January 21st, 2012

Snarky Candiru2

Sunday, 22 January 2012

In today's atrocity, Rod/John borrows trouble by failing to remember Elly/Lynn's fears that being a housewife is causing her brain to turn into mush.

(Strip Number 10908, Original Publication Date, 23 January 1983)

Panel 1: We start things off with a panicky-looking Mike and Lizzie heading out of the house in their winter gear. As they do so, Mike tells John that if he knows what's good for him, he'll get out of the house too.

Panel 2: The reason he needs to flee is that Elly is doing the ironing. It should be noted that Lizzie is chewing on her mitten as a comfort behavior after dealing with Elly's annoying shrieking.

Panel 3: Since John is an idiot, he walks into the line of fire and ends up having to listen to Elly bellow that most of the clothes in the largish heap of clothing she has to iron is his.

Panel 4: Since the dumbass can't get it through his thick skull that it's her fear that her brain is eroding that inspires most of the complaints she has about housework, he tells her not to get in an obviously-hormonal snit because he'll do his own ironing.

Panel 5: As she looks on in concern because he'll do it the wrong way, he hums to himself as he irons.

Panel 6: As he hangs his stuff up, he declares that he's done a perfect job.

Panel 7: He even thinks that the same ironing that is destroying Elly's mind was enjoyable.

Panel 8: He sets up the weak punchline by asking her why it is that she hates ironing so much.

Panel 9: As he walks away and says that it's so wonderfully mindless, she whistles the measuring cup at his empty head.

Summary: This is supposed to be a mild fictionalization of an argument she and Rod had. This is also probably a mild fictionalization of the man's inability to quite get that she sincerely believes that being a wife and mother inevitably causes a woman's mind to deteriorate. After all, you'd have to be as stupid as a sack of hair to actually enjoy the company of children or doing laundry, right?