December 13th, 2013

Snarky Candiru2

Saturday, 14 December 2013

We end the week with John reacting the way most people would to the shitty treatment he's been getting and will get from his 'loving' family: poorly.

(Strip Number 765, Original Publication Date, 15 December 1984)

Panel 1: We find ourselves at the hospital today. As Elly explains that she brought Phil along to drive them home owing to her wanting to play nurse instead of chauffeur, she's aghast at finding that John is on crutches with a cast on his foot.

Panel 2: As they walk out of the hospital, a laughing Phil laughs tells John that he's sorry but that he cannot help himself.

Panel 3: He goes on to say that when he thinks about how John broke his foot, he just cracks up.

Panel 4: John says that he loves how Phil exudes such warmth and sympathy.

Summary: What we're supposed to take away from this is that men ain't supposed to have emotions. John is thus being upbraided for not acting like a robot. This time next week, he's positioned as being an ogre for not wanting to be a living punchline.