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  1. Maybe he knows that the prospect of sex is the only thing that will distract her from his health. He’s hitting on her so he can get some peace and get a piece.

  2. “Playing doctor” covers a lot of ground, and it fits well within the known history of the characters both ways.

  3. She’s delightedly telling him how much she enjoyed playing doctor as a child. That just feels way off.

    As does his comment if he’s using the phrase in a non-medical way.

  4. Arlo seems to know what it means; he’s being sarcastic. Janis seems not to know, or at least has forgotten in her enthusiasm remembering how she enjoyed playing it in a literal and naive way, as she is doing now with Arlo.

  5. “She’s delightedly telling him how much she enjoyed playing doctor as a child. ”

    You’re inserting the “as a child” part on your own.

  6. I never played doctor, but as I understand it, it is both a medical and non-medical game, isn’t it? I mean, you examine the patient all over, so as not to miss any potential medical problems. “All over” is the fun part.

  7. “the past tense strongly suggests that.”

    to you. If she enjoyed “playing doctor” as a college freshman, that would be past tense, too, would it not?

  8. @ JP – The past tense suggests childhood to everyone, with the possible exception of professional nitpicks. College freshman do not need to disguise their sexual expeimentation with childhood games.

  9. This one seemed clear enough to me.

    When Arlo says “I bet you loved ‘playing doctor'”, the implied context is “… in that you loved trying to ‘diagnose’ medical issues and ask ‘patients’ questions”. And she agrees.

    Kids /do/ actually play “doctor”, and it doesn’t always involve genitals. But even when it does, it’s not “playing doctor” unless there’s an element of medical roleplay involved.

  10. “The past tense suggests childhood to everyone”

    Well, since you’ve been delegated to speak for everyone…

  11. Agree with Powers — my siblings and I “played doctor” growing up, and there was nothing more than just pretending, using our doctor’s kit on each other, fully clothed. That’s actually what I thought of when I read that A&J. Innocent, maybe, but it’s funny if that’s how you read it.

  12. “Well, since you’ve been delegated to speak for everyone…”

    It’s his ball, and we play by his rules.

  13. I second what Bookworm said. I will add that we were not allowed to use the candy pills that came with the toy doctor kit – “You don’t know how long those candies were in the box or where it has been!”

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