dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Elly's attempt to punish Michael by making him eat a sandwich instead of her good stuff fails hilariously because she's a terrible cook who makes indigestible slop.

(Strip Number 478, Original Publication Date, 11 October 1983)

Panel 1: A rather displeased Elly tells Michael that if he doesn't like what she cooked, he can eat a sandwich. This, as the notes will probably indicated, is most likely intended to be a punishment for turning down her wonderful food.

Panel 2: Given that he's excited by the possibility of eating a peanut butter and honey sandwich instead of Cheapie Weenie Casserole with Mushrooms, her sighing as she grants him permission to do so suggests that she is unaware that he doesn't see it as a punishment in the least.

Panel 3: Lizzie's wanting what Mike is having is, judging from her reaction, what does suggest to her that her attempt to shame him failed.

Panel 4: John's meek and grudging statement that he likes what they're having angers her because she realizes that he wants very much to also be 'punished' by going without supper.

Summary: This is an example of an attempt at discipline gone wrong because not being punished is so much God-damned worse than the penalty for the 'crime'.

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