January 1st, 2020

Snarky Candiru2

Friday, 3 January 2020

The one in which Connie talks about how an old thing John fears because most homes don't have a trauma team waiting in the wings should things go wrong is something new and cool.

(Original Publication Date, 4 January 1991)

Panel 1: Connie explains to Elly that there are better exercises now and more freedom during labour. One can deliver standing up, sitting down or lying in a bath.

Panel 2: She reinforces the standing part when enthusing about how it, kneeling or any other way Elly might feel comfortable is possible because they're letting women decide.

Ms Busted Engine Connie can afford to be upbeat about this. She is not married to someone Lynn has cast as a panicky idiot who assumes that labour is by definition instantly lethal to mother and child without the assistance of a platoon of doctors and nurses.

Panel 3: We come to the crux of the "Hey, let's use John as a stand-in for the asshole GP I renamed Fundus Sphincter" theme that we spend the next three months contending with when Connie says that one can go to a hospital, a birthing centre or call in a midwife and have the baby at home. Elly sets up the punchline by asking about the 'midwife' thing.

Panel 4: In the original, Connie said "Of course! This is the nineties!!" but now says "This is the modern age!!"

Summary: We're about to be reminded that John is being given a villain edit for the duration for wanting to have input into things because he's not the one giving birth....never mind that coming home to find a pizza van in the driveway makes him fear that he's coming home to a dead wife and child.