June 15th, 2010

Snarky Candiru2

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Today's strip is a rarity in that Elly's mental peculiarities are deliberately being mocked; it's a change from when Lynn does so by accident.

(Strip Number 4020, Publication Date, 17 June 1981)


Panel 1: We now find ourselves in either Elly or Annie's living room; Lizzie is sucking on a pacifier, Elly is sitting down with a cup of coffee and Annie, whose arms are deformed into a shape I can't even begin to describe stands there looking at the TV. Since the actress on the screen is saying "I don't care about my heart condition, Neil; I want this baby!", it's safe to say they're watching their stories.

Panel 2: Lynn plays with the conventions as she has either Neil or some other character say "But I can't marry you, Barbara; my wife is in a coma this week and can't sign the divorce papers." As Elly and Anne watch the proceedings, their children are sitting on the floor.

Panel 3: As Lizzie climbs onto the couch and someone on TV sobs and snivels, Elly declares "What drivel! What complete and utter trash!"

Panel 4: Anne replies by wondering who'd ever watch it.

Summary: This, of course, is the last strip in the "Elly, the soap addict" series; it was at this point that Lynn probably started to realize that Elly's complaints that she was a busy mother with no time to herself rang more true if she didn't waste her time watching "Sudden Illness." It was also about this time that she realized that if Elly were shown to be full of crap, people might start to think that maybe John wasn't an evil, conflict-causing man all the time.