Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Mental Notes

Today’s reprint of For Better or For Worse jumps back 1 day in the daily reprint cycle from the reprint published yesterday. Yesterday’s reprint was originally published on
March 4, 1981. Today’s reprint was originally published on March 3, 1981. As it turns out the only strip skipped at the end of the “Connie goes to Montral” sequence was the March 2 strip, which has Connie thanking Elly.

Today’s strip makes a joke about John making mental notes because he can’t read his written ones. In other words, it’s a variation of the old “doctors must have terrible handwriting” joke, which is surpringly not used again in the strip that I can tell.

13 Comments:

Blogger DreadedCandiru2 said...

I wonder if this is a lead-in for an attempt to 'fix' continuity by showing us the Pattersons running around in circles trying to prepare their taxes; Lynn needs to fill in the hole she gouged out of continuity and she thinks that she's explained what happened in Montreal so it's likely that we're in for her showing and telling us that she's not good at math.

10:24 PM  
Blogger forworse said...

DC2

she thinks that she's explained what happened in Montreal

There are still two more strips where Connie comes over for coffee (naturally) and asks Elly what Phil thought about her turning up on his doorstep like that and Elly saying that he thought the visit was great and wished Connie could have stayed longer.

It's so strange that Lynn skipped the "thanking you enough" strip, since she can't easily go back and use it as it is obvious now that Lawrence has left and that strip shows Connie taking Lawrence home. I'm not ruling out the possibility of a newruin re-do, though, possibly with more sticky-outy tongues. We have two more days this week to finish the Montreal arc, assuming that Lynn doesn't think it is already over. Could the two Connie-Elly-coffee strips fill that gap or are we in for some random reprints?

11:07 PM  
Blogger April Patterson said...

I've had to enter doctors' names into a computer from a sign-in sheet for continuing medical education. The "lousy handwriting" stereotype is true more often than not, I'm afraid.

3:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "joke" here is quintessential Lynn Johnston: word play that doesn't really make sense. Mental notes aren't a form of writing.

This strip reminds me of one of the reasons why I always thought Elizabeth should have ended up with Warren Blackwood: he was the just about only character outside of the Patterson family who had a fondness for this kind of joke.

4:16 AM  
Blogger April Patterson said...

This strip reminds me of one of the reasons why I always thought Elizabeth should have ended up with Warren Blackwood: he was the just about only character outside of the Patterson family who had a fondness for this kind of joke.

Oh, but keep in mind that Howard Bunt's retort to Liz's "I'm pretty trustworthy" was "Oh, you're pretty, alright." Wordplay!

5:08 AM  
Blogger howard said...

DreadedCandiru2,

I wonder if this is a lead-in for an attempt to 'fix' continuity by showing us the Pattersons running around in circles trying to prepare their taxes

As it stands now, the reprints are ahead of time in 1981 to where we are in 2010 and we have 10 strips coming up in the dailies which Lynn has either reprinted already last year or are too tied to those reprints to reprint. Lynn can either fill it in with new-runs, or just jump over them and do straight reprints without respect to the original time they were printed. I favor the new-runs, because I can’t see Lynn going to straight reprints without some kind of last hurrah.

5:29 AM  
Blogger howard said...

forworse,

There are still two more strips where Connie comes over for coffee (naturally) and asks Elly what Phil thought about her turning up on his doorstep like that and Elly saying that he thought the visit was great and wished Connie could have stayed longer.

That would be the perfect (and last) opportunity for Lynn to add some new-runs explaining the whole “’Allo?” girl thing, or at least for Elly to give Connie an “I told you so” lecture.

Could the two Connie-Elly-coffee strips fill that gap or are we in for some random reprints?

That’s very possible. The strip immediately following the one yesterday in the original printing had Elly and John complimenting each other on how good their relationship is, and just can’t see Lynn Johnston reprinting that one.

5:30 AM  
Blogger howard said...

aprilp_katje,

I've had to enter doctors' names into a computer from a sign-in sheet for continuing medical education. The "lousy handwriting" stereotype is true more often than not, I'm afraid.

I have a friend in pharmacy that has said the same to me. Sometimes she has to call the doctor’s office and ask them what the prescription is.

Oh, but keep in mind that Howard Bunt's retort to Liz's "I'm pretty trustworthy" was "Oh, you're pretty, alright." Wordplay!

Considering Liz’s history with falling for men who approach her with some little quip, in retrospect it’s amazing she didn’t seriously consider Howard Bunt as a potential boyfriend. He’s not much worse looking than Anthony Caine.

5:31 AM  
Blogger howard said...

Anonymous,

The "joke" here is quintessential Lynn Johnston: word play that doesn't really make sense. Mental notes aren't a form of writing.

True. Although we have seen strips where the thought balloons were pictures of things, so maybe John Patterson pictures in his mind what he would write in the way he would write it.

5:33 AM  
Anonymous Steeler said...

There's a joke about doctors going on strike.

No one could read the Picket Signs, so management had to bring in Pharmacists to decipher them.

8:05 AM  
Blogger howard said...

Steeler,

That sounds like a joke a pharmacist would make. I would have loved to see Deanna Patterson tell that joke to John Patterson.

9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know I have to say that Elizabeth's relationships lost all sense of reality for me after she got with Paul Wright. Reason? A girl who had had a stalker and been attacked would be a bit gun shy of a guy who tracks her down from her mom's description to "give back" a pair of sunglasses.

After further thought though I have a plausible reason why she ran from Paul and settled for Anhtony aside from the sick way Anthony "saved her" and then took her some place remote to dump about his relationship failing.

You see I have a friend, a nice, pretty, intelligent, girl who couldn't stay single for more than two weeks and who eventually married someone who was a drip and a loser after being with him for 6 months.

The reason? A crippling fear of being alone...a fear that came after being attacked by an ex. And it's behaviour we didn't see in Elizabeth before Howard, but we saw her desperate for a man after. Before she seemed quite happy single, teaching, and having Warren come by occasionally for a friends with benefits flirting.

Liz methinks, was afraid of being alone and filled it with someone she KNEW wouldn't leave her no matter how neurotic she was. Paul I think wouldn't have put up with her being clingy for much longer and she knew it, Anthony would LOVE it. However? After the wedding in my reality she stayed married two years before admitting she married the wrong guy and leaving him to be a happily single girl off in some remote town and only staying in contact with April.

11:27 AM  
Blogger howard said...

Anonymous,

A girl who had had a stalker and been attacked would be a bit gun shy of a guy who tracks her down from her mom's description to "give back" a pair of sunglasses.

Except the guy was a police constable, which for some might mean, “not a stalker.”

Liz methinks, was afraid of being alone and filled it with someone she KNEW wouldn't leave her no matter how neurotic she was. Paul I think wouldn't have put up with her being clingy for much longer and she knew it, Anthony would LOVE it. However?

Except Anthony had already left her one time before for Thérèse, and Anthony never visited her at Nippissing University, like Liz had wanted him to do. Paul Wright, on the other hand, was moving his job to be closer to Liz. If Liz didn’t want to be alone, then it seems to me that Paul would be the right choice.

After the wedding in my reality she stayed married two years before admitting she married the wrong guy and leaving him to be a happily single girl off in some remote town and only staying in contact with April.

But what about baby James?

1:04 PM  

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