dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,
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Friday, 23 May 2014

In today's strip, we have a hint that John is lying about what he thinks about Elly's figure because he doesn't want her to unhinge her jaw and bite his head clean off for lying to her about being thin because she's convinced that she's fat and ugly and oooooold. This is because he doesn't want to complain about being forced to eat diet food by a woman too stupid to admit that just this once, she should be a short-order cook.

(Strip Number 4501, Original Publication Date, 24 May 1985)

Panel 1: Mike asks Elly the very good question of why everyone has to eat yucky, tasteless, unappealing diet food when she's the only one actually on a diet.

Panel 2: She smiles as she explains that if she has to make a special meal for herself, the fact that she's duty bound to make sure that everyone eats the same thing because otherwise, they'd defeat her by making a short-order cook of her.

Panel 3: She then points out that unlike him, Daddy isn't complaining.

Panel 4: John thought-bubbles that he's keeping his mouth shut because he wants to live to see retirement.

Summary: He's also trying to avoid digging a hole trying to explain that no, he doesn't want her to be fat and no, he doesn't hate her cooking and a whole bunch of other opinions she assigns to him because she never outgrew the belief that criticism comes from hatred.
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