September 29th, 2013

Snarky Candiru2

Monday, 30 September 2013

In today's strip, Phil over-reacts witlessly to being advised not to bother other people. Heh. This one makes me want to do my Sir Richard Attenborough impersonation and describe the North American Larruping Judas engaging in emotional abuse.

(Strip Number 717, Original Publication Date, 1 October 1984)

Panel 1: We find ourselves at Phil and Georgia's apartment; as she goes over her patients' records, Phil is trying to keep his hands busy by being a sub-par Gene Krupa.

Panel 2: She then does something terrible and cruel and insane by telling him to stop making that infernal racket because it's an irritating distraction.

Panel 3: Phil gets all defensive and shrill about her making a baffling and wrong comment about how his jolly tapping on the table might be seen as a problem.

Panel 4: He then bellows about how touchy she's got all of a sudden.

Summary: This, my friends, is WHY Pattersons hate to communicate honestly with one another and why Lynn counsels against it. Simply put, the expectation is that telling someone he or she is doing something that bothers you inevitably results in your getting yelled at for being a picky-face. What is more, you deserve to be yelled at for talking out of turn. Simply put, Lynn has internalized abusive ideation and thinks it normal and good.