May 9th, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

In today's strip, John realizes something awful that Elly is unwilling to face; that awful 'something' is that since he and Elly are suckers who care more about their public image than their family's happiness, he's going to be stuck with Phil indefinitely.

(Strip Number 259, Original Publication Date, 11 May 1982)

Panel 1: We find ourselves watching John watching Elly bathe Lizzie before bedtime; as he does so, he reminds us that Phil will be teaching trumpet on campus and doing the odd 'gig' playing bees, bops and the occasional blue at night.

Panel 2: As Elly towels Lizzie off, she confirms this and says that Phil is apartment hunting as we speak.

Panel 3: As she dresses Lizzie for bed, she foreshadows the Housening by telling John that Phil wants something large, cheap and within walking distance of the university.

Panel 4: Since John is the only person in the strip to ever have a head for real estate, he walks off gobsmacked as he reminds us that Phil will be there for months.

Summary: What bothers me is not that John is right but that I remember what is to come; he's willing to endure any amount of horror when he's trying to please his family back in Manitoba or when it comes to reminding his princess of a daughter of how entitled she is but when he's inconvenienced, it's just not fair.

ETA: Now that Mother's Day has come and gone, here's some animal abuse to entertain you.