dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Today's strip has Mike reveal that he actually does care quite a lot about the opinions of other people when they tell him that he's in the wrong.

(Strip Number 963, Original Publication Date, 23 October 1985)

Panel 1: As Deanna and her friend walk away from him, Mike gives them both the stink-eye and thought-bubbles "So be mad at me Deanna! See if I care!"

Panel 2: As he trudges down the hallway all rage-faced, he thought-bubbles "See if I care if you go to the Halloween party or not" because he doesn't and never will live in a world where he isn't the best person ever and rejecting him means rejecting doing things.

Panel 3: As the oblivious twit draws attention to himself by internally monologuing with his hands, he thought-bubbles "See if I care if you never talk to me again!!"

Panel 4: When he completes his transformation into his mother by yelling "Look at ME!! DO I CARE?!" to no one in particular, he's so wrapped up in his own squishy emotions, he doesn't notice the people wondering what the Hell the dentist's imbecile son is screaming about now.

Summary: We transition from his refusal to admit when he's in the wrong to an arc that combines Lynn's need to castigate her children for rejecting the love in her great big heart by thinking for themselves and the complete lack of ability to understand the real world that makes said 'rejection' a survival mechanism.

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