dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,
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Sunday, 12 August 2012

In today's strip, John stupidly reveals that some of the compliments he pays Elly are lies. The reason that this is a problem is that he refuses to remember that he married a raging paranoiac who thinks that being diplomatic is being deceived.

(Strip Number 7141, Original Publication Date, 14 August 1983)

Panel 1: We begin the strip with a panel of the smacky, messy, gobbly eating that so disgusts trumanf.

Panel 2: Having eaten his fill of Elly's questionable cooking, Mike asks if he can leave the table.

Panel 3: John tells Elly that that was a delicious supper. If he'd stopped there, we'd all be better off but our boy is sort of stupid.

Panel 4: He proves this by pointing out that he actually complimented her cooking. This compliment confuses her.

Panel 5: Y'see, it seems to have gotten back to him that he's thought of as disliking her indigestible slop and made noise about her just throwing it together; this is why he rattles on all defensively about how she can't tell him that he doesn't notice how hard she works on a meal. His praise makes her smile.

Panel 6: He does notice.

Panel 7: As a matter of fact, he always makes a point of saying what a great meal she makes.

Panel 8: His telling her that he compliments her cooking no matter how bad it is replaces her smile with a baffled frown.

Summary: Given that he makes a back-handed compliment that implies that he thinks she's lazy a few days from now, you want to tell him to stop saying words.
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