April 29th, 2010

Snarky Candiru2

Friday, 30 April 2010

In today's strip, Lizzie's acting like a reasonably normal two-year oldunfair refusal to sit still to make Mommy's life better makes it difficult for Dr Pflett to diagnose her.

(Strip Number 3999, Original Publication Date, 1 May 1981)

Panel 1: We start off with Doctor P/Flett trying his damnedest to hold on to Lizzie while telling Elly that her glands are up, she's got some tonsilitis and a touch of otitis media; since she's a two year old who's excited because she's getting attention instead of being shunned like a leper, that ain't easy.

Panel 2: He immediately follows up that equivocating diagnosis by staring into space and muttering "I think."

Summary: We're clearly being told that Doctor Spider-Man would have been able to more accurately diagnose Lizzie if she'd been a good girl and sat passively like a little dummy instead of moving around and grabbing things like a bad kid. Sorry, Lynn; that's the deal with kids. They move around, explore their surroundings, call attention to themselves, ask things and, above all, get grabby. If you didn't want that, you should never have had kids in the first place. Also, don't try to use medical terminology; turning "a mild case of X" into a smidge of X sounds ridiculous.