dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

In today's strip, Phil sets the plot into creaking motion by being smitten with an Idiot Ball the size of a Buick Roadmaster by making the ridiculous assumption that Elly allows imaginative play.

(Strip Number 283, Original Publication Date, 14 July 1982)

Panel 1: Things start out benignly enough; that's because as the boys are about to go to bed, they join the rest of the family in singing along to "The Tumbling Tumbleweed."

Panel 2: Phil decides to thin the plot by telling Mike and Gordon "Good night, kids; don't let the wolves get you!!"

Panel 3: As the kids cower in fear because of his ridiculously frightening comment, Phil asks a justifiably pissed Elly what he said wrong. Twice.

Summary: If I were Elly and I knew I was staring down the barrel of a night of having to reassure children a man (I started out calling him 'dumbass') scared out of their minds because he had no idea that his nephew went on a camping trip that could easily be compared to the Bataan Death Marchwas a silly-billy, I'd be pissed as well. Also, I'll bet you that Phil is still trying to figure out what, exactly, he said that got Elly so mad at him.

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