September 19th, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Anne's refusal to panic so panics Steve that he says something silly.

(Strip Number 4227, Original Publication Date, 21 September 1982)

Panel 1: We find ourselves in the Pattersons' driveway; Anne answers a question Elly asked about how she's feeling by saying "Oh, pretty good; the contractions are strong....about five minutes apart, I guess."

Panel 2: We zoom out a bit so we can see Steve looking like he's about to void where prohibited out of sheer pants-wetting terror; what inspires this horror is the baffling-to-him way Anne casually says "Let's see,,,everything is in Christopher's bag. Here's a key to the house if you need more clothes."

Panel 3: She's just about to tell Elly something else when Steve looks over and says "Anne!! LET'S GO!!"

Panel 4: As he speeds off, he tells her that if she isn't going to have this baby, he will.

Summary: It's nice that he's concerned for her well-being and all but since this is based on Rod's being a first-time father, his tendency to panic isn't all that entertaining. Anne and Lynn have done this before at this point and probably know when to panic and we're not at that stage yet.

The Coming After

bcrowessteffi wrote on Sunday's comment from Lynn Johnston:

Instead of showing Liz as having to deal with the aftermath of this
attack, it was just all treated like it was "over", and the worst part
was that she had to file a police report and deal with all of that. The
focus wasn't on the attack, it was on Anthony's so-called heroism and
how he came running to Elizabeth's rescue.

It made me wonder why exactly LJ decided that Anthony needed to save Liz from a sexual assault. We know that his dream, and presumably the result she was going for, was to make Anthony a hero so he'd win over Liz and we'd like him, respectively, but it's curious to me why she decided sexual assault was the means to do this.
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