October 7th, 2011

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Saturday, 8 October 2011

John reacts to Lawrence's talking about Connie's comings and goings by wanting to not speak in front of the kids so that he does not become the subject of gossip; I can almost relate but given that he insists on discussing his personal business in front of his patients like the unprofessional clod he is, he's too late to worry about that.

(Strip Number 317, Original Publication Date, 9 October 1982)

Panel 1: We find ourselves at the dinner table watching the Pattersons eat in a revolting manner; as they CHOMP-CHEW-GLUT-SHHHLLLUUP-SSHHHLLLLOOOORRRK down their food while it's still incredibly hot, Lawrence tells them that Connie's goin'out with Ted again an'he wants to move in.

Panel 2: This caused Phil to call an'tell her that she was dumb to go back to him in the first place.

Panel 3: Lawrence next relates that Connie told Phil that it was none of his business and that he said that yes, it was.

Panel 4: John's reaction to Lawrence's airing of his mother's dirty laundry is to ask Elly to remind him to never talk in front of the children.

Summary: Given that he talks in front of the patients as if they're department store mannequins, he's too late to worry about that. Also, Phil is acting like a Richards; that's because he seems to want to not only see Connie and Ted's thing crash and burn, he also yearns to cruelly refuse her when she grovels pathetically to be taken back. After all, Mike's ass-clownish behavior towards Martha and Rhetta comes from the same part of his genetic make-up as his dark hair.
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What my problem with Mike is all about....

As you might have guessed by now, I really hate the way that Mike treats Elizabeth; you might also have noticed that I spiral off into Crazyland when expressing said dislike. The reason I do so is something that chucique noticed just now: a distinct lack of respect for her personal boundaries that persists past childhood. Let's consider the most gratuitous example of this utter lack of consideration: as you will recall, the Delicate Genius made that crude and hateful pun about absence making the heart go wander when he knew for a fact that Elizabeth had suffered for years from the after-effects of Eric's betrayal. His "apology" was, to put it mildly, less an apology and more his way of telling her to not only not be so sensitive but to also coerce her into applauding his cleverness.

Let's contrast that with his wanting to have everyone bleat about how evil and mean Rhetta was for tearing his heart out of his chest and laughing like the evil temptress she was for daring to suggest that she take the personal initiative in a relationship. When Liz was all "Yeah, whatever", Mikey-boy felt like he'd been stabbed in his heart. Simply put, Liz's real pain is something to be treated with derisive dismissal while his imaginary trauma is high tragedy. A "man" like him is someone I simply cannot be asked to sympathize with in the least.