April 12th, 2017

Snarky Candiru2

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Today's strip proves beyond a doubt that howtheduck was right to think that Lynn had planned to make Dirk into an evil monster bent on seducing, impregnating and then callously abandoning Molly because not only is he not conventionally handsome, he also has his own car.

(Strip Number 1277, Original Publication Date, 13 April 1988)

Panel 1: As Molly kisses Dirk good night when he leaves, we overhear Connie fretting to Elly about how she had hoped that Molly would date a nice, ordinary guy.

Panel 2: Elly assumes that he's probably a nice kid and Molly's not stupid so she should not worry so much and let the relationship take its course.

Panel 3: Connie explains why she's worried really by saying that he's got a car.

Panel 4: Elly agrres now that it's time to worry.

Summary: This is the clearest indication we have that Lynn was forced by an external influence (pronounced "TOM-john-ston") to abandon a planned teen pregnancy arc. Also, to those who might think that MOLLY is the focus of concern, we have to remember Connie's treating Lawrence like a shit-heel she's forced to tolerate when understanding the Poirier-Thomas family dynamics. The arc would have been all about how Connie would have been disgraced by having to take care of ugly grandbabies.