August 24th, 2016

Snarky Candiru2

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Today's strip is one I've long had problems with. This is because it's the one that has Elly flat-out tell Molly that a boy she will never meet has to be a jerk because she has bad memories of a boy who was just not into her.

(Strip Number 4849 , Original Publication Date, 27 August 1987)

Panel 1: We find Molly telling Elly that she just doesn't understand something.

Panel 2: The thing not understood is that while she has written her boyfriend (who I'll call Rando) a hundred times, she hasn't heard back via phone or mail.

Panel 3: Maybe, she says, he's been too busy, maybe he's forgotten or maybe he doesn't know what to say.

Panel 4: When Elly tells her that maybe he's a jerk, Molly is gobsmacked.

Summary: He may well actually be a jerk. After all, I remember Dirk Dagger, Jeffo and the Continental. I also remember that Martha's parents hated Mike and were more vigilant about keeping her away from him than Elly has ever realized and thus tend to think that Greg would be similarly enthusiastic about disrupting Rando's attempts to keep things alive. What I don't know is why Elly thinks that a seventeen year old can be cajoled into turning her feelings on and off like a light switch.