February 16th, 2015

Snarky Candiru2

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

When Mike tells Elly about all the neat stuff Keith does, he blindsides John by finding something stupid and trivial impressive. I should think that we're dealing with Rod's chief problem with the strip: convincing Lynn that what she finds worthy of mention tends to make him look like a clod.

(Strip Number 4566, Original Publication Date, 18 February 1986)

Panel 1: As Elly writes something down, Mike asks her if she knows that Brian's dad is an electronics genius.

Panel 2: As John listens in from the living room, Mike talks about how Keith knows all about astronomy, computers and even built his own synthesizer.

Panel 3: When Elly says that she is impressed and asks Mike to tell Brian about his father's accomplishments, John smiles because he expects to have all his good points pointed out.

Panel 4: He's thus astonished and disappointed when ten-year-old doofus Mike says that his counting from one to ten in one belch is the most impressive thing he's ever done.

Summary: I want to sympathize but my inner Archer wants me to tell John "This is what you get for not sharing your values and interests with your kids and getting all pissy when they invade your space, Dudley Douchebag." Also, Lynn gets all smug about that model minority bullcrap of hers.