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Friday, June 2, 2006

Panel 1: We do not get to see Liz’s response to Jesse calling her on her line about having a reason for everything from yesterday’s strip. What we know is that whatever response Liz gave, Jesse went home and Liz followed him (in sock feet if the colourist is to be believed). So we can presume she gave a pretty upsetting answer, or knowing Liz, just made some extraordinarily bad pun like there “No. Jesse what I said was that everything vibrates, so there is a reason-ance or ‘resonance’ for everything. Get it?” In any case, we learn today that Mtigwaki is advanced enough to have recycling pick up, and Jesse’s aunt Marg has such a problem with flies, that she leaves a flyswatter hanging outside her door.

Panel 2: Liz tries to sooth Jesse by explaining that leaving Mtigwaki is going to be hard for her. I suppose she shouldn’t mention she cried she was so happy she got a job in Mississauga to Jesse, like she did to Paul. Jesse, in the meantime, has assumed the old 1950s Superman flying pose in his bed. Jesse’s bed looks a lot like Meredith’s bed. He has toy car on the headboard/bookcase, and beside the hung picture, he has 2 drawings, one of which looks to me to be a geometrically-shaped chicken head.

Panel 3: Unlike yesterday, Liz does not promise to visit Mtigwaki. I guess she realized that was not going to happen, so she might as well stop lying about it. These promises are much easier. A single letter will satisfy the writing promise, and she knows that Aunt Marg is not going to pack up Jesse and drive all the way to Mississauga for a visit. Liz mistakes Jesse’s emotion for anger, when what it appears to me to be is grief.

Panel 4: Jesse is like a gigantic bottle of green things which Aunt Marg appears to be trying to open. Possibly she is having difficulty because her left eye is significantly higher on her face than her right. Or possibly she is distracted by Liz’s sudden loss of any eyes. Or possibly it’s because Aunt Marg is angry because she did the final pun of the strip one panel too early and now she has to keep talking in the next panel. Aunt Marg says to herself, “It was a 4-panel strip yesterday. I was expecting 4 panels. Why is it 5 today?”

Panel 5: Aunt Marg’s hair experiences a sudden growth since the prior panel and she waxes philosophically about glass bottles where you can’t what’s inside. Liz has a startled look on her face as she thinks, “Wait! You can see inside a glass bottle. I can see those green things. We are never going to let Aunt Marg give the closing pun of the strip again. She is just blowing it.” So, Jesse is a boy who bottles things up and won’t speak to people. It is so good to see that after 2 years of being taught by Liz, he follows his teacher’s example so well.
Tags: howtheduck, stalker jesse, white goose flies south, why do they let this woman teach?
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