# TOM THE DANCING BUG: Billy Dare - Get that McGuffin!

TOM THE DANCING BUG: In which the plot is rocketed forward when Billy Dare discovers he simply must obtain a McGuffin! I'm lovin' it!

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1. knoxblox says:

I’m wondering if he used a plot coupon?

2. Jellodyne says:

At least it wasn’t Ving Rhames’ soul.

3. crummett says:

Man, I could go for a McGuffin right about now. And supersize it!

You’ll need a green screen to go with it, lots of crappy CGI in the McGuffins nowadays.

4. kiptw says:

Ho ho, Readers! Looks like Billy’s got Egg McGuffin on his face!

5. This will be much funnier in IMAX 3D.

6. steve heath says:

I wish TinTin and Snowy were on the case instead of those two phony’s. Great Snakes that would be action.

IL is 49.  Smaller numbers before larger numbers are subtracted from the larger number.

1. jimkirk says:

Interesting.  I’ve seen this within a decade, like XL (40), IV (4) or IX (9), never saw it spanning more than one decade.
So V is 5,000 and to that we add ILXVI, parsing 49 + 16 (XVI) for 65?  Why not just LXV?  Still puzzled.

1. chenille says:

It’s a little hard to make out here, but the bar is supposed to cover both the V and I. You can see this a bit clearer in the last episode here, Into the Uncanny Valley.

So it’s not out of place and no unusual rules are required. The chapter here is VI x 1000 + LXVI = 6066, and the previous one was 6070. I assume the chapters between are reserved for the inner hive.

8. It’s out of place. Look, he just added the i back at the end. Of course he’s probably just making a deliberately silly Roman numeral.

9. “an Auntie Anne’s pretzels”? Even in the UK that would be grammatically inconsistent.

10. curiousrobot says:

It’s an “Auntie Anne’s Pretzels.” It’s a chain of stores; so the awkward construction would be like saying “in a ‘Heron Foods.'”

11. Mitch Skinner says:

Red herring’s not too bad if you add a little twist of plot.