June 23rd, 2012

Snarky Candiru2

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Today's strip is a rather depressing little thing. Y'see, Elly is hosting this really important dinner and boasting to Mrs Baird about how for once in her life, she's got everything ready. What's depressing is that John and Mike have already eaten the dinner because she didn't think to put a note on the door saying "For big dinner tonight. Do not eat." Well, that and the fact that Lynn and Elly and Kool-Aid Nation insist on the fact that John and Mike should have been able to read Elly's mind.

(Strip Number 6112, Original Publication Date, 26 June 1983)

Panel 1: We start things off with John making the bog-standard joke about Mike and his habit of constantly looking in the fridge.

Panel 2: Mike makes the obligatory comment about hoping to find something good this time in return.

Panel 3: Upon encountering a bowl of shrimp, Mike asks what they are. John tells him and suggests that he try one.

Panel 4: John is delighted to see fresh strawberries and pineapple in the fridge.

Panel 5: As John devours the fresh fruit, he tells Mike that yes, he can have a piece of the chicken that's cooking on the stove.

Panel 6: As Mike wipes the grease off of his face, John says that their meal was not bad. Given that the stupid ass should have asked himself why the food was there, I don't much mind the fact that his happiness will be extremely short-lived.

Panel 7: We shift focus to the backyard where Elly has just finished talking to Mrs Baird about something or other. She excuses herself because she has company coming for dinner.

Panel 8: She plans on serving shrimp cocktail, pineapple chicken and strawberry shortcake.

Panel 9: Mrs Baird says that she really must let her go then.

Panel 10: Elly is very happy because, as she tells Mrs Baird, that for once, she has everything ready.

Summary: Like I said, all that would have been needed to prevent the inevitable bellowing about being taken for granted was enough foresight to realize that she's got two walking stomachs who are too stupid to ask themselves "Why is this food here?" hanging around. Sure, Kool-Aid Nation will be all about how telling them what they can snack on is being oppressed or some such nonsense but, well, when you see the results of what Elly usually does, it really isn't.