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Thursday, 20 August 2020

The one where Gordon editorializes about the dreadful mental illness that is called 'love'.

(Original Publication Date, 22 August 1991)

Panel 1: Having observed that Mike isn't there, Liz asks Gordon where he went. When Gordo says that he went to see Martha, Liz said that this morning, she was history. This tells us that Mike is a cad who left his girlfriend in the dark for at least twelve hours because of a specious reason and an overweening need to lick his wounds.

Panel 2: Liz is baffled because Mike was the one apologizing despite the one being hurt. This tells us that Liz is an unreflective dimwit who never gets her facts straight. Gordon tells her that he's seen it over and over.

Panel 3: He tells her that when you fall in love, your brains disintegrate, you lose your ability to reason, you make a total clown of yourself because love is a weird, insidious illness.

This tells us that Lynn is into what immature people mistake for wisdom: cynicism. As Colbert said, it's a crutch for people who want to hide from a world that's hurt them.

Panel 4: He then sort of contradicts himself by wishing it would happen to him.

Summary: It doesn't really happen to him as such. What happens to him is that he's been assigned a wife and will be a loudspeaker for Lynn's belief that marriage and happiness are best when the confusing and disappointing horror that is love is not part of the equation.
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