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  1. It’s making fun at a recent commercial (or making fun at the reaction to the commercial, not sure which). In the commercial, a man buys his wife a bike, and she loves it. But the commercial was widely mocked as sexist, so Lucretia feels funny about actually loving the bike.

  2. WW is faster than I am, but I’m going to post what I had written, anyway:

    There was an ad about a man giving one to his wife. People’s comments suggested that it was a *really* bad choice of present. I think the gist was that you don’t want to suggest to your wife that she needs to exercise.

    I think the humor here reflects that. She resents the implication, even though she actually wants the bike. The last panel shows that he resents being blamed for giving her something she wants, but knows there’s nothing he can do about it.

  3. Barney is offering the bike, which Lucretia wants, in exchange for unmentionable acts. She gave in, but is upset that he would exploit her in that way, so is making him sleep on the couch.

    On an general note, I firmly believe in not giving your spouse things that are “work” as a gift. It could be appliances, it could be power tools, it could be exercise equipment. A gift should spark joy in the recipient, not a sense of obligation to do work. The exception is that if the recipient has asked for such a thing, it’s different. A couple of years ago, Mrs. SingaporeBill got a food dehydrator for Xmas. A nice one and accessories. I would not have got her such thing if she had not repeatedly expressed a desire for it.

  4. Singapore Bill: I once asked my wife for a vacuum cleaner as a Christmas present, but she refused to by it, saying that she would feel like a jerk giving that as a present.

  5. I understood what you meant buy that. 🙂

    I had a girl I was seeing at one time who believed that gifts should always be something useful. I was a student at the time, so she gave me stationery and such. Now, I do love stationery, I was disappointed. I believe that a gift should be something that the recipient would want but, ideally, something they would not get themselves. Coming from modest means, there were lots of times that fun stuff and “toys” just couldn’t be justified when there were real bills to take care of. So, getting a gift that was something I had wished for but denied myself out of responsibility. Fortunately, things are a bit different now, where most modest indulgences are within out grasp, but it used to be that getting a gift was my only chance to get something indulgent. All that said, she should have got you the vacuum.

  6. First time I saw the commercial I thought I misunderstood it or missed something. But no – I had the same reaction as most people that it was a terribly insulting gift to give her “you are too fat for me – lose weight” sort of thing. Now if there had been info such as “Wow – you remembered I wanted one I could not imagine that you would get it for me!” I might think differently about it.

    But I am odd about gifts and when I pointed this out to Robert when we saw the commercial together he did not see anything wrong with it.

    I grew up in a family where gifts were considered a token not something huge to get. Part of this may be Chanukah as opposed to Christmas – we got a small gift each day for 7 days and one larger one – I remember the larger ones being the 25 cent coloring book or paper dolls instead of the 10 cent ones when I was little. Husband received – based on his parent’s basement much large gifts, including one year a large pool table – convenient for his mom and sister to stack the rejected gifts from us on. It has taken me decades to convince him that I am not playing games as everyone says women do, when I say not to buy me anything – I mean it. I don’t need more stuff and gifts are disappointing.

  7. Gifts should really not have to be functional or practical. I had a girlfriend who once told me to get her something expensive and that she didn’t really need. I got her chemotherapy.

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