This gag was not meant to be political, or to start a healthcare debate.
We had a rent joke already with the monster.
Maria doesn’t back down easily.
Petey has much to learn. Lava is what flows overground. Underground there is magma.
That aside, Anne Frank wrote in her early diary entires of an imaginary underground world.
I don’t think Petey thinks of Ernesto in that way- as a character whose story he can dictate. Ernesto is more like a force that disturbs Petey under its own power.
Aside from the suggestion that their marriage was founded on a pretense…
…Flo saw his eyes? We never have- but then, she’s married to him.
My Dad used to use that Latin phrase whenever disputes over taste arose. He would also use the Hindu (which he picked up in WWII when stationed in India) for “Let’s have some quiet!”
Pig-Pen never left the strip. While he appeared more frequently once upon a time, it was never as often as some folks might think. He was a one-joke character, and that limited his appearances.
I’m supposing that, in real life, that would be a separate employee- but it works better in terms of the strip to keep the cast reined in a bit.
I’m an independent, and I feel that ‘everybody gets a trophy’ events are deceptive, pandering, and give kids false expectations of the world. They’re done so the adults can assuage any possible guilt that might come with breaking the news to those who didn’t win. But it’s not a good idea. Is it better to give them a lifetime as spoiled, entitled whiners when they enter the real world, or to have them maybe learn about how to cope with and rise above life’s disappointments?