March 26th, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Sunday, 27 March 2011

In today's strip, Mike confuses the list of emergency numbers his babysitter is supposed to use if he or Lizzie get hurt with Elly and John's belief that they will unleash mayhem on the poor girl.

(Strip Number 7112, Original Publication Date, 28 March 1982)

Panel 1: We start things off with Elly getting ready to go out for the evening; as she does so, Mike asks if she's going out again.

Panel 2: Since Elly loves to feel bad about things, she whines that she and John don't go out very often.

Panel 3: He holds up a sheet of paper and asks if these are the instructions for the babysitter; Elly says "Yes, they are."

Panel 4: He leads us to our punchline by smiling and saying "Let's see; phone number of the restaurant, time you'll be home..."

Panel 5: Since this strip was written before Lynn had heard of 911, he's forced to say "Emergency numbers. Fire? Police? Poison Control?" and bulge his eyes out in confusion.

Panel 6: He next asks Elly who's coming to babysit tonight.

Panel 7: Elly replies by telling him that Heather is coming before asking why he wants to know.

Panel 8: He asks her what she thinks that he and Lizzie are going to do to her; Elly's reaction is to look as if she's been hit on the back of the head with a two-by-four.

Summary: She shouldn't honestly be so shocked by this; if she weren't all about how ungovernable her children are and didn't tell them that every chance she got, maybe Mike wouldn't think that a list of numbers meant to help him were a sign she didn't trust him. The only good thing to come out of this slice-of-Lynn's-adult-life strip is that she might just note that, for reasons that will always escape her, she and Aaron always seemed to see the world differently.