692: Dirty Harry
Title text: Sci-fi has energy weapons because otherwise the people like me who watch it get distracted counting shots.
In Dirty Harry, Clint Eastwood's character, Harry Callahan, uses a magnum revolver. His most commonly quoted statement is whether he fired 5 shots or 6. If he fired only five, the next shot would kill his victim. If six, he wouldn't have any more bullets to shoot. It should be noted that revolvers don't actually use the 6th slot for reasons of safety.
In Rain Man, Dustin Hoffman's character, Raymond, is autistic and has an eidetic memory. As such, he can instantly remember any number of objects, such as the number of toothpicks in a box that was spilled, or the number of bullets that came out of a gun.
The comic depicts a scene in Dirty Harry in which Callahan confronts a bank robber, only with Raymond taking the place of the robber. For the record, Raymond is correct; Callahan actually pulls the trigger one more time in the original scene, and the gun proves to be empty.
The title text notes that many sci-fi energy guns do not shoot discrete quantities of bullets, which Randall jokes is because viewers won't get sidetracked counting bullets.
- [Detective "Dirty" Harry Callahan stands near a wall, pointing a revolver at another figure, presumably a suspect, reclined on the ground. A shotgun is on the ground next to the reclined figure.]
- Harry Callahan: I know what you're thinking--"Did he fire six shots or only five?" In all this excitement, I-
- Suspect: Six. Definitely six.
- Harry Callahan: Shit.
- Dirty Harry Meets Rain Man
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