dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Saturday, 30 June 2018

We transition away from Year One to the first few years of the strip when we flash back to Mike trying to bullshit his way out of being punished for playing too damned rough with Toddler Lizzie.

(Strip Number 1616, Original Publication Date, 1 July 1989)

Panel 1: As we are treated to an image of one-year-old Lizzie happily playing in her jolly jumper, Elly narrates about how fast she seemed to grow and how being old enough to do so seemed to have hapenned before anyone noticed. Since we're glossing over things, it should be obvious that Lizzie won't be left alone for long.

Panel 2: Suddenly (for some reason that should be obvious to long-term readers), Lizzie is being involuntarily shaken violently and it's scaring the crap outta her.....probably literally.

Panel 3: We then zoom out to see WHY she'd been jostled so violently: it's Mike being a jerk and tormenting her by shaking the blasted thing because he isn't the center of attention any more. Having finally noticed this, Elly bellows his name.

Panel 4: As Angry Elly comes drags Mike off to make him think about what he's done, he tries to deflect the beating he got in the original by saying that he was just helpin'Lizzie play.

Summary: We've transitioned away from "Carrie takes over the house" as a source of hardship to "Mike is a destructive influence on Elizabeth" because "children want their poor mothers to live in a world of chaos." Lynn and Elly tend to emphasize his teaching Liz to misbehave and not on what should matter: his tormenting her out of idiot spite and malice.

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