dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Friday, 16 September 2011

In today's strip, Mike gets made out to look like a chauvinistic jerkass in training when he's actually a dull-witted little boy who wants his meat-stuff.

(Strip Number 4224, Original Publication Date, 17 September 1982)

Panel 1: We find ourselves back at the Pattermanse watching Elly boast about her good news; she does so by holding up a copy of the Valley Voice and telling John that her column is going to appear on the page she's indicating.

Panel 2: She then says that she's going to report library news like it's never been reported before.

Panel 3: She then tries to get Mike to share in the good news by telling him that his mom is now a career woman.

Panel 4: As he turns a tube from a roll of paper towel into a pretend spyglass, he mutters "Neat" before asking when supper is.

Summary: Lynn's notes would probably read as follows: "This is the first real indication that Mike has no real sympathy for the idea that Elly should not be housebound; as the years go on, he tries to make her feel guilty for not waiting on him hand and foot like a real mother is supposed to and marries a woman who does so without complaint." An objective reading would refer to how seven year olds don't understand enough about adult life to care what their jobs are or about how Mike remembers how fickle Mommy is or some other unfaaaaaaair thing.

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