dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Sunday, 11 November 2012

The interesting thing about today's strip is that it's the third in what might be called a trilogy of quiet, tidy little slice of life strips that would resonate emotionally with most people. The strip itself has Mike react like a stereotypical nine-year old when confronted with the gross-out stuff that is his married parents showing affection towards each other in front of God, nature and quite possibly the friends that'd ride him for it for what seems like an eternity to a small child.

(Strip Number 7146, Original Publication Date, 13 November 1983)

Panel 1: We find the Pattersons walking around a local park on a pleasant mid-autumn day; John delights at the clean, crisp early November air and the brilliantly coloured leaves and Elly says that it's an absolutely perfect day for a walk.

Panel 2: Since Lizzie is kinda low to the ground and kinda doesn't realize that she weighs a lot and kinda wants to see what Mommy is talking about, she asks to be carried.

Panel 3: The strip most people will actually see starts off with Lizzie playing in the leaves and Michael watching John and Elly walk arm in arm up the path.

Panel 4: He motions to Lizzie to be silent about the gross-out kissing Mommy and Daddy are doing.

Panel 5: John notices that Mike and Lizzie are staring at him and Elly as if they're clubbing seals.

Panel 6: He then asks if there's something wrong with his kissing Elly on a beautiful autumn day. Mike says that he guesses that there isn't anything wrong.

Panel 7: He then asks "But d'you hafta do it in PUBLIC??"

Summary: Well, this isn't exactly the freshest gag. Heck, Ketcham allowed as how he lifted it off of someone else. Thing is that stale jokes like this work for a reason. I just wish that the Lynnsight wasn't going to make it not work.

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