And, it is odd that neither Bernice, nor Luann mentioned how inappropriate it would be if Ben saw Luann, a minor, a 16 year-old, as a girlfriend?
I think that’s more Greg not realizing that it isn’t 1950 and we don’t raise our daughters to be married off as early as possible anymore, because Luann also was briefly teased with Stuart the lifeguard, who was old enough to be married. Like Ben, he too met Luann’s parents and they seemed onboard with the idea of 16-year-old Luann dating him (though Stuart may have looked young for his age. Still, they should’ve known that Luann’s boss was probably a legal adult.)
Trust me, Bernice gets a lot worse about it (though TBF she does chill out in the end). Try these strips for instance:
Oh, I don’t disagree with you. The Halpers probably did it in the cruelest way possible; I wasn’t trying to argue that there was a civilized discussion about it. Anyway, my theory is that they were sick of Bernice anyway and were just looking for an excuse to be rid of her.
When I was 18 I spent so much time sleeping over at my friend’s house that my parents packed my stuff for me as a sign that I may as well live there (at which point I moved out, and it really was the best thing for everyone involved). Maybe Bernice’s parents did something similar: since she’s content to spend all her time at Luann’s, she may as well just move in with them.
Bernice’s brother, given up for adoption at birth. Later found Bernice online and reconnected (well, connected) while he was deployed in the Army. Luann got a crush on him (despite the fact that he was at least 21 and she was only 16). Bernice’s own feeling about him were complicated (it was implied that she had a crush on him too) and she got insanely jealous over him and Luann getting to know each other. He was later discharged from the Army and came home. Luann tried to set up a romantic Valentines Day dinner with him (without telling him her intentions were romantic, mind you) but he had to cancel because he was going out of town. After that he was never seen again until today. This strip is well-known for dumping people down the memory hole once they’re no longer a viable love interest (Examples include Miguel, Quill, Stuart, Zane, Piro…), but this case was unusual in that he’s Bernice’s brother and she forgot his existence as well.
I’m not blaming Ben for Bernice’s situation (at least not without evidence), I’m blaming her parents. Speaking of: have we ever actually seen them in the strip? Am I the only one who thinks it’s weird that of the hundreds (thousands?) of times we’ve seen Bernice hanging out with Luann, it’s has always been at Luann’s house rather than Bernice’s?
Desperate times require desperate measures.
You’re kinda proving my point here, that Gunther is Luann’s last resort rather than her true love.
Yeah, falling wouldn’t get you a Purple Heart. Though maybe it would if, say, you were in a helicopter about to land, and you got shot by the enemy and the bullet didn’t penetrate your chest plate but still had enough force to knock you out of the chopper before it was low enough. Though in that case, the incident would be better described as “got shot” rather than “fell”.
Guess I didn’t recall it as correctly as I’d hoped…
Possible, yes. Even remotely likely? No. Luann waking up one day and realizing that Gunther makes her womanly parts tingle is about as likely as an alien spaceship landing in the middle of the Moony Uni quad. Technically yes, it could happen in the strip, but I wouldn’t bet on it. And even if Luann DID suddenly get way into Gunther, it wouldn’t erase her past treatment of him. For that, Greg would have to retcon the past strips (like 9 Chickweed Lane is currently doing).