dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Friday, 7 April 2017

John thinks that he's trying to impress upon Mike that part of growing up means having to do a lot of things you'd rather not do. The problem is that John forgets the carrot part of the whole carrot-and-stick deal because he needs to play stupid fucking head games like this more than he needs to be a father or decent person.

(Strip Number 1275, Original Publication Date, 7 April 1988)

Panel 1: Mike responds to the less than minimum work bit by hollering about how unfair it is that all John and Elly ever want him to do IS work.

Panel 2: Childhood, he says, should be about fun, not chores that he never gets thanked for. He should thus be allowed to wait until he's grown up to work.

Panel 3: He then asks why John says that his plan is a bad one.

Panel 4: John says that if they do it Mike's way, he ain't gonna know how to work when he's grown.

Summary: This is slightly better advice than his stupid comment about counting on one's fingers when Mike desperately needs reassurance that he's not going to crash and burn as a writer. Then again, John isn't all that much smarter than Mike is really and honestly believes that if Mike agrees to stop playing and having a social life right the Hell now, he'll end up lving on a steam grate.

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