August 5th, 2017

Indignant Candiru

Sunday, 6 August 2017

We have sort of a placeholder strip that shows us why John and Elly look like they're the zombies from the Walking Dead when they wake up: they keep one another up with their wildly incompatible sleep habits.

(Strip Number 6729, Original Publication Date, 7 August 1988)

Panel 1: As John and Elly get ready to go to bed, she makes a production number of fluffing up the pillow.

Panel 2: When John is startled by Elly just letting herself fall into the pillow with a WHUMP, we begin to understand what we're doing here: castigating Rod for having bad sleep habits and also saying that she too does things that annoy him.

Panel 3: The strip proper begins with Elly waking a just fallen asleep John so she can complain about his pulling out all the blankets.

Panel 4: When Elly rolls the blankets and sheets around herself like a cocoon a little while later, John blurts out "UMPH?" in shock.

Panel 5: Some time later, Elly is kept up by John flopping on his stomach and snoring.

Panel 6: A while after that, John is woken up by Elly gritting her teeth when she sleeps.

Panel 7: I start to wish that Lynn had included a caption indicating when things are happening so I could tell what time it is when John wakes Elly up by noisily drinking a glass of water that's probably on his nightstand.

Panel 8: For some reason, Elly urgently has to apply petroleum jelly to her lips to moisturize them. In so doing, she wakes John up.

Panel 9: Since neither of them have gotten much rest, John and Elly both wonder how exactly they ended up married to a person with such awful sleeping habits.

Summary: I'm not certain myself but at least we're finally seeing why they don't ever look as if they've slept much when they get up in the morning despite turning in as early as possible. They haven't because they insist on sleeping in the same bed. If they'd had the same sleeping arrangements as Ricky and Lucy or Fred and Wilma, they might actually get adequate rest and stop acting like testy jerks all the time.