dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Watching John and the others turn changing a burned-out light bulb into a four-star production allows Mike to cast shade as regards how dorky adults are.

(Strip Number 6806, Original Publication Date, 27 August 1989)

Panel 1: As John looks on, Elly gushes about how great the evening of cards she's got planned with Greg, Connie, Anne and Steve is going to be because they haven't hosted one in ages.

Panel 2: We zoom in on John so he can thought-bubble how much he hates playing cards. Little does he know that he'll hate something else far worse soon.

Panel 3: The strip proper begins with John welcoming the neighbours over.

Panel 4: When Elly turns on the light on, it chooses that exact second to burn out. Why it is that the guests were gathered together to watch this is a puzzle.

Panel 5: We find John on a step-stool because the ceiling is suddenly six feet higher than it used to be because Lynn is probably remembering someone replacing a whole entire lighting fixture. This means the simple task of changing the light bulb turns into a less simple one when the bulb breaks in his hand. As John looks at the fixture in consternation, Elly volunteers to get some pliers instead of asking if he'd cut his hand on the shards.

Panel 6: As Elly tells John to be careful with the broken bulb, Steve volunteers to shut off the circuit breaker owing to a reasonable fear as regards the competence of the electricians in the district while Connie asks where the flashlight is.

Panel 7: When Elly tells John that they're out of spare bulbs, Anne volunteers to walk home and get him one.

Panel 8: As he watches from the other room, Mike tells Liz that he'd always wondered what the answer to a question he'd had was. She asks him what it was.

Panel 9: What he'd wondered was "how many parents does it take to change a light bulb." This allows Lynn to castigate Aaron for underestimating how smart she and Rod are because she thinks that the one time she saw someone have to change a light bulb is how it goes all the time.

Summary: Why it is that we're getting a Sunday from late August this early in the year is a complete mystery. All that I do know is that having Mike call parents out on being stupid given his severe case of brain rot is rather hypocritical of him.

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