April 14th, 2011

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Friday, 15 April 2011

Today is actually the day when Evil, Conflict-causing John cruelly and unfairly reminds Elly to cut the crap and admit to telling Connie that Phil's back in town.

(Strip Number 252, Original Publication Date, 23 April 1982)

Panel 1: We begin things with Elly taking plates out of the dishwasher so she can set the dinner table; as she does so, John asks her when Phil is coming. She says that it's next week.

Panel 2: As she takes the plates to the table, John asks her if Connie knows that her old flame will be back in town; this, of course, is owing to John's need to protect what I think his first choice for Mrs Dr P was coming into play.

Panel 3: Elly says that Connie knows because she heard it through the grapevine.

Panel 4: John's not-so-witty remark about how he's talking to the head grape leaves Elly looking as if she'd been hit on the head with a two-by-four.

Summary: That's because she thinks that John is making a sexist remark about her not having anything better to do with her time but gossip; granted, he is a little but he's also trying to remind her that it's not a good thing to stir up chaos just because she's bored.
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Further reflections on the coming after....

One of the most annoying parts of the whole "Elizabeth's Assault" plot line is not that it led to Anthony's pleading with Liz to wait until he'd totally destroyed his marriage, his idiotic remark about finally having something to fight for or even Lynn's cavalier and ignorant treatment of the subject of harassment. To me, the nadir occurred before the Ear Tweak Heard Round The World; that's because Liz begged John to not call 911 on Howard despite his following her home. In our haste to lambaste her for guessing that she had to report the whole thing to the police as if it were an unpleasant and unnecessary chore, we must not lose sight of the fact that had she an atom of firmness, the whole ungodly mess could have been avoided. Why it is that Lynn thought that John's solution was futile seems to stem from her fear and hatred of police constables; this, I should think, is possibly owing to them taking the wrong side (by which I mean "not hers") in a domestic dispute.