dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

In today's strip, Elly's mildly horrified realization that she'd forgotten how to hold a newborn infant is either a reminder of a universal experience or a reminder that Elly has issues with her long-term memory.

(Strip Number 322, Original Publication Date, 20 October 1982)

Panel 1: We find ourselves in the Nichols house as Annie tells Elly how wonderful it is that she brought her both time and the gift of a pot roast and pies.

Panel 2: As Elly holds out her tentacle-fingered hands, Annie tells her to take the baby while she puts some of the food in the freezer.

Panel 3: Noticing that a very confused Elly is stammering "Uh, well, uh...", Anne asks her if something's wrong.

Panel 4: Panicky Elly's confession that she's forgotten how to hold one of these things mildly baffles Anne.

Summary: I believe Elly when she says that she has indeed forgotten that little detail despite her having given birth to two children. It's not as if the ability to do all that stuff is genetically programmed into her just because she's a woman despite what John, Mike and Anthony would like to believe; also, there was a flashback showing us that John's mom showed up giving her the gift of time when Liz was born. Also, she could simply be nervous holding the new baby and said so in an awkward manner.

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