Panel 1: Deanna clarifies the situation for anyone who didn't see yesterday's strip. Or anyone who did, but didn't make the connection between "EEK AWK" emanating from the bed and "THUMP THUMP THUMP THUMP" rising up from a starburst on the floor. But today, the "THUMP"s are in a mushroom cloud! The neighbors are about to go nuclear! (And there's a mushroom lamp on the bedstand, too. Early '70s residue, I guess.)
And Mike says "We'll get it fixed," as if the Grouchy Neighbors can hear him. (Interesting, too, that yesterday he said they "shouldn't be any trouble" as if trouble is something he always has to be on guard against.)
Panel 2: Deanna's hair looks like a mop. And Mike looks like he's half-asleep---only how could he have been asleep at all? Or maybe he's just in John mode: "Oh, the wife is complaining again. Guess I gotta say something to shut her up."
But how does Mike know that "the new tenants knew there'd be a family upstairs when they signed the lease"? I've never been told anything about other residents when I've moved into a new place. Is that how it is with Lovey: she doesn't do walkthroughs when someone moves out, but new tenants get a description of the occupants of every other unit?
Panels 3-5 (or is that FLUSHHH a column instead of a panel?): Now, does Michael suddenly have to go to the bathroom from the stress of it all? Or was he just checking to see what would happen? At any rate, people who bang on the ceiling when the people above them flush the toilet must be total psychos. And what, did they run to that part of their unit, or worse, follow his footsteps, so they could hit right near where he's standing? Furthermore, he looks practically inbred in that last panel.
Of course, this could be something to simply be worked through and dealt with. You know, like married couples usually do, who aren't symbiotic with their parents. But of course this is going to build to an unbearable level of tension that can ONLY be alleviated by moving back to Milborough.
And you should see them over on the FOOB Yahoo! group. They're actually excited at the prospect; they think it would be so sweet and adorable. Blaugh. I think Cookie Monster* was right: Mike should have been dropped from regular rotation after he married Deanna.
*My husband read this a little while ago, and told me he doesn't want to be "Mr. Bun". In light of the fact that this LJ is registered to "Cookie77", he will now be known as the Cookie Monster.