May 14th, 2010

Snarky Candiru2

Saturday, 15 May 2010

We end the week watching John being unable to sleep because 'the wife' is at a bar with friends while he sits at home. I should think that this is Lynn's way of telling J-Rod to STFU or GTFO about how her career means that she has a more active social life that she's 'supposed' to have had.

(Strip Number 4007, Original Publication Date, 16 May 1981)

Panel 1: We find ourselves in the master bedroom watching John pacing; he thought-bubbles "So, the wife's gone to a bar with some friends...." Insert comment about how referring to Elly by her societal function makes John sound like a patronizing choad here. I mean, he'd be quite angered if he were called 'the husband' so I agree with Lynn when she says "STFU, J-Rod" when he does stuff like this.

Panel 2: We next see John in his pajamas setting his alarm clock; he thought-bubbles "It's late but so what; I can handle it. I'll just get into bed without her...."

Panel 3: As he sits in bed with his face fixed in a thousand yard stare, we can well imagine that his thought-bubbled "....and sleep" means that he'll only be able to do so when Elly staggers in.

Summary: As we're about to see next Tuesday, his inability to sleep is not, as the people on might like to believe, predicated on his concern for her well-being; what's bothering John is that he's supposed to know where she is at all times owing to Lynn's need to make Rod look like an ass for exiling her to Lynn Lake. Elly's equal need to control where John goes is seen as a good thing because of a little thing called Protagonist Centered Morality.