Come to think of it, what *is* the dynamic between Bimbo and Ralph? Bimbo says to her mother ". . . but then the guy would (wouldn't?) let us have it because he thought Ralph was a pet . . ." Obviously Bimbo doesn't consciously think of Ralph as a pet. But is that really true? Certainly not in the traditional sense, and yet . . .<P>Think of how close they were through high school (ok, I'm basing this on the flashback, but then that's all I've got). Now they're living together. That would seem to indicate a *very* close relationship, yet it's indicated that Ralph and Bimbo aren't involved with each other in that way (unless you intend to drop a bombshell on us, Poe
. In fact, it's made fairly clear that they wouldn't, *ever*, be involved like that (which I suppose makes it easier for them to be together all the time in relaxed situations). So they've been "just friends" for what . . . 5 years? Somehow that doesn't seem to fit.<P>Ralph is always very pro-attention . . . ever noticed the things your pet does to try to get your attention? I'm thinking particularly of the beer ad at the start ("Hey Bimbo . . .") - Bimbo is always in the dominant position (ok, so she's taller, but still . . .)<P>After that, he followed her to her art class. What does he do all day, anyway? Stay at home? He seems to have nothing better to do that hang around with Bimbo . . . like a pet (he claims to have been bored - it's not like you can just leave a job because you're bored). He's still a bit independent though (the 'video camera' scene
. . . and there's nothing like a cat to do their own thing, particularly if they know you won't want them to.<P>When they're stuck in a motel, Bimbo gets pretty stressed with Ralph's "medical condition" (*g*). But she *could* just leave him. She doesn't - why not? Then when Ralph expresses doubts over the lease, Bimbo overrules them, and Ralph complies with nothing but a *sigh*. She has this way of disregarding advice from him (the cheesecake incident, _and_ Cthulhu), even though he appears to be the more sensible/intelligent of the two.<P>But the most telling incident is when Bimbo finds Ralph has been smoking pot. "I . . I'm sorry . . It was . . err . . peer pressure . . I didn't inhale . . um . ." - sounds more like a child with his mother . . . AND the text behind them is highly suggestive - is that "Bad! Bad Moogle! You're very bad!!" in the background? (actually, I'd like to know what she's saying there, since it looks . . . interesting
<P>Then Ralph is willing to skip the first day back to give "moral support" (ok, so I'm the sort of person that probably *wouldn't*, but Bimbo certainly phrased it like an order). And on the way into the piercing shop, guess who's holding who's shoulder . . .<P>Please tell me if you think I'm reading *way* too much into this comic, but I thought you might not have noticed how suggestive it was in other ways.