dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,
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Wednesday, 6 July 2011

In today's strip, we find Connie trying very hard to avoid calling her favorite restaurant her favorite restaurant; since Phil is a Richards, he's not going to see that the woman has more issues than Portrait magazine. All he's going to see is that she is on the fence about dating him and that's just awful.

(Strip Number 4197, Original Publication Date, 7 July 1982)

Panel 1: We find Phil and Connie at a restaurant downtown; as they clink glasses together, she gushes about how she just loves the little place and asks the same of him.

Panel 2: She then tells him that Pete and Ted used to bring her there.

Panel 3: He proves himself to be Elly's brother by not letting the comment go and asking why on Earth did she bring him there.

Panel 4: She smiles an almost desperate smile and tells him that she likes to think of it as their special place.

Summary: A saner man would realize that the woman has abandonment issues and tends to cling to the past like a starving octopus and not resent the imminent flip-flop most of us would see coming; Phil, however, is a Richards. This means that he's genetically programmed to not notice how damaged other people are and whine piteously about how it affects the only person that matters: himself. It's not about Connie being a love-lorn loonie who can't think straight, it's about someone not finding him desirable.
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