Taking bets that she has also locked herself out of her room…
The last panel would have to be a very clumsy artistic red herring, coloringwise, however…
Dez and Bets returning because Bets forgot her smartphone? Which just happens to be on a table in the main room?
Still live streaming?
Is somebody about to go viral? ;-)
Or, maybe she did. So, she had a towel, realized it was the yuck towel from the horny toads, meant to get another, got preoccupied again thinking about her situation and started her shower before getting a clean towel. Not impossible.
Bernice has an abnormally high degree of fear and shame around her sexuality. “Rules” to be put in place, anxiety about being a ‘slut’, imagined nymphomania.
She’s badly in need of guidance. Whether it be at least the insight and perspective of a mature, intelligent woman like Nancy or some sessions of actual counseling.
Right now, she is not in a healthy mental state. Not good for forming the relationships she needs to have to develop a healthy adult sex and relationship life.
Actually, I was thinking of her conflict coming from being *bi*sexual, not gay.
Struggling to understand/accept that yes, she is attracted to men, but confused, and fairly frightened, of having feelings for women as well.
The person who lives to put everything in neat little boxes, everything and everyone ‘obeying’ the rules, finding a huge part of herself that doesn’t.
If the creators had not already checked the non-vanilla sexuality box with the Pru (And I doubt they’d revisit the subject. I get a sense they’re box checkers much more than subject explorers.), I’d really be wondering about now if all this romantic tumult with Bernice and complete uncomfortableness in her own skin at her age, might be leading to something interesting and with a bit of depth. Something a bit more creatively cookie cutter than being gay.
It would be such a juicy thunderbolt to see her get all in a lather talking about her Nil/Jack upset only to have her plant a big old suddenly no longer sublimated smooch on Luann. ;)
So many threads to pull at with that swerve. How would a (I’d say written as classically straight) Luann reframe her BFF after such a test of her boundaries of maturity and world view?
Who might Bernice turn to for support that might reveal previously unexpected backstory? Nancy? Tiffany? Bets? Ben? Even Toni, or even more daringly…Brad? Not that any would necessarily ‘come out’ in some way, but might relate a time when they faced questions about their sexuality or had a flirtation with the ‘non-standard’.
Maybe in another comic strip lifetime. :)
“Dogs person tend to put their dog above all and think only about their sake.”
If that’s not tongue in cheek, it is definitely one of the weirder takes I’ve ever read in pet owners.
There is one swerve yet to be mentioned. For it to turn out Toni can’t have kids.
The “why” could come from a hundred different directions. Some medical issue. An accident on the job. Past family or relationship history/trauma having moved Toni to have a procedure to prevent a pregnancy.
Then I t would come down to Brad accepting a childless future (Or not, if it were to turn out Toni withheld the fact before they were married).
That would, of course provide a neat runway for an Shannon adoption arc to arrive on.
True, but along with that is the partner’s option to stay or go. Both parties face the potential loss of the relationship (Which one hopes runs deeper than, ‘You’re okay, but I’m hot enough to replace you without too much effort) if their position is written in stone.
People take questions like this much more seriously than they used to.
Of course people knew that some had serious, private reasons, but back in the day, it was considered a harmless inquiry, not expected on either side to yield an in depth, detailed medical history.
A flip, ‘Someday’ or ‘Stay tuned!’ was all that was expected. Now keep digging for details and you’d get flea in your ear, but no offense taken or meant otherwise.