Frank is telling Ernest why his relationship with girlfriend Ernestine is in trouble. The dialog goes like this:
Frank: You criticize everything she says.This is kind of humorous and witty, and it's also close to identical to how abusive boyfriends and husbands begin to justify their violence.
Ernest: That just shows I'm a good listener.
Frank: And you constantly tell her what a poor dresser she is.
Ernest: That just shows how comfortable I am sharing my feelings.
Frank: You spend 6 nights a week out with the guys.
Ernest: I'm in tune with giving her lots of space.
Frank: She says you show no sign of changing.
Ernest: That just shows how stable I am.
Frank: Ernie, do you realize your relationship has a serious problem?
Ernest: I sure do! Ernestine doesn't appreciate me!
So I'm taking this strip on a test-drive. I will begin using it in my self-defense classes to open a discussion about domestic violence, and see how it flies. And, sometime in the future, will report back in this blog about how it went.