dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Saturday, 16 April 2011

We end the week watching Mike oversell being sick so as to avoid going to school. Way to feed into your mother's default disbelief, idiot.

(Strip Number 4161, Original Publication Date, 24 April 1982)

Panel 1: It's about 7:30 on a weekday morning as Elly tells a freaked-out Michael that she thinks he's well enough to go back to school.

Panel 2: He reacts to this by yelling "No! Ma!" and making a show of coughing and wheezing.

Panel 3: He then starts channeling Doctor Smith by talking about the pain, ma, OOOOOO, the pain!!!

Panel 4: We next see him walking to the bus stop and telling Lawrence that he guesses that he overacted.

Summary: As I've said before, Elly's default assumption is that a child that looks sick and acts sick is faking so as to add to her many cruel burdens; this is not only the result of her being a paranoid idiot, it's also the result of her being a shameless liar as a child. Given that her idea of empathy is to assume that everyone in the world thinks like her, it's no wonder that a year or so down the line, Lizzie ends up in the pediatric ICU because Stupid didn't catch a disease in time. In any event, since Mike talks about his report card Monday, Lynn dodged a bullet continuity-wise because we can't honestly say that there was much Easter-themed disruption to the story.

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