Girls Are Weird
Michael states his belief: “Girls are weird.”
Lawrence counters with: “Maybe not all girls!” Lawrence is admitting that some girls are weird, and possibly he is admitting that Deanna Sobinki’s behaviour on the school bus was weird.
Michael responds with: “Yeah… all girls.”
Then he begins his proof. Aside from Deanna Sobinski, Michael has a sister. Elizabeth qualifies as a girl, and one that both Lawrence and Michael know. In fact, Elizabeth is weird enough that Lawrence does not even argue the point. All Michael has to do is point out that he has a sister. To be honest, this is the weakest part of Michael’s argument. Elizabeth does not do much more than show up in silhouette in Panel 3. However, I could grant that a girl,who can appear as a silhouette when everything else around is clearly defined, has a little weirdness to her.
Lawrence counters with the question: What about mothers? Both Lawrence and Michael have one of those. Is Connie Poirier weird? Is Elly Patterson weird? We don’t get to see this part of the argument, because our next scene is Elly Patterson shrieking at Michael who has not taken off his shoes and has put some dirt on the floor. We know that Elly Patterson is a shrieker, but in times past when she shrieked over dirt, there was more dirt. Also, Elly has shown a reluctance to scream at her kids in front of people who are not family. I would hard-pressed to find another time when Elly shrieked at Michael in front of one of his friends. To me, Elly’s behaviour here is not so much weird, but out-of-character.
After this we see Lawrence’s argument defeated, as he admits, “You’re right. Girls are weird.” Of course Lawrence did not cede the entire point. He didn’t say, “All girls are weird.” Maybe Lawrence does not count his mom…yet. Wait until she chases after Phil Richards in Montreal to come to that conclusion. Nevertheless, the sight of Michael’s mother shrieking at him and pointing at the minimal amount of dirt coming off his feet is enough for Lawrence to come to the conclusion that Elly Patterson is weird.
I think Michael has made his point. Girls are weird. And that may be as good an explanation as we will get for Deanna Sobinski’s spitting.