February 26th, 2010

Snarky Candiru2

Saturday, 27 February 2010

Since we had a stupid reprint from March 1981 yesterday, we're probably primed to have another; that's because I don't expect to get any real explanation of who That Girl is any time soon.

It's a reminder of how spineless Elly really is; this time it's Mike who points this out.

Panel 1: We see a bleary-eyed, frowning Elly carrying Lizzie and holding Michael's hand; Mike says "Mom? Mom? Can we have a toy? Please?" while Lizzie says "WANT TOY!!"

Panel 2: As they walk down the mall corridor, Lizzie says "Want toy! Want one!" while Mike asks "PLEASE, Ma? Just one, huh? Please MOM?"

Panel 3: After Elly bellows "WE'LL SEE!!!!", Lizzie starts back in with "Want toy, want...."

Panel 4: Her wailing is cut off by Mike who says "That's enough, dummy; she just said yes." We don't see Elly's face but given that her shoulders are up, she's probably frowning the Squished-Up Frown of Rage.

Summary: What we're meant to think is that children are manipulative little finks who only pretend to feel upset to ruin Mother's day and trick her into buying things; what this actually teaches us is that Elly hasn't got what we might call a spine. Instead of being able to resist the temptation to cave in to hucksterism, she gives in so she can be more put-upon.