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0588: Boyfriend Goggles in Halloween 17th Sep, 2020
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0588: Boyfriend Goggles
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Mel Cormac edit delete
Mel Cormac
Gosh Anna I don’t know how you thought this possibly could have gone down well.
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LinkyBoy
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I may have missed an episode but... have Anna and Tilly already met before? What's with the sudden siding with Seth?
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
They haven't met yet, Anna assumes Tilly sucks because Seth doesn't like her, the most mature thing anyone has done
Microraptor
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Microraptor
Tilly was born on Halloween?

That explains... a lot!
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Haha yeah, when deciding her birthday, there was really only one choice
RazorD9
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RazorD9
Damn those googles are wielded to Jon's head. That or maybe Anna laid it on too thick.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Anna tried to use fire to melt the goggles off him, but instead just sealed them tighter onto his face
Squirreltastic-Blue
Anna isn't the hero we deserve, but the hero we need.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
"SWEAR TO ME."
anonymous coward (Guest)
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I could complain about Anna being horrifyingly prejudiced against someone she hasn't met entirely because the lady in question had a sane but exasperated boss-reaction problem with Seth being problematically dim and feckless at work. (Bloody hell, other coworkers stop by to help Seth with basic arithmetic while they should be doing their own work?) It wouldn't really be fair to do that though, because even if those four words don't fully and aptly describe Tilly we have seen her act in ways that may fairly be described with those critically negative words. At the same time that's a rank load of rotten river mud: Anna calling Tilly a piece of shit girlfriend because of her having four negative traits, even if describing her with those four words is fair and true, is rather bloody hypocritical of the sketchy, violent, petty-thieving, oblivious, self-satisfied, arsehole saying so.

This said, respect is due for presenting characters with realistically ugly and disappointing flaws of character, intention, awareness and competence.

Anna expecting that to have gone well (or not caring enough to spend more effort and empathy on it than she did) may be explainable by the, "oblivious, self-satisfied arsehole," parts in my description of her.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
I love my terrible dysfunctional babies who are very occasionally not total bastards
anonymous coward (Guest)
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Well gosh, you'd have to. Or, if not, at least you'd have to love torturing them almost as much as people who were actually like them would deserve.

On second glance one can read certain theatre of the absurd elements in all this too. Perhaps that's an unintentional byproduct of being set in 21st century England though.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
"A personality only a writer could love"

Yeah, modern English people are... weird and awkward, to put it mildly lol
anonymous coward (Guest)
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I could wax scathing about how fractally awful it all is, and about how most of what's awful in it is down to thoughtless spite, shortsighted selfishness, and self-sabotaging stupidity, but why steal thunder from the work itself? This comic presents and mocks many failings of human nature, and I say that is at least one of the good reasons to come back for more.

Instead I'll say I'm disappointed in myself for missing an opportunity for a terrible joke and not making that one line, "...respect is due for presenting characters with realistically ugly and disappointing flaws of character, reason, awareness, intention and competence." I'm not sure how many would have caught and liked this joke though. Do you think it's good craic?

Ask ten different people what's wrong with the world today and I'd say you've picked a disappointingly dull and conformist bunch if you get less than eleven different answers out of them. Let's not descend to open political ranting about it here though: That kind of thing has a habit of attracting meme-bots either unwilling or unable to think and respond honestly and critically on such topics.
Matthew Jones (Guest)
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Yeah, I'm with Anna on this one. It's pushing the line.
anonymous coward (Guest)
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Right you are. Jon does know he's dating a lady that literally harasses and terrorizes his older brother because she's a shitty manager. Jon can't convincingly claim ignorance or disbelief either, since he was the target of it during a bizarre body swap incident. Tilly may not be a shit girlfriend or an overall shit person, but she is unequivocally a shit boss and an unmitigated source of pain and fear to Seth. Trying to bring that to your brother's Halloween party is like trying to deck him in the face, then knee him in the bollocks.

The thing is, Seth's response to Jon's dating incompetence was to snarl angrily at him being taken with Tilly. Did Seth set Jon up with someone else to date? Did he teach him how to find and ask out other girls? Did he ask his other friends for help or advice? Did he even just bribe Jon to lay off and stay away from Tilly? No, Seth whined and threatened, and he wonders why his dateless little brother eventually decided that didn't matter more to him than her pretty eyes, thighs and bosom, and the fact she smiles at him. Frankly, everyone involved here is being shortsightedly selfish and lacking in empathy like little children who don't know how to try and see things from other people's perspectives.