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Thursday, 28 February 2019

(Originally published Thursday, March 1, 1990)
The one where we learn why Lawrence is not at this dance (aside from the obvious whites-only dance answer.)

Panel 1: Martha seems to have returned back to Michael, who is still busy drinking punch.  She asks him for the last dance and he responds with an enthusiastic, “Uh…I guess so.”  What was Martha doing while she was gone?  My guess is dancing with other boys since Michael seemed to have been more concerned with Peter Kent’s self-destruction, talking with Darryl Smythe about Gordon and non-stop eating.

Panel 2: Michael is confused about why Martha started seeing Lawrence instead of him and then even more confused when she came back to him.  He asks, “How come?”  What Michael does not know is that he has confirmed the following things:



  1. The other guy that Martha was seeing for the last 10 months was Lawrence.

  2. He acknowledges that Martha is the one in control of the situation.

  3. He acknowledges that he has no idea why Martha would come back to him.

Panel 3: Martha reveals that her interest in Lawrence was merely a 10-month-long ploy to get Michael’s interest.  10 months is long time to do that.  I suspect Martha lost interest in Lawrence for other reasons, but we will not have them revealed to us.   Now for the word “like” done 4 times because everyone knows that when you say a word over and over again, that makes for a funny.   Other dialogue choices just as funny might have been:

Martha: I never really loved Lawrence, I just, you know, loved him – you’re the one I really loved!
Mike: {thinking}  A lovely story.

Martha: I never really smelled Lawrence, I just, you know, smelled him – you’re the one I really smelled!
Mike: {thinking}  A smelly story.

Martha: I never really tasted Lawrence, I just, you know, tasted him – you’re the one I really tasted!
Mike: {thinking}  A tastey story.

Martha: I never really diddled Lawrence, I just, you know, diddled him – you’re the one I really diddled!
Mike: {thinking}  A diddley story.

Martha: I never really phoned Lawrence, I just, you know, phoned him – you’re the one I really phoned!
Mike: {thinking}  A phoney story

Martha: I never really doped Lawrence, I just, you know, doped him – you’re the one I really doped!
Mike: {thinking}  A dopey story

Martha: I never really caged Lawrence, I just, you know, caged him – you’re the one I really caged!
Mike: {thinking}  A cagey story

Someone stop me!

Panel 4: Martha seems to realize that she has to throw herself at Michael more than once to get him, since his attention wanders so much and he is easily distracted by drunk people and food.

Summary: Martha seals the deal with Michael and leaves Lawrence behind.   Poor Lawrence.  Poor Martha. 
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