January 23rd, 2020

Snarky Candiru2

Saturday, 25 January 2020

The one where John needs to have someone dedicate the country song "I Never Promised You A Rose Garden" to him on the radio.

(Original Publication Date, 26 January 1991)

Panel 1: Having noticed that John looks tired these days, Jean tells him so. Since he's kind of distracted, this comes as a surprise to him.

Panel 2: He then makes the mistake of explaining why this is. Things are getting complicated at home, you see. Elly's preoccupied with her things, Liz is having trouble at school and Mike is a teenager; life isn't fun any more.

It should be noted that while he may not technically deserve the reputation of adulterer and cad he'll waltz into four months from now, he does deserve to be called stupid enough to blunder into it what with calling pregnancy Elly's "thing" and all. Also, it doesn't help that he has the unhappy habit of calling her crazy for wanting a life that forces him to embrace change.

Panel 3: He compounds his folly by telling her that times like this remind him of what it was like to be single, lonely and out of work. This should lead into something like "Fun is overrated" but it doesn't.

Panel 4: He does not salvage things by saying that back then, he wished for all the world to have everything he has now.

Summary: John does not realize this but he's planted a seed in Jean's brain. He might think that he told her that "I'd rather have the problems I have now than the problems I had then" but she doesn't trust him farther than she can throw one of the heavy wreckers on Highway Thru Hell. All he needs to do is say something ambiguous instead of his regular monologuing about every little stupid thing that goes on at home and we get "Achievement Unlocked: 'Idiot Plot' Get!!"