April 3rd, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Monday, 4 April 2011

As a lot of you have noticed, Lynn has a bit of a problem owing to the nature of Easter. We'll get one arc about how awful it is that Mike questions the Easter Bunny's existence if she doesn't care if the Easter strips come two weeks earlier than they should, but the beginning of "Poor, put-upon Elly has to deal with her sick family" if she does. Either way, we're in for something weird.

(Strip Number 244, Original Publication Date, 12 April 1982)

Panel 1: We find ourselves in the Pattersons' living room; Mike tells Elly that his head aches and his tummy feels awful.

Panel 2: She tells him that if that's the case, he should go straight to bed.

Panel 3: He meekly says okay and heads to his room.

Panel 4: As she tucks him in, she thought-bubbles that he must be sick.

Summary: Elly's default belief that her children tend to fake sickness in order to guilt her into staying home or to avoid school is almost as annoying as her belief that when they are sick, it's to punish her for wanting to have her own opinion.