dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Saturday, 17 July 2010

In today's strip, John says something dumb to try to avoid pitching in at clean-up time; it doesn't work.

(Strip Number 4037, Original Publication Date, 18 July 1981)

Panel 1: We find ourselves looking at the interior of the abandoned shanty that the Pattersons think is Ted's place; John says that Ted's keys didn't fit too well but he managed to get the door open. A normal man of average intelligence would immediately realize that if the keys don't fit the lock they're supposed to go into, he's in the wrong place but we are talking about John Patterdolt. He doesn't know when he's beaten, he doesn't when he's winning, he's got no sensory apparatus whatever.

Panel 2: Elly looks at the decrepit hellhole and says "Boy, this sure isn't much of a place."

Panel 3: John sets up the punchline by telling an astonished Elly that all it needs is a woman's touch....

Panel 4: ....only to ask where he should start when she gives him the Penetrating Death Stare.

Summary: When I first laid eyes on this way back when, I asked myself the question "Are the Pattersons even in the right place?"; that's because it seemed that a doctor who fancied himself a ladykiller would have a nicer place than this. John's having to bust down the door to get in only added to my suspicion that the idiot made a wild-ass (and incorrect) guess as to where Ted's place was. I say this because I think that even Inman might start to suspect that something is up.

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