Who else sees those panels of Snoopy dancing and hears the “Linus and Lucy” theme?
This isn’t Opus. Opus was always kind and sensitive. Breathed no longer even knows his own characters.
Add a scene set at Christmas and you just cracked the Shane Black screenwriting code.
In the early days of his strip (which would be closer in time to when this sequence originally aired, obviously), Garfield liked to beat up dogs for fun, typically Odie, but others as well. He also used to occasionally terrorize neighborhood kids.
The cat next door is Garfield. It explains a lot.
Another, less enlightened, woman might have thought he’s a grown man and could either get his own apartment or move into a dorm.
For most women, “I live with a jerk because my mommy makes me” would be turnoff. Gunther may have just found his soulmate.
There’s a certain irony in Berkeley complaining about people being too literal when the modern iteration of this strip is nothing but breaking character to editorialize. For, example: Steve is supposed to be the strip’s resident right winger. He’d never say anything positive about Beto. But because Berke wants to endorse someone, he “forgets” that. Way to urinate away your legacy, man.