January 29th, 2010

Snarky Candiru2

Saturday, 30 January 2010

We're about to see something really wrong-headed today; Elly patting herself on the back for how well she didn't actually handle the crisis and waiting to phone Connie so she can bellow in terror. It's no God-damned wonder Lawrence weeps openly when he does get to talk to his mother; he foolishly expects that she might actually care about HIM.

Panel 1: We start with John and Elly looking on as Mike and Lizzie check out Lawrence's cast and crutches; as they do so, she tells him that it's amazing how well people can react in an emergency.

Panel 2: She tells John that she didn't panic (until after she got changed), she got (Anthony's dad to take) Lawrence to the doctor and kept him calm (after they got home from Doctor Plett's). That's all well and good (even if it isn't the truth) but she also blamed herself for an accident brought on by their recklessness and acted as if she lived in an isolated town of about 1000 people instead of a thriving suburb of one of Canada's largest cities.

Panel 3: John smiles and compliments her by saying "And now it's over, you still haven't gone to pieces." He also reminds us that it's fairly late in the evening because he's getting ready for bed.

Panel 4: She glares the Bug-Eyed Glare of Existential Horror and tells him that she's saving that until she phones his mother.

Summary: Well, at least we know where the Patterson children get their habit of waiting until someone shows up to cry in pain or sorrow from, don't we; why Elly waits until the person she wants empathy from appears to bawl her head off is one of Patterlife's more baffling mysteries. What's even more baffling is that Connie ends up getting the bad news at ten at night. You'd think that Elly would have phoned her hotel or a radio station in Montreal or something and left a message. I remember back in the eighties that every so often while waiting for Stairway to Heaven to get on, the DJ would ask if a certain person from a certain place was listening; that person was advised to phone home because of an emergency.