dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

A conversation with Lawrence about the reality of the Easter Bunny and Santa is a lead-in to the arc from 1981 that I hate the most: John Patterson, Rage-aholic Favor Banker. I am looking forward to Lynn's notes on this one, people; I gotta know why she thinks the "you owe us every penny we spent on you" bullcrap is a good, noble thing. 

(Strip Number 178, Original Publication Date, 29 September 1981)

Panel 1: We start off with Lawrence and Michael sitting under a tree as the leaves fall; Lawrence says that his mom says that frost fairies paint the leaves in the fall before asking him if he believes in fairies.

Panel 2: Lawrence does; he believes in all of them: Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy.....

Panel 3: Mike interjects by saying that with a dollar a week allowance, he can't afford not to.

Summary: This leads into a discovery that Connie, who probably makes less than John, is smart enough with her money that she can pay Lawrence more allowance. This escalates rapidly into self-serving idiot John declaring that Mike not only should do chores, he owes them every God-damned penny that they spend on his behalf; when that dick philosophy is questioned, John proves that he should never have had kids by not only spanking Mike but being an unrepentant sack of shit about it. Never in the strip's history will you see a Patterparent realize, much less admit, that they were wrong to do something. 

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