May 16th, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Today's strip is the first in which Elly reminds us that she totally hates smoking; it's also the first in which Phil gets bent out of shape because someone dares set limits on his behavior. Thank God that Georgia Lastnameunknown finally gets the infantile clodhopper to grow the Hell up.

(Strip Number 261, Original Publication Date, 18 May 1982)

Panel 1: As she does a bit more studying for her course, Elly looks over her shoulder and asks Phil, who's reading the paper and smoking, if he HAS to do that in the house.

Panel 2: He says that he thought that she didn't mind if he smoked.

Panel 3: Since she was both raised to believe that Proper Young Ladies don't smoke and has a stronger-than-usual reaction to the smell of tobacco, Elly is genuinely in discomfort when she tells him that she doesn't mind so long as he doesn't exhale; the idea of having any limits set on his behavior mildly angers Phil.

Summary: The notes, of course, will be about how aggravating Alan's smoking habit was and how she'll probably take credit for his decision to do whatever; too bad they're not about what's really important. That really important thing is Phil's tendency to either make an asinine comment or to throw a fit like a spoiled five-year old when someone suggests that he jettison a vice or five.