I intended to wrap this sequence up very neatly over the weekend, but that didn’t happen. Instead, we’ll begin the week with old business. I think the purpose of this series of cartoons wasn’t so much to introduce a potential romantic interest for Gene as it was to explore those often abrupt moments when parents realize their children are no longer children. One of those moments, for many fathers, is when their son brings home a “woman.” You know what I mean. Now you’ve got me analyzing my work. I once swore I’d never do that.