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Closed for Business
Cartoon Brian

Closed for Business

Original Release Date: May 15, 2012

This page doesn't seem to be all that notable, save for the introduction of Ohtani, but it has a lot of subtle touches that I like. For example, Renee and Ohtani's fake business, Confidential Cargo, is located in what appears to be a strip mall, their windows adorned with call-to-action posters to get people inside to buy lasers and gadgets and whatnot. On top of that, the limo is parked outside of it. Put it all together, and it's a really goofy visual.

Secondly, despite everything going on, Renee and Stu take the time to bring the shrimp and champagne in from the back of the limo, which seems really silly. I wonder if the women in the backseat are still there, or if Stu and Renee took the time to book them a flight to L.A. or put them in a hotel or something. We never see them again, so we can assume they have been taken care of and sent on their way.

The last thing I like about this page is Ohtani's admission to falling asleep watching TV. Even Ohtani, the most disciplined and reasonable of The Six, is vulnerable to modern comforts and entertainment. Figures.

I don't know if it's ever made clear that Ohtani is merely possessed by one of the spirits of The Six, and that he's not actually one of them. Much like the Viisi scientists, he is simply a vessel, not to discredit him or anything--I'm sure he's an extremely capable human being on his own.