August 27th, 2012

Indignant Candiru

Tuesday, 28 August 1983

In today's strip, Elly blows a gasket because Phil casually informed her that he and Georgia are cohabiting before threatening to tell Mom what he and Fer...Geo are doing.

(Strip Number 4356, Original Publication Date, 30 August 1983)

Panel 1: We find ourselves at Phil's place in the middle of a conversation that ends with Phil totally not getting that Elly is still pissed off about their childhood and always will be. Right now, we're at the stage wherein Elly expresses her disbelief that he and Georgia have moved in together.

Panel 2: Phil, not wanting to admit that Elly feels betrayed (or, for that matter, giving a rat's ass because Mommy isn't calling the shots any more) blows off her concerns and mutters something about giving things a trial run before making it all legal.

Panel 3: He then plays the everyone-who-wouldn't-make-Marian's-shitlist-is-doing-it-so-what's-the-big-deal? card.

Panel 4: Elly invokes the name of a huffy old biddy who's all about respectability when it comes to how Elly lives by asking if Marian knows about this.

Summary: Tomorrow's strip tells us that the answer is "yes"; it also tells us that Lynn/Elly resents the fact that Phil has been 'granted' a freedom that he seized with both hands.
Snarky Candiru2

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

In today's strip, Elly astonishes Phil with an observation that would be unremarkable had he paid attention to more than being told what a clever boy he was growing up. Simply put, he's gotta be dumber than a sack of hair if he doesn't realize that Elly believes that most of why his folks are okay with his and Georgia's living together is because he has a Y chromosome.

(Strip Number 455, Original Publication Date, 31 August 1983)

Panel 1: We pick up our argument after Phil tells Elly that yes, Marian does know that he and Georgia are about to enter into a common-law marriage and yes, she can get behind it. Elly tells him that she can't believe that they not only know this already, they approve of it.

Panel 2: She then tells him that if she had tried that with John, she'd have been disowned. Let's see if she can tell him something else that would be sort of obvious if he had two clues to rub together.

Panel 3: The sap with the scrub brush mustache tells Elly that it's a more enlightened age before asking what other reason she can offer for their change of heart.

Panel 4: She's hit the bleeding-obvious-trifecta by telling him that Jim and Marian are okay with this because he's a man.

Summary: Tomorrow and Friday have Phil totally not see Elly's point owing to a very strong need to not let their crappy childhood be a factor in their daily lives. This sort of alludes to an on-going problem: Phil's inability to see that Elly simply will not let anything go until she gets the answer she wants. In his case, it's "You know, I really am a horrible person who ruined your childhood and it's my fault that our parents lived in pants-soiling terror of the judgment of others and thus were harder on you merely because you were a girl. To atone for my sin of being born without your prior approval therefore denying you the ability to do whatever you wanted to, I'll castrate myself with a weed whacker."