We like the psychiatrist couch / maze wall gag.
Showing it’s age a little bit more, this strip shows a TV screen as having round edges. Far from being a monitor on Apollo 9, this is more like a fucked up version of the Matrix, with the Architect peering at Pac, through a bank of existential CRTs (like he does with Neo, but without the need to look the door and “unzip”). Thisishowthe JOKE SOUNDS TO MEEEEEEEEEEEE.
Dr Hock: “I am Dr Hamhock. I created the Mazetrix. I’ve been waiting for you. You have many questions, and although the process has altered your consciousness, you remain irrevocably Pizza-Pie. Ergo, some of my answers you will understand, and some of them you will not. Concordantly, while your first question may be the most pertinent, you may or may not realize it is also the most irrelevant.”
Pac: “Why am I here? I know it’s weird, Doc, but sometimes I have the feeling that someone is controlling my every move.”
Dr Hock: “Your life is the sum of a remainder of an unbalanced equation inherent to the programming of the Mazetrix. You are the eventuality of an anomaly, which despite my sincerest efforts I have been unable to eliminate from what is otherwise a harmony of mathematical precision. While it remains a burden assiduously avoided, it is not unexpected, and thus not beyond a measure of control. Which has led you, inexorably, to looking for an excuse to over-eat.”