dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Sunday, 3 June 2018

A tepid and relatively benign joke is made about how people aren't in the habit of noticing their behavioural quirks.

(Strip Number 6744, Original Publication Date, 4 June 1989)

Panel 1: It's breakfast time on a weekend morning. As Mike reads something, we find him trying not to react to John noisily slurping his coffee.

Panel 2: When John sighs in satisfaction, Mike's inability to not react sets the pace for today's outing.

Panel 3: We zoom out to find that John is being accompanied by Elly who makes copious noise gobbling down her Nootra Bran. This attracts Mike's attention.

Panel 4: We switch back to John slurping coffee and leaving Mike gobsmacked.

Panel 5: When John slurps down his coffee like a farmer and Elly makes noises like a gorilla eating a log cabin, Mike is really beside himself with irritation.

Panel 6: He looks as if he's about to have his own personal KAPOW!! when this persists.

Panel 7: He yells AUUUUUUUGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!! like a Peanuts character and surprises his parents. (He also looks like one.)

Panel 8: They stare in confusion when he walks away from the table with a disgusted look on his face.

Panel 9: They shrug in confusion when he turns on the radio and listens to headache music to drown out the racket they're making eating like savages.

Panel 10: Since John and Elly have no idea of what they've done to bother him, John gets all pious, stupid and fist-magnety when he declares that Today's Kids don't know how to cope with a little silence.

Summary: The interesting thing is that John seems to have been made the accidental instigator of a lot more of these "They don't understand how annoying their antics are so are accidentally hypocrites" strips than Elly was. My guess is that Rod has a lot of endearing traits that got on Lynn's last nerve.

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