February 13th, 2016

Snarky Candiru2

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Lizzie misinterprets Elly's sentiment-laden comment about how much it hurts to be separated by a longed-for one as meaning that love is a pain.

(Strip Number 6696, Original Publication Date, 15 February 1987)

Panel 1: We start things off by having an impressed Mike tell Lizzie that she got twenty-seven Valentines.

Panel 2: She distractedly asks if that's all there is.

Panel 3: A little while later, she asks Elly why they show love with a heart instead of something else.

Panel 4: Elly asks her if she means a liver or a spleen and Lizzie says 'uh-huh!"

Panel 5: Elly tells Lizzie that maybe it's because when you're in love, you feel it in your heart.

Panel 6: Flashing back to last July, she says that when you're far away from that someone, it's like a deep ache in your heart.

Panel 7: A little while after that, John asks Lizzie what she and Mommy were discussing so seriously.

Panel 8: Lizzie says she was telling her about love.

Panel 9: John asks her what Elly says about love.

Panel 10: John is gobsmacked when Lizzie says that Elly says that it's a pain.

Summary: This will no doubt lead to pain when John asks Elly what she told Lizzie owing to his half-suspecting that his wife thinks that love and romance are annoying nuisances that simply mess everything up. This fear seems to override the part of his brain that reminds him that Mike and Lizzie often make a hash out of what parents say.
Snarky Candiru2

Monday, 15 February 2016

We begin the transition of Paula from friend to antagonistic jerk when Lizzie finds out that Melody is better at being nice to people than she herself is.

(Strip Number 4764, Original Publication Date, 16 February 1987)

Panel 1: Paula the instigator is practically slobbering with glee when she tells Lizzie that she found out that she got one more Valentine than sitting duck antagonist Melody Morrison.

Panel 2: When Lizzie asks "I did?", Paula tells her that she got twenty to stuck-up Melody's nineteen.

Panel 3: When Lizzie talks about how she feels guilty for throwing away the Valentine she was supposed to give to Melody, Paula asks her why.

Panel 4: The reason is that 'stuck up' Melody gave one to her.

Summary: The sad part of all of this is that it doesn't really go anywhere. Aside from a Sunday strip in which she's bad at giving directions, this is Melody's last appearance. As for Paula, she boasts about getting piercings and nylons and that's about it for her. Eventually, Lynn creates Candace because she forgot all about Paula.