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In "His Visit: Day One" John goes over to Shaun outside the Snug Harbor Hotel and they both simultaneously draw a stick figure on the ground, and then spin around. They also draw on the floor in the police station before spinning around.

In "His Visit: Day Three" Meyer Dickstein is also outside the Snug Harbor Hotel drawing on the ground with his foot, and later Dr. Smith spins around with John.


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  • I certainly think that Shaun, Meyer Dickstein and Dr. Smith are all people who do what they do because they enjoy/believe in it, rather than for ulterior motives... not sure if this is related though Krusty 05:55, 4 July 2007 (UTC)
  • Not sure -- I've got to go back and watch the episode again -- but it looked like in episode 105, we got a clearer view of what he drew. To me, it looked like a P with an X through it, a Christ symbol. From a website, the "PX" symbol is a monogram of the Holy Name of Christ which is spelled xpistos in Greek, the original language of the Christian Testament. [1] What do you think?

[2] Hendo1769 20:59, 16 July 2007 (UTC)

  • In "His Visit: Day Five", John made reference to this in the cookout sequence, when he talked about the circle and the line, or the 0 and 1. I think it's a stick figure of a person, with the circle as the head and a line as the body. I'll check the episode and get a quote. -- Danny (talk) 21:44, 16 July 2007 (UTC)
  • John clearly draws a circle, a line, and upside-down V. From the audience point of view, it looks like O--< Although that does look similar to a stick figure, the "arms" are missing. 68.166.155.242 08:54, 17 July 2007 (UTC)
OH! I get it now! Thanks for elucidating that one for me, Milch. In seriousness, I imagine it will become clear what he's drawing and why, but it seems just a bit early at this point. Hendo1769 18:39, 17 July 2007 (UTC)
  • After the foot drawing at the cookout, I was pretty certain it was a peace sign. This goes with the surfing culture of the show, the themes, and makes sense why Shauny would have been copying John rather than asking "what are you drawing/doing" in the earlier episode. BoomKing
  • It is not a peace sign -- it is a stick figure of a man, arms or not, standing upright on two legs. eegorr 15:30, 18 July 2007 (UTC)
  • Agree that it is 0--< It's the same symbol on the black T-shirt the cast member is wearing in this shot. Room45 18:29, 18 July 2007 (UTC)
  • Here's a shot of the actor who plays Palaka wearing a hat with the symbol on it. Room45 20:53, 18 July 2007 (UTC)
  • What does 0--< symbolize? Its a depiction of a man standing upright? Has it not been found to be an icon or logo for an existing idea or group?
  • I think its a fish. I remember reading about this symbol in Quo Vadis. This is what very early Christians drew in the sand before been fed to lions in roman coliseum:
The plump eyes of Sporus became plumper still at this sight, and the wine was soon before Chilo. Moistening his fingers in it, he drew a fish on the table, and said,--"Knowest what that means?"
"A fish? Well, a fish,--yes, that's a fish."
"Thou art dull; though thou dost add so much water to the wine that thou mightst find a fish in it. This is a symbol which, in the language of philosophers, means 'the smile of fortune.' If thou hadst divined it, thou too mightst have made a fortune. Honor philosophy, I tell thee, or I shall change my wineshop,--an act to which Petronius, my personal friend, has been urging me this long time." Jkb 07:43, 30 July 2007 (UTC)
  • I think it's pretty much a done deal at this point that it's a stick figure. Check out John's film in "His Visit: Day Seven". -- Danny (talk) 02:52, 31 July 2007 (UTC)

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