dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Saturday, 31 March 2012

In today's strip, we have to endure more of Elly's caterwauling about the bad man who doesn't do what he's supposed to and take a bellowing moron from Vancouver seriously; this leads to John making a wise-ass comment about how great he looks in comparison.

(Strip Number 6016, Original Publication Date, 9 April 1983)

Panel 1: We find John and Elly in bed; since she wasn't able to convince Connie to spurn Ted like a rabid dog and won't admit that he's got a lot going for him, she asks John what Connie could possibly see in a man who won't roll over and play dead when she throws a God-damned temper tantrum.

Panel 2: Also, since he doesn't see the need to live a life he knows he's going to hate so that a malicious twerp from the West Coast can have her mean-spirited fun at his expense, she declares him the most selfish, unreasonable person she's ever met.

Panel 3: She then tries to put John on the spot by asking him what possible good could come from a relationship that isn't going to lead to the self-induced Hell she thinks is real life.

Panel 4: His comment about how it makes their own horrible relationship look perfect serves the purpose of puffing up the ego of a dimwitted scold who won't allow herself to enjoy life lest she be seen as immature.

Summary: You might have noticed my need to editorialize. The reason I did so is that I think that Ted's villainy is mostly of the informed variety and mostly stems from his being a pastiche of all the horrible, horrible men who wouldn't allow themselves to be snagged by a creepy weirdo who blew off art school because she thought it was getting in the way of landing a maaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyuuuuuuuuuunnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn. 

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