While I was gone, "For Better or For Worse" returned to one of my most-hated and yet most-irresistable topics: Granthony, a.k.a. ancient, dorky, wimpy Anthony, Elizabeth's married ex-boyfriend, he of the snooty French-Canadian wife who hates both him and their baby.
OK, I get that we're supposed to hate Therese and feel for Anthony, but it's so slanted in that direction that I just can't get behind it. First off, who can believe that a woman would agree to carry a child for nine months, go through labor and delivery, live with said child, and yet all the time feel no more attached to said child as she would to a used Kleenex? We never saw Therese and baby Francoise interact, we never saw Therese be anything other than a complete jerk.
And other than Anthony's suddenly developing Superman-like powers and saving Liz from Evil Landscaping Guy Rapist way back when, all he's done is moon around about how much Therese sucks. There are one-note characters, there are one-track plotlines, but this is like...a fractional-note character on a one-rail plotline.
With the introduction of the name-like-a-big-anvil-on-your-head Mr. Wright, there's no way Liz is going to end up with anyone else by the end of the strip, right? So why even free up Anthony for her? Just to show that once you've loved a Patterson, you can never go back? Oh, the mind, it boggles.