Monday, July 14, 2008

Mary Worth 257


Well, this sure was a wonderful story. Jeff dared to suggest that Mary was paying too much attention to the man whose mother died while he was out beating up his brother in the hospital parking lot. Mary threw Jeff out of her condo for daring to tell her how to run her life. Then she waited school-girl-giddy by the phone for her new boyfriend to call. The new guy takes her out to dinner at the most romantic restaurant in Santa Royale, political power dripping off his Botox tight complexion. When the paparazzi plaster their romantic interlude on the front page of the News, Jeff's feelings are hurt and he dares to say so to Mary. Mary feigns ignorance, claiming her raging desire for this new man is nothing more than friendship, and Jeff storms out of Mary's condo, this time on his own volition.

It's not a bad start, but here's where the typical Mary Worth plot pattern occurs: Ron Amalfi breaks two dates in a row with Mary. Mary cheerfully suggests that because of his busy life, they perhaps shouldn't get too involved with one another and "leave it at that." They thank each other for being so great, and then Mary Worth cooks something. She decides to give Jeff a call, and now he's coming over for some scampi and comfortably boring conversation. Maybe tomorrow they'll even go sailing together.

Yes, the story went from pretty good to absolutely amazing!

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10 comments:

shandyowl said...

Wouldn't it be more prudent for Mary to go over to Jeff's apartment? Who's going to prop up the wall if he goes to Mary's?

Eats Shoots And Leaves said...

This may be one of the all-time great panels in MW because the artist gets it just right. Mary has just finished a plot line wherein she treated her boyfriend like dirt and then he came crawling back. The insufferably smug look on that old bat's face is PERFECT.

Steven said...

Wanders, that panel has to be incorporated into the "Mary Worth & Me" title picture! Perhaps it's time to move on after Aldo's death?

spike said...

I second steven's comment, Wanders!

wanders said...

I agree. I'd really prefer it on a T-shirt though. However, I lack any graphic art skills. If someone were to design a new logo for the blog, using this panel, I'd be thrilled. I'd even let them pick a new song for the Charterstone jukebox.

Anonymous said...

Her relationship with Ron going flat, Mary swaps him out for Jeff.

Dr. Jeff Corey: Spare tire of relationships.

Anonymous said...

My Worthi-sense is tingling. Does anyone else feel ... a wedding proposal in the near future?

Duh duh dunnnnnnn..!

Ethel Mertz said...

A delicious chill ran down my spine after getting a load of Mary's expression in the last panel. I didn't see smug, I saw lip-licking evil! Perhaps Mary will coax the cops, when they come looking for possible suspects in Jeff's disappearance, to stay to dinner for a very "special" scampi from her own "secret" recipe! Mmmmm--Hitchcock!

Anonymous said...

After this whole Ron/Richie, Donna Amalfi storyline, I can't help but think that Karen Moy's favorite tv show must have been Happy Days. think about it.

wanders said...

Anon, you might want to check out this post on the Happy Days angle. :-)