dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Today's strip is a rather depressing reminder that Lynn used to be able to write credible stories about littering once; contrasting this to the conserving water strip reminds us of how far Lynn fell.

(Strip Number 6085, Original Publication Date, 18 July 1982)

Panel 1: As our story continues, we find Mike and Liz enjoying a pleasant summer day at a nearby lake; too bad that the fun they're having splashing each other will soon turn into a date with a tetanus shot for one of them.

Panel 2: That 'someone' is Lizzie who, having stepped on something she shouldn't have, says 'Uh....Ow, Michael."

Panel 3: Mike yells for Elly to come over quick because Lizzie's cut herself.

Panel 4: Elly surveys the damage, notices that the cut is pretty deep and says that she'll need to have a bandage put on.

Panel 5: Having fished the object she stepped on out of the water, Mike tells Elly that Lizzie is crying because she stepped on a broken bottle.

Panel 6: Elly tells him that loads of people treat the lakes like garbage dumps and just chuck junk like that in them.

Panel 7: Mike asks why this is; he then wonders if they think it vanishes on its own or that it won't hurt someone down the line or if, well, it's a really smart thing to do.

Panel 8: As Elly gets ready to take Lizzie to the outpatients, she tells Mike that they don't think at all.

Summary: Sure, the moralizing is heavy-handed and the dialogue is stilted but the logic is still sound; the Pattersons' fun day at the lake was cut short by someone else's thoughtlessness and, well, the K-words she'll get this week are reasonably well-earned.

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