dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Owing to a glitch at Foob Central, I've just learned that today's strip is not what I expected; that's because it's the one in which Mike's friends come over after Christmas dinner to look at the stuff he got that morning. The payoff line has John make a passive-aggressive comment about how they come up to neighborhood standards.

(Strip Number 526, Original Publication Date, 26 December 1983)

Panel 1: We start things off with Mike asking Elly if Lawrence, Gordon and Janice can come in for a minute.

Panel 2: It would seem that Elly said yes because we see them take off their coats while Mike explains that he wants to show them what he got for Christmas.

Panel 3: As she and John wash the dishes, they overhear the neighborhood children's praising Mike for getting some really neat stuff.

Panel 4: John makes a waspish comment about how he guesses that they come up to neighborhood standards.

Summary: The interesting thing is that I was expecting the children to be slammed for being materialistic and unappreciative today. I just assumed that the means would be different because I was expecting Elly's holiday cheer to vanish faster than Lynn can fill a panel with TEAR! SHRED! RIIIIIIIP!! so she can inform her readers that the children aren't playing statue but are instead opening gifts.

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