dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Monday, 13 September 2010

Today's strip is a rather annoying one; that's because we have to remind ourselves that Elly isn't really all that good at dealing with financial matters.

(Strip Number 170, Original Publication Date, 14 September 1981)

Panel 1: We start off with John reading his paper of an evening; he's pleasantly surprised when Elly asks him if he'd like a cup of coffee.

Panel 2: He then murmurs "Hmmmm" in agreement to her asking him if he's feeling comfy as she massages his shoulders.

Panel 3: Having suddenly realized that she's only doing this because she needs a favor, he looks at her with a certain measure of suspicion; her response is to have the Bug-Eyed Smile of The Jig Is Up.

Panel 4: She then asks him if he'd help her balance her checkbook.

Summary: It sort of reeks that we have to be reminded that Elly isn't any better at dealing with her own finances than Lynn herself is; not only is this whole math-anxiety thing one of the more toxic cliches, it's an obvious lead-in to a bunch of letters on CT that go "Hurhurhur!! Camera In My House, Ellie! I love your column because I can't balance my checkbook because math is hard! Signed Barbie Dahl, Crystal Cove, Ca."

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