October 15th, 2010

Indignant Candiru

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Today's strip has Poor, Needy, Misguided Connie disobey All-Knowing Elly's advice by talking to her son instead of dumping Ted; if she keeps this up, she'll be as bad a parent as Annie. About the only thing that excuses her is that she does not address the issue that's actually bothering Lawrence: Mike's proving to him that his friendship is for sale to the highest bidder.

(Strip Number 184, Original Publication Date, 17 October 1981)

Panel 1: We start off with Connie telling Lawrence that she wants him to know that he's the most precious thing in her life.

Panel 2: She might fall in love with someone grown up because she's lonely and needs a partner who'll throw Lawrence out of the house when he outs himself....

Panel 3: ....but nobody, NOBODY could ever take his place because Lawrence is a part of her and is thus extra special.

Panel 4: As Lawrence hugs her because he's so starved for affection, he'll eat table scraps like this, she thought-bubbles "So are moments like this."

Summary: The problem I have with this is that it's a foreshadowing of Elly telling April that she's confused about how she feels about the Housening; in both occasions, someone pursuing a wholly selfish course of action uses a lonely, scared child's need for affection as a means of halting debate on an issue by addressing a non-concern. Since Connie has no intention of slowing down her train-wreck of a relationship with Ted or talking about how awful Mike is, she can at least make sure that Lawrence doesn't complain about either issue.