dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Sunday, 20 May 2018

We get a very real hint as to why Elly lets Farley roam about at large: he gets in the way of her failed attempts at gardening.

(Strip Number 7041, Original Publication Date, 21 May 1989)

Panel 1: We start things off with Elly and Liz going to Schutz's Garden Centre to buy something and also to almost curry favor with an idol of Lynn's.

Panel 2: Having returned home, we find that they've bought a set of bedding plants to put where Farley always flops down on Sunday strips in order to ruin Elly's life.

Panel 3: A smiling Elly (almost a contraction in terms, isn't it?) puts on gardening gloves as she prepares to spruce up that blank space that always seems to have a dog in it.

Panel 4: She smiles as she plants the bedding plants unaware of a problem.

Panel 5: We shift perspective to see what that problem is and find that Elly has an audience: Farley. As one could expect, he's standing there like the shaggy idiot he is watching the yelling thing put plants where he sleeps.

Panel 6: He watches her walk off so as to dispose of the containers the plants came in.

Panel 7: He then sighs contentedly as he flops down on the bedding plants and ruins them because of course he does.

Panel 8: When Elly returns and sees him there, she freaks out. As she does so, Liz points out that they ARE bedding plants.

Summary: What we got here is ritual Farley castigation in the service of a very stupid punchline. If it ain't him digging in the garden because John stupidly buries bait there because he thinks he's helping, it's John AND ELLY losing their minds because he's about to whizz on a new shrub and that's supposedly horrible.

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