dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Saturday, 18 August 2012

We end the week with John seeing Michael's being a pain in the arse to people who aren't him as a good thing. Mind you, most of why Mike is diagnosed with having a bad attitude is John's belief that no one is allowed to subject his groovy self to the sort of hatefulness he casually dispenses to the people who need keeping on their toes but as long as JSTF is protected, Mike can go and do with the thing.

(Strip Number 453, Original Publication Date, 20 August 1983)

Panel 1: A short while after the phone call, we find John asking why Mike is in his room. Elly tells him that he was teasing Lizzie.

Panel 2: Elly then tells John that Mike gets that from him, John is mystified by this.

Panel 3: She then explains that the two of them are (sadistic) practical jokers and hateful verbal abusersincredible teases and thus impossible to live with by times. He mutters "Really?"

Panel 4: The fact that he has pride in his voice because he thought that all he has was his good looks irritates Elly.

Summary: What should really infuriate Elly is not that John can't see Mike teasing Lizzie as a bad thing "because children fight and since we can't prevent it, we should just let the chips fall where they may" because she's the same way. What should bother is that John clearly seems to see himself as fighting a rear-guard action against people who want to keep him from saying anything at all. In his mind, if he has to think about other people before he runs his mouth, his right to freedom of expression is totally destroyed.

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