dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Thursday, 12 May 2011

In today's strip, we begin a mini-arc in which Ted's need to obey his mother conflicts with his attraction to Connie; Lynn's need to jam it to him because he calls a pretentious, potato-nosed fraud by her right name will provide us with years of amusement at his expense so sit back and enjoy the carnage.

(Strip Number 4170, Original Publication Date, 13 May 1982)

Panel 1: We find ourselves at the diner where John and Ted eat lunch; as John grabs a much smaller and less greasy burger than he'd get at home, Ted greets him with a hearty "Hi-yah, John, ol'sport." John, who's putting his meal on the table, replies with a non-committal Hi.

Panel 2: Ted reminds us that his thing with Connie is supposedly in the past and asks John if he's still sore at him; John says that he's not.

Panel 3: He then demonstrates that Lynn hasn't a clue how men talk or what they talk about when he tells Ted that Connie's dating someone else.

Panel 4: We get a tight close-up of Ted's horrified face as he yells "WHAT???!!!!"

Summary: We know that Ted isn't really over Connie because, well, she planted a Connie seed in his head that bore fruit even until the 2010s; the fact that John is punishing him for wanting to stall for time until he decides what he wants is sort of telling because it reminds us that John is a doer, not a thinker. This need John has to be a repulsive load of crap to people who dare remind him that he makes big decisions way too quickly is why he doesn't have many friends.

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