December 31st, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Today's strip is inspired by a complaint Elly had about Rod's younger patients' parents and their habit of falling for what she deemed to be pleas for unearned sympathy.

(Strip Number 7130, Original Publication Date, 2 January 1983)

Panel 1: We find John at the clinic telling a little girl named Melissa that he cannot check her teeth if she doesn't open her mouth.

Panel 2: His asking if that's the general idea is met with a smug frown.

Panel 3: The strip most of the people who still read newspapers will get starts with Melissa making a cry of pain that would sound better coming out of Farley's mouth.

Panel 4: John wonders at this because all he has in her mouth is his dental mirror.

Panel 5: He again tries to use the dental mirror....

Panel 6: ....only to have her balk and yelp in "pain".

Panel 7: He then makes that stupid palms-out pleading gesture that Lynn thinks that a shrug looks like because he's confused.

Panel 8: His third attempt to use the mirror is met with a Charlie-Brown like AAAAAAUUUGGGHHHH!!!

Panel 9: He then asks Melissa why she's acting like this when she was such a brave little patient the last time.

Panel 10: Jean points to the waiting room where a woman is sitting and tells John that Melissa's mother is listening.

Summary: The Lynnsight is all about how Lynn thinks that the Melissas of the world fake being in pain to embarrass herRod and get sympathy she doesn't think that they deserve. Sure, she dresses it up as their making Rod's life hard but it's pretty clear that she's only worried about how it reflects on her.