November 2nd, 2012

Snarky Candiru2

Saturday, 3 November 2012

In today's strip, John praises Elly's cooking by saying that it's nearly as good as his mother's. Since Elly is sort of clueless, she doesn't realize that he didn't actually intend to disrespect her. He's just too fricking dumb to get that she'd rather he thought of her as being the benchmark by which all women are judged.

(Strip Number 493, Original Publication Date, 4 November 1983)

Panel 1: We start things off with John telling Elly how delicious the jack o'lantern pumpkin pie with whipped cream she made are. This pleases her.

Panel 2: Being told that she's outdone herself and that this is the best pie she's ever made also makes her smile.

Panel 3: His comment about how it's almost as good as his mother's does not, on the other hand, please her. Judging from her expression, it fills her with existential horror.

Summary: Since we know that we're in for both a Lynnsight and a letter about how long it took for Lynn to wean Rod away from his mother, let's not delude ourselves on that score. We should also not kid ourselves and assume that people aren't going to marvel at how practical Elly was making a jack o'lantern pie and how they've got to try it themselves.