April 11th, 2012

Snarky Candiru2

Thursday, 12 April 2012

If Lynn's intention was to show us that Paula the babysitter was facing horrible children who were totally out of control (and I believe it was), she fell several light-years short of the mark. What the little girl is dealing with is two ordinary children who want to do banal things that for reasons alluded to frighten their panicky idiot mother.

(Strip Number 393, Original Publication Date, 21 April 1983)

Panel 1: We start off with Paula the babysitter doing her homework only to be interrupted by Mike telling her that Lizzie spilled dog-food all over the hallway and Lizzie saying that she doesn't feel good. Cue Count Floyd telling us how scary it is to deal with small children who do THINGS.

Panel 2: As she cleans up the horrible mess Elly's always-chaotic-evil children made, Mike demands that he be allowed to overthrow society by staying up because there's a good movie on while his accomplice Lizzie wants to usher in an era of anarchy and evil by having a drink of something or other.

Panel 3: As Paula puts a crying Lizzie to bed, Mike asks her how much Elly's paying her.

Panel 4: Instead of the expected "Not enough", she alludes to how it relates to how guilty she feels when she and John get home.

Summary: The Lynnsight is all about how Lynn has no real sympathy for those she sat on as a teenager growing up stupid under the Red Ensign. Like Paula, she seems to have been overwhelmed, sickened and horrified that younger children wanted to do things instead of roboticly saying "I will comply" when she yelled "BED, TWERPS!!!!"