May 10th, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Mike's being told that Connie is happy makes him start to wonder if Lawrence is right about her and Phil dating again; since he's never seen his mother smile or laugh, the sheer unnaturalness of it all convinces him that something untoward is happening.

(Strip Number 4169, Original Publication Date, 12 May 1982)

Panel 1: We start things off with Lawrence and Mike walking around and talking; Lawrence says "Well, here we go again; my mom and your uncle."

Panel 2: Mike asks how he even knows that there's something going on between them.

Panel 3: Lawrence says that she smiles when she does the dishes and sings when she does the ironing.

Panel 4: Since all he's ever known is Elly's non-stop misery, Mike says that THAT doesn't sound at all normal.

Summmary: Lynn's notes, of course, will allude to how the offsprings and small ones don't want their poor mothers to be happy because they're selfish little strangers who evilly refuse to be cravenly grateful for the performance of a duty; the problem is that Elly choses not to smile or laugh in front of her children because she fears a loss of authority. The same idiot who thinks that if she ever smiles, her children won't take her seriously any more doesn't realize that her insane belief is why they tell those hurtful jokes about her face breaking if she ever tried to smile.