dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Sunday, 13 November 2016

In today's strip, a despondent Lizzie comes to the conclusion that she should get John to help her clean her room.

(Strip Number 7251, Original Publication Date, 15 November 1987)

Panel 1: We start things off with Elly in her traditional nose-in-the-air, eyes-shut-tight, back-turned-to-her-child posture of reminding her children that she can't bear the sight of them if they disappoint her even in the slightest as she tells Lizzie once again that she cannot go out until her room is completely cleaned up.

Panel 2: Lizzie asks Elly to define 'completely'.

Panel 3: Having been reminded that 'completely' means 'until outsiders can be reassured that children have never sullied Elly's nice clean house', Lizzie slumps on her bed and thought-bubbles 'No fair.'

Panel 4: She doesn't want to clean that whole mess up by herself because she's been raised to think that housework is the worst thing ever by someone bad at it.

Panel 5: Like said idiot mother, Lizzie wishes that there were magic words she could use to make someone help her.

Panel 6: Suddenly, she remembers said magic words.

Panel 7: She leaves the room to use the magic words.

Panel 8: We find her asking John if he'll help her clean her room.

Summary: Since John fears Elly's irrational rages, he's going to use the counterspell "No dice, kiddo." Also, no one will ever mention the connection between Elly wailing about how haaaaaard housework is and the kids' reluctance to do something that their mother says is painful and bad.

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