February 22nd, 2020

Snarky Candiru2

Monday, 24 February 2020

The one where Mike listens in on Elly's phone call so Lynn can really freaking date the strip.

(Original Publication Date, 25 February 1991)

Panel 1: We find ourselves watching Mike on the extension phone complaining to Liz that he's been waiting to make a phone call but Mom is still on the phone.

Panel 2: He wonders why he and Liz get lectured about phone courtesy when she's been on the phone to Grandma for half an hour. This is because he's stupid and doesn't realize that one of Elly's greatest fears is a child with his own phone line. She fears a child being able to communicate at will more than she fears motorcycles.

Panel 3: Liz sets up the punchline by asking him if he's been keeping track of the time.

Panel 4: He gets super-sullen looking when he explains that he's been listening in.

Summary: Even though Lynn could easily afford a separate phone line for her children, she thinks of that as a luxury that is against mother love. We're about to waste three days watching her say that.

Foob,the series:episode 1

I will be starting this series with this particular episode,then going back briefly to explore the early 90s specials that are on YT,then resuming with episode 2. I’m not doing the Farley episode. It’s too depressing.


Here’s a link if you want to follow along: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmrOphPZN68. 


According to the description,the first two segments were based on Sunday strips,and the third was completely original. Does anyone know which Sundays the first two segments correspond to?


From 0:55 to 1:40 LJ introduces us to the show. She comments that through her strip she’s been able to revisit past experiences. Through her strip,she’s raised her kids twice. Nice sentiment.


Segment 1 - “Three and Sympathy” (2:20 to 8:24)


We begin with a slideshow sort of thing,entitled “Thirst Quencher”. The plot of this seems to be “Elly getting a drink for Farley”. Yawn.


It’s a rainy day in the Pattermanse,circa 1984. We get treated to Elly (as voiced by Abby Hagyard,at least I think it’s her) preparing a meal,set against some mice mood music that gets upbeat. Cut to Mike (Rylan O’Reiily) teasing Farley with a bone. Mike says he’s only doing so because he can’t find Liz.

Elly offers Mike a job slicing apples for her,then has a cough.


Mike finds Liz in the living room,and teases her by imitation,leading her to whack him with her fists before leaving. At 3:56 he goes “Teasing. It’s an art.” I wholeheartedly agree with this.


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