October 14th, 2010

Snarky Candiru2

Friday, 15 October 2010

Today's strip has All-Knowing Elly™ give Poor, Needy Connie wildly inappropriate advice about how to react to her son's being tossed aside for a stick of Juicy Fruit. Said advice is "Don't talk things over with your son; dump your boyfriend instead!"

(Strip Number 4081, Original Publication Date, 16 October 1981)

Panel 1: We find ourselves watching Tentacle-fingered Connie and Elly drinking coffee; Connie says that the way she sees it, Michael has a new friend and Lawrence feels lost and left out.

Panel 2: She goes on to say that Ted, who's a doctor, can't figure out why he's taking it so hard; that's because he's a bit of a thickie who can't step inside Lawrence's head and realize that, as a child, he sees life as a zero-sum game.

Panel 3: Since Elly is also a dumbass who doesn't see that Lawrence thinks that Gordon's rise MUST mean his fall, she says that Connie's being Ted every day for weeks....

Panel 4: ...so maybe it's not a friend he's felt he's lost, it's her.

Summary: Wow! What a ringing endorsement for befriending the Pattersons! Not only does she take the heat off of Mike for being a selfish, greedy, heartless idiot, she also dismisses Connie's need to have a love life with someone who she dislikes; she wants to have Phil be Lawrence's step-dad so he can be punished for not deferring to her worthless advice. She might as well have asked Connie where Ted was when she needed him.