dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

In today's strip, Brad promises to beat the snot outta Mike; Mike counters by saying that he's got friends who'll stick up for him only to be shocked that "getting punched out by a cliché" is right on top of Gordo and Lawrence's "to don't" lists.

(Strip Number 499, Original Publication Date, 15 November 1983)

Panel 1: We pick things up between periods. Since Brad can't read minds and (according to his Liography) thinks that Mike flicked the eraser at him because that's what rich jerks do to poor kids, says that Mike did that on purpose only to have Mike 'lie' to him and protest his innocence.

Panel 2: Since he got whapped in the head and thinks that he just got BSed by a ratfink, Brad tells Nerdhead Patterson "Just you wait...I'll get you LATER!!"

Panel 3: Mike's response is to tell his antagonist that he's got good friends who'll stick up for him. Given that Gordon and Lawrence look as if they're about to say "We don't know this boy," I don't like his chances of having company getting clobbered by Innately Criminal Because His Daddy Doesn't Make Enough Brad.

Panel 4: Given that Good Friend Gordo says "Goodbye, Mike" and Bosom Pal Lawrence says "Yeah....So long," I should think that we've taken care of the "social isolation of the victim" phase of the bullying experience.

Summary: What to my recollection never gets taken care of is the "alert authorities" phase of the experience. Seriously, what is wrong with Lynn that she insist on the no-snitching bullshit that makes the lives of little children miserable for nothing?

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