Week two already! Let’s delve deeper into the relationship between Shinny and her boyfriend, an enthusiastic young man who is blissfully unaware of certain hockey protocol. For example: there are certain gifts that should not be given to fans of teams who have not won the Cup.
It’s the fan version of the player superstition: one does not touch the Cup until one wins the Cup.
I’m not into superstition personally, but man oh man Rachel is. And so is Shinny, our titular mohawked hero. But more on that later. For now, we have to deal with the inchoate conflict between Shinny’s dad and her boyfriend. The PuckBuddys say the boyfriend is cute, and that cracks me up.
PANEL 1: BF holds the gift box out to Shinny.
BF: As your boyfriend, I have learned that I am sometimes supposed to buy you things.
This is one of those things.
SHINNY: Tell me you didn’t…
PANEL 2: She is aghast; BF is beaming with pride.
BF: …It’s an inflatable Stanley Cup!
We can put it in your bedroom, and you can keep your jewelry in it.
PANEL 3: Shinny is furious.
PANEL 4: BF is confused. Dad is stern.
BF: I did something wrong, right?
PANEL 5: Dad leans in on BF.
DAD: Until the Caps win the real thing, this abomination is like a black cat stapled to an albatross glued to a broken mirror. She won’t touch it.
Now what’s this about you in my daughter’s bedroom?