December 18th, 2005

Sunday, December 18

Panel 1: Ah, the childlike wonder of the aged!

Panel 2: Now, how are we to interpret this? Did Jim's tone indicate that he thought snow was unusual at this time of year? Or is it a matter of Iris being condescending, like "Of COURSE, it's snowing, my enfeebled husband! You've seen it before: BFD!"

Panel 3: Well, what does he normally do -- play tennis? Or does he wish he could go on another horticultural tour and be rude to the guides again?

Panel 4: Okay, but why Elly? This is a seniors' community, as I recall; surely there's something going on, or at least a card game they can get in on. Or has Jim alienated all the other residents?

Panel 5: Wow, Jim is channeling Jeremy, from Zits!

Panel 6: Ha, ha. But wouldn't Elly have made this suggestion over the phone? How long did it take her to get there, anyway, with the snow and all?

Panel 7-8-9-10: Man, he is really losing it. No ability to censor himself, flying off the handle like a child, being ungrateful to his daughter...Although I will say this is realistic. Still, you'd almost think the idea is to make it so we won't miss him when he goes.

Monday, December 19

"Quotes": One.

Panel 1: At last, we catch up with Liz! And it appears that Viv has the same tea fixation Elly does.

Panel 2: Ooh, meeting the parents, eh? I assume, anyway. See, that would be an interesting sequence: Paul driving Liz to White River, but then balking when she assumes that he's going to introduce her to his parents, because he hasn't yet told them that he's involved with a Southerner, a white one no less. AIUI, that can be a sticking point with some Natives. But Lynn probably won't explore that angle, because it would present Natives as less than noble.

Panel 3: Well, in this case, the "quotes" might not be completely gratuitous. But see, if you only have the strips to go on, then you don't know what Viv is basing this on. And that is one big-ass table!

Panel 4: Oh, Liz. You can't go through your whole life trying to avoid complication! Now, granted, getting involved with a married man is a complication you don't need, but you seem to have a low threshold of "complication" in general.

Also, that "rrrrriiiiing" gives the impression that that's a *very* old phone, like the kind they had in the days of party lines.

Panel 5: Or, not. Looks like a cell phone. Still, doesn't Liz have a cell? But of course, Morsel contacts Liz in a way guaranteed to get maximum attention.