I'd debated having a Jason Todd-style vote for whether or not Shatner stayed around. Then I remembered I wanted him gone for a spell anyhow to let some of the other characters breathe - and that he could still make an impression while away.
And also that it's easy to handwave "One Year Later" as a writer. And that it's even easier to handwave "Seven Years Later" if you've seen the MST3K take on "The Final Sacrifice."
Hmmm.... I wonder if Rowsdower would make a good Shakespearian actor?
Edit: the small text in the last few panels is supposed to indicate whispering - but it just looks like I was running out of room (which, admittedly, I was a bit...)
Erna Stavros Blofeld. lolol. That would be terrifying indeed. Well bye Bill! No doubt you'll do some incredibly stupid things while you're gone. ;)
Oh, you have no idea how stupid. He'll be a new man if all goes according to plan. First, though, there's plenty to deal with here and now...