February 7th, 2015

Snarky Candiru2

Sunday, 8 February 2015

When Elly tells Mike to clean his room before he can waste time with the guys, he blindsides her by not going out because his room is too fun.

(Strip Number 7208, Original Publication Date, 9 February 1986)

Panel 1: We see Mike dressed to go out while looking over his shoulder in a furtive manner.

Panel 2: We then see why that is when he winces after Elly yells "STOP RIGHT THERE!!!!" off-panel.

Panel 3: The strip most people will actually read begins with Mike pathetically pleading "I gotta go out! The guys are waiting for me! PLEEEASE?" to Rage-Faced Elly.

Panel 4: Closed-Eyes She-Looks-Like-She's-Smelled-Something-Disgusting Because-Mike-Has-Said-Something-Terrible™ Elly tells him that his bedroom is a mess and he can't go anywhere until it's cleaned out.

Panel 5: He slumps upstairs and thought-bubbles "GLOOM!!!" because his need to waste time instead of being a good child and remembering that all he'll ever be is an extension of Elly's will has been thwarted.

Panel 6: She then yells upstairs that he must remember that it has to be spotless (and thus impress the Quality Women by showing no trace of human occupation.)

Panel 7: Sometime later, she comes in to check up on him and gasps in horror.

Panel 8: This is because, as she exasperatedly reminds him, it's been an hour and he hasn't done squat.

Panel 9: She gets extra-goggle eyed when he tells her that he'd decided to not go out in the first place.

Summary: As I recall, this is fodder for a Little Lindy thing about how responsible she had to be growing up. As I also recall, Elly never did quite manage to connect her habit of simply descending upon his room when he wasn't there and just shoving things into a garbage bag at random with his desire to make his room into a sort of a fortress against her great big love and the way it manifests its as trying to destroy any trace of his identity.