dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Sunday, 4 September 2011

In today's strip, Mike exploits the massive ineptitude of his mother for cheap laughs; given that the modern-day Mike is just as crappy a parent for much the same reason, this exercise in idiot negligence is even more appalling than it was twenty-nine years ago.

(Strip Number 6087, Original Publication Date, 5 September 1982)

Panel 1: We start things off with a look at the front hallway; a raincoat and red umbrella are hanging on a rack next to a pair of red boots.

Panel 2: We then see a smiling Lizzie poking her head out of the doorway as she looks at the boots.

Panel 3: The strip most of Coffee Talk sees starts with Mike hovering over Elly while she's still half-asleep and telling her that Lizzie just went outside; instead of the expected taking off like a shot, Elly puts her need to sleep too deep (zombie sleep) ahead of the safety of her child and grunts like a caveflapandhonk.

Panel 4: She responds to his telling her that Lizzie has her red umbrella with her by muttering frustratedly.

Panel 5: His telling her that she's wearing the red boots we saw earlier yields same response.

Panel 6: His telling her that that's all Lizzie is wearing yields the Bug-Eyed Glare of Existential Horror™.

Panel 7: We next see her running down the street in her housecoat and slippers trying to intercept Super Naked Lizzie.

Panel 8: Mike grins as he thought-bubbles about loving saving the best for last; given that he'll be screamed at for not looking after her so Elly can cosplay as a member of the Black Lantern Corps, his glee will be shortlived.

Summary: Now, I'd originally gotten pissed at Mike for being a knob but I was reminded that he acts like a shit most of the time because his parents don't do all that much parenting. As I type this revised summary, I don't know if I'm going to see a Lynnsight that asks us to congratulate Lynn on tormenting her mother or to condemn Aaron for not living her life for her. What I do know is that the first full week of September will be dedicated to getting us picky-faces to not make uncool critical noises about the negligence and stupidity we see on display here.

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.