September 20th, 2017

Snarky Candiru2

Friday, 22 September 2017

Elly engages in rather excessive candor when she reminds John that he doesn't actually know what her treating him like a recalcitrant child would have to look like.

(Strip Number 5021, Original Publication Date, 22 September 1988)

Panel 1: As John fixes what I'd like to think is one of the children's toy cars but, knowing him, stands a good chance of being his, Elly picks up from where she left off last night and asks if he's made that doctor's appointment yet. He says that he'll get around to it.

Panel 2: He gets all irritated when she tells him to just pick up the phone and get it over with.

Panel 3: Since he remembers that one of the things she wants him to get over with is a vasectomy and since he doesn't like having a woman tell him what to do in the first place, he bellows that she's treating him like a child. She angrily denies this.

Panel 4: When she reminds him that if she were treating him like a kid, she'd have made the appointment for him, the reminder that he married a woman who regards him as her oldest child comes as a shock to Captain Oblivious.

Summary: Given that the strip's premise is that Elly's corrosive nagging, treating the kids like shit-heels and butting in where she's not wanted comes from a place of love, it's easy to understand this one but difficult to understand tomorrow's without also having to remember that Lynn envies anyone who isn't her.