dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

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Friday, 30 July 2010

Today's strip finds the Pattersons in their driveway getting ready to work on their cover story.

(Strip Number 158, Original Publication Date, 31 July 1981)

Panel 1: I don't have to explain where the Pattersons are because John does it for me when he says "Okay! We're home...and Ted's car is in the driveway!"

Panel 2: The rest of the family turn their heads toward him as he tells them that they're going to thank Ted for the use of what they think is his cabin.

Panel 3: He smiles as he tells them they're going to tell Ted what a great time they had.

Panel 4: Elly stifles a giggle as Mike tells a gobsmacked John that in other words, they're going to lie through their teeth.

Summary: Sadly, Ted's need to solicit praise for how well he treats himself denies the Pattersons the chance to save face. It also affords Elly the opportunity to stand around being a big, huffy, hypocritical jerkass who bludgeons John over the head with a lie about how she knew it wasn't Ted's place all along.

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