October 17th, 2008

Indignant Candiru

Saturday, 18 October 2008

As you know, yesterday's strip featured Annie warning Elly not to trust John in the least while seeming to tell her to trust him. I'd like to think that we'd have a new-run that had Elly seem to forgive John while she really didn't just to drive the message that John/Rod is a shitburger with extra sleaze home. We could, however, have a furry curveball thrown at us as Fred the fish rings down the curtain. That would lead us directly to the strip's transformation into "For Farley or For Worse".

Well, we got two of the key players for the second scenario at hand.

Panel 1; We start the strip with Elly staring at the bathroom mirror SIGHing. Reason: she's started to believe that she's as ugly as John says she is.

Panel 2: We next see her at the kitchen table. Mike confides that he thought she was the prettiest mom at Parent's Night. She asks if he's sincere.

Panel 3: She hugs him, tells him it's a sweet thing to say and asks why he said it.

Panel 4: He doesn't know....

Panel 5:...but it looks to him that she needed positive reinforcement. This proves three things. First, he's aware she ain't getting it from Daddy Douchenozzle. Second, he's using age-inappropriate vocabulary because Lynn wants to remind us that she met Charles Schulz. Third, that Aaron was a proud but discreet member of Team Lynn during the divorce.

Summary: Now that we've proved that Mike's later insensitivity was caused by his corruption by Darth Trainman, let's kill the fish so we can get the puppy.