May 21st, 2012

Snarky Candiru2

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

After having eaten Elly's indigestible cooking, Georgia gets hit with the old "only girl male relative has brought here twice" gag. I'd mind this a lot less if I didn't have to fear a note that likens being exposed to Katie and Aaron like being stuck in a shark cage.

(Strip Number 408, Original Publication Date, 24 May 1983)

Panel 1: Since he grew up on limp vegetables drowning in heavy sauce, gritty salads slathered in store brand dressing and meat that takes like shoe-leather swimming in crankcase oil, Phil is genuinely satisfied with Elly's horrible cooking and tells her to put away the bromo.

Panel 2: Given that she too must have grown up eating Anglo-Canadian cooking, Georgia offers to help Elly wash the dishes instead of burning the evidence.

Panel 3: Mike sets up the weak, weak punchline by telling Georgia that Phil must really like her.

Panel 4: Why she's astonished his telling her that she's the only girl he's ever brought here twice gag is beyond me.

Summary: Like I said, I wouldn't really mind this old stand-by if it weren't for the expectation that most of the reason that Alan had trouble with the ladies was that they feared the unstoppable horror of a small child who's dealing with a distant mother who doesn't actually seem to be able to pay attention to him.