This is why knowing what will happen tends to hamper my ability to describe the strip as an on-going thing. I too have knowledge I didn't twenty-nine years ago. All I had to go on then was the Gordon we'd seen beforehand and also, the Gordon's dad who was a sports dad too stupid to not take a pee-wee hockey game too seriously:
so, like the Pattersons, was probably wondering if maybe Gordon was overselling how angry his folks would be. After all, there can't be more than one volatile nitwit in the strip, right? People who get smacked around don't act like Gordon does, do they? It's like thinking that Candace dresses to excess because she has a hard home life or that Mike wants to dress like Boy George because nuclear bombs have made him turn his back on happiness and love. It don't make no sense just because Lynn says it does.