Next strip. Weed says, "I told you not to take a full time editing job!" Mike tells him, "I couldn't get married and do freelance" despite the fact that Deanna is working. "She's covering for people on maternity leave. We needed more security!"
During this, Weed was burning an egg while boiling it, which leads to a brief Lovey interlude. "Oy! Why do I rent this place to KIDS!"
Next strip. Deanna, summoned by the smoke alarm, appears at Weed's apartment, where this convo was taking place. Weed: "I'm trying to talk him into dumping the full time gig, and go into business." Mike: "It would mean taking a few risks, but Weed and I are fairly well known now, Dee. We could do something crazy!! What do you think?"
"I think I'm pregnant."
Next strip: Deanna clarifies that she hadn't been sure, but now she's "relatively" sure. Weed provides an alternate definition for "relatively".
Next strip: Mike: "Deanna, how could you be pregnant? You're a pharmacist, for heaven's sake!"
Deanna: "I'm sorry, Mike! I wanted to change medications, so I waited for the first one to leave my system, and...it just happened!" When Mike grasps at the straw of still not knowing for sure, she informs him that the home pregnancy test was positive. Weed offers cognac to the father-to-be.
Next strip: Elly is ecstatic. "SHREIK!! A BABY?!!" And so forth. "Honey, we are going to have more in common than we ever had before!" (What an odd thing to say.) Michael feels a hair go grey.
Next strip: Deanna: "I'm so sorry, Michael." Mike: "You can't take all the blame, Dee. I had a hand in it too...so to speak." Deanna: "I hoped we could start a family in a year or two. I never thought..." She's not due until October, but "all these bills are due NOW."
Next three strips: John, Elly, Grampa and April discuss impending grandparenthood and aunthood. Connie points out to Elly that now wrinkles won't matter so much any more. Elly: "Oh, they'll matter...They'll just be hidden in the smiles!"
And finally, Candace's fabled "planned accident" insight. Liz: "My brother's wife is pregnant!" Candace: "Planned or accident?" Liz: "I don't know. I thought they were going to wait a while, but..." Candace: "Deanna's a pharmacist, right?" "So?" "So it was a planned accident!"
But that was all there was to it; no "What do you mean?" or similar springboard for further discussion. However, Candace, being a psych major and abuse survivor (remember the poster on r.a.c.s. who kept insisting that Candace was not to be taken seriously, to the point of saying that, since she was the one who said it, that meant it wasn't credible?), is presented as the character best able to see through bullshit. At any rate, I am glad the idea was brought up in the strip. At that point, it was possible for someone with the last name Patterson to have a personality flaw. But as someone pointed out tonight, things changed pretty darn fast after this.