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Tuesday, 5 July 2011

In today's strip, Phil makes a mildly-humorous remark that keeps Elly from realizing that instead of rolling her eyes in disgust, she should be worried about the hold tobacco has on the males in the Richards family. Here we are with her dad and her kid brother as more or less junkies and she doesn't know to feel anything but contempt.

(Strip Number 280, Original Publication Date, 6 July 1982)

Panel 1: We start things off with Phil pathetically grateful to have found the nub end of a cigarette; having borne witness to this rather sad display, Hostile Jerkass Elly says that she doesn't believe what she just saw.

Panel 2: Phil, inspired both by a need to promote how cool the habit he sort of hates is and also to try to explain the sick sort of hold smokes have on him, tells her that since she's never smoked, she doesn't know what it's like.

Panel 3: As he smokes the cigarette whose smell she can't stand and drinks the beer she doesn't want in her house because she's probably got an AA chip in her purse, he tells her that a man has to have a few comfy vices in the first place.

Panel 4: She rolls her eyes in disgust when he makes a mildly asinine comment about how sickeningly perfect he'd be without them.

Summary: She shouldn't actually be so quick to condemn the man; what the woman whose withering contempt of John when he gets tipsy is mostly inspired by her disgust that her husband can't hold his liquor nearly as well as she can doesn't realize is that a woman whose catchphrase is probably "God! I could use a drink!" has no real right to high-hat anyone else for being an addict.
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