July 2nd, 2010

Snarky Candiru2

Saturday, 3 July 2010

In today's strip, we further the Phil-Ted-Connie romantic triangle by having Momma's Boy, MD volunteer to housesit for the Pattersons....at his mother's request. Remember how in the Liography that the big idiot thought he was doing his Mom a favor by not letting her head off to the retirement home like she wanted? I'd say that she thought otherwise.

(Strip Number 4030, Original Publication Date, 4 July 1981)

Panel 1: We find ourselves at the local tavern; as they drink beer, Ted tells John "Instead of leaving your place empty, why don't I look after it?" This, as we know, means that Connie ends up looking after it and falling for Ted.

Panel 2: John responds by reminding us that Ted lives with his mother and asking him "Wouldn't she mind?"

Panel 3: Ted replies that his mother WANTS him to move out.

Panel 4: He then frowns and says that his mother says that he's cramping her style; John's reaction is to smirk like he's Les Moore.

Summary: First off, this is the first hint we have of the fact that Ted's mother might not actually want to be taken care of on Ted's terms; I'm reminded of one of the last episodes of the Red Green show wherein they were trying to save Old Man Sedgwick from being sent to the home only to be told that he wanted to be there. Second, this sets up the ridiculous love triangle that John and Elly make smug, ill-informed comments about for years to come.