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  1. I would agree with Andréa, but that patient doesn’t look like he’s willing (or able) to provide any “therapy”. In some ways, this is even more revolting than a joke about Hollywood “casting couches“, and could have been tagged as an “Ewww”.

  2. Like the recent entery, also titled “Couch” ( https://godaddyandthesquirrelmustbothdie.wordpress.com/2020/08/04/couch-2/ ), this is about two men having sex on a couch. However, the previous comic was a consensual relationship. In this one, as Kilby mentioned, involves an abuse of trust and power, which is why the patient (and we know he’s the patient, because we’ve all seen cartoon psychiatrists before) looks so uncomfortable. He was vulnerable and the the doctor took advantage of him. Very dark. Very dark indeed.

  3. I’m with Andréa. The world is so threatening today that even the therapist can’t cope. That’s why he’s almost closed the blind.

    If the patient looks uncomfortable, most likely it’s because he realizes he’s not going to get any real help with his problems today.

    To paraphrase the infamous aphorism that Freud probably never said, sometimes a therapist’s couch is just a therapist’s couch.

  4. I saw it more like Andrea. The patient has unloaded all of his worries on the therapist, most likely involving concerns brought on by this environment of covid and every other terrible thing that has happened so far in 2020. After listening to him and taking notes (see abandoned clipboard and pen), the therapist realises he has no answers to these issues, is actually in the same boat as the patient and could use a lie-down and some therapy himself.

  5. The patient has said something triggering that has affected the therapist deeply – perhaps reminded him of some childhood abuse trauma or parental abandonment issue he had long buried. Although the therapist is wearing glasses so one can’t be sure, but I think the therapist is currently meant to be in an even worse state than his patient.

  6. Looking at the comic using a desktop browser (with enhanced resolution) seems to confirm narmitaj’s interpretation of the expressions in the eyes: the therapist is just as blown away as the patient, and did not have (and probably is not capable of) any untoward intentions. This was not entirely clear with my limited (mobile) resolution @2.

  7. Because I’ve been in therapy for 30+ years, I know that therapists themselves go thru therapy, so that was my first and automatic (and last) thought.

  8. I think Andrea has it.

    But it just isn’t funny or done in any humorous way.

    There’s not preamble or exposition. It’s about as funny as a single panel uncaptioned cartoon of a business man read the newspaper horoscope. (Because business decisions are supposed to be rational and well thought out– ha, ha—)

  9. As Lucy the Five-Cent Shrink never said: “Move over, Charlie Brown!”
    Would’ve made a great title, though.

  10. There are a lot of lead-ups to this panel that work. What doesn’t work is this panel WITHOUT any of those lead-ups.

  11. I like it, and think it works. I like the way the pen and note clipboard are tossed on the floor as though the therapist was spooked by a sudden attack from his id and dropped everything, instead of them being placed carefully on the chest of drawers.

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