February 13th, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Monday, 14 February 2011

Now that Lynn has shown us life getting back to normal in the Pattermanse, let's return to the past as John boasts about his vacation.

(Strip Number 4127, Original Publication Date, 15 February 1982)

Panel 1: We find ourselves in John's clinic on his first day back on the job; since he, as someone pointed out last week, acts like a mechanic gapping spark plugs instead of a medical professional, he has no problem blathering to Jean about how great his vacation was. Does Mr Gorebagg want to hear about it? John cares not!!

Panel 2: Since Gorebagg has to sit there with his mouth all numb from the topical anesthetic while his dentist talks about how he and his wife walked on the beach and got to know each other again, he's probably wishing that he had a better dental plan and could thus not be stuck with the idiot he's forced to go to now.

Panel 3: He then has to endure his gossipy idiot dentist talk about how he and his wife drank good wine and remembered all the reasons they got married.

Panel 4: Given that he'd probably like to get a bit snockered after an hour of this sort of torment, Gorebagg tells John "Strange; I always drink to forget."

Summary: It's sort of horrifying to have to remember that John never figures out that he cannot simply stand around treating his patients like this; even in the last days, he acted as if he's Mister Goodwrench and his patient is a V8 engine instead of a person who might want his or her dentist to pay attention to what he's doing instead of yammering about his boring personal life.

Love in a Cold Climate

We were getting a bit off-topic somewhere beyond the 100th post in one of kefkaownsall 's threads, so I thought I'd repost to see if I missed any FOOB couples who involve snowball fights in their mating rituals.

This discussion came about when dreadedcandiru2 recognised that Deanna had developed the typical married female FOOB's fear of cheating.  (This strip appeared after Deanna, having presented Mike with a laundry list of all his faults, over-reacted when he told her that she sings off-key.)  What struck several of us as squicky was Deanna's petulant whine that Mike should go find some "Lounge-Lizzie" who could sing.  I was reminded of this strip where Deanna witnessed the unnaturally childish behaviour of her husband and sister-in-law, and thought that she had also picked up the incest vibe all the Pattersons except April seemed to share.

Searching for that strip led me to other snowball-fights-as-affection.  There's the overt admission that snowballs are used to get the attention of the opposite sex, the snowball fight as first date event (warning: Anthony with fire engine red hair), the snowball fight as the only kind of physical love you share, and even newruin retcon romance via snowball.

So although it appears that it's Dee who has her hands down the front of Mike's trousers in this threesome with Liz, showing that Dee might be willing to share, what would her reaction have been if she'd seen Mike and Liz in this strip?  (What is going on in Panel 7?!)