July 1st, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Saturday, 2 July 2011

We end the week with John whining to Jean about the end results of his refusal to not only set ground rules but to communicate with a fellow human being; her mildly snarky response tells us that she's heard this all before.

(Strip Number 4195, Original Publication Date, 3 July 2011)

Panel 1: As John works on a patient I'll call Comrade Itzpat (because I don't know if that's supposed to be a man or a woman), he complains to Jean about how Phil is a great guy and all but he's really getting on his nerves.

Panel 2: The problem is that he practices his trumpet every night for hours.

Panel 3: Jean tells him to count his blessings because it could be far worse; he asks her what could possibly be worse than his current situation.

Panel 4: Her one-word answer to John's whiny question is 'Bagpipes'; at this, Ms Itzpat smiles.

Summary: What we have here, of course, is John not only not setting ground rules from the get-go but his feeling bad about being a grinning doormat who can't talk things out. What we also have is another lead-in to Lynn bitching that her parents always liked Alan better so she had to find a way to throw him out.