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Tuesday, 5 October 2010

In today's strip, Elly tries to get her family to eat her horrible cooking only to end up eating it herself so as to avoid waste. She ends the mini-arc tomorrow wondering what force within her needs to clean off all the plates.

(Strip Number 4076, Original Publication Date, 6 October 1981)


Panel 1: We start off with Elly, whose face is frozen in the Bug-Eyed Glare of Existential Horror™, opening up a pot of her Little Orange Surprise with Carrot Coins and telling the disembodied heads of her revolted family "Come on, guys, this is good food; what am I going to do with it?"

Panel 2: Not realizing the answer to her question is "Eat the vile slop and like it", John proffers the solution of installing a garbur(a/e)tor (That's what people in the part of Western Canada where Lynn grew up call a 'garbage disposal') to a mortified Elly.

Panel 3: Her response to his lack of faith in her cooking and what she perceives to be a refusal to respect what she contributes is to yell a muppet-mouth yell about how they already have one.

Panel 4: We next see her shoveling down her revolting cooking and thought-bubbling "Me!"

Summary: The premise behind this is that once again, Elly's ungrateful family has forced her to clean off their plates because they don't want to help out. The problem letting her wallow in victimism is that Elly is doing things that work against her own self-interest. First, she serves foods she knows that her family hates because she thinks that she can train them to like things they don't. Second, she cooks for a family of at least eight and piles their plates with more they can eat. Third and finally, she's got some sick, obsessive-compulsive need to see everyone's plates get cleaned off at the end of their meals. Were she to serve sensible portions of food that don't make her family want to gobble it down quickly of an evening, she wouldn't feel like they didn't care about her while still being able to fit into her older clothes.
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