Each and every day a comic strip abuses the use of the silent second-to-last panel.
posted by Matt Gill at 9:20 PM
I think it may be a joke about Garfield and Odie's selfishness. They probably planned to spend New Years Eve on the couch, and would rather force Jon to buy a new couch than just sit somewhere else. The joke also might be that Jon's couch is so tiny that only one person can sit in it. I dont think it's a fat joke though.
Jon may have entertained the fantasy that Liz would sleep in his bed. Garfield's take: "maybe so -- but Jon will have to sleep on the couch"
It's totally opaque to me, I was hoping for some insight. I think the key is something to do with Odie's arms, wait, front legs, or paws, or whatever the hell they are.
I think the joke is that Jon is such a loser he has never had a guest before. He spends all his time with his pets and has never needed to fit a human on the couch with them. Also they take for granted that Jon and Liz will have no privacy.For years New Year's Eve has been preceded on this strip by about three weeks of Jon calling people he hasn't seen since second grade asking for a date. Other than his family, can anyone remember a guest? He certainly never had a successful date before Liz, right? So it could just be acknowledging the unprecedented wonder of Jon having a human over.But I do think it's possible we were meant to speculate on the possibility of her sleeping over as an unofficial alternate interpretation. Since Arlo and Janis started slipping in sex references, other people have been emboldened, such as the "tango" references that led to the recent pregnancy on Stone Soup.
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