Thursday, September 11, 2008

Mary Worth 311

Recreating the Big Bang in the Large Hadron Collider is one way to end the world. However, for anyone who doubts the signs of the times, Mary Worth just referred Toby to someone else for help! Stock up on duct tape and water bottles, before it's too late.

But it's still not too late for you to become a citizen of Santa Royale!

Today's Full Strip

15 comments:

pandagrandma said...

Wanders: I know! For Mary to refer Toby to a third party was truly shocking!

There should be a narration box in the bottom corner of Panel 2 that says "After Mary refers Toby to a third party for help, readers of Mary Worth continue to reel in shock."

Did you all notice the time on the clock in Panel 1? Has all this occurred before 10:10 a.m.??? Or is it 10:10 p.m. now? If so, it's waaaaay past Mary's bedtime! I hope she's drinking decaf.

Wanders said...

Yes, this is Day 2 of Ian's business trip. He should be home from Chicago anytime now.

pandagrandma said...

Sorry! I thought Toby still had the same outfit on -- she doesn't.

maconmemad said...

EXCITING!

viscosity said...

it's an easy mistake to make Pandagrandma as Toby has an infinite number of lavender outfits, in much the same way that Mary has Salmon outfits and Jeff and Iain all shop at electric blue suit store. Clearly in Santa Royale (a cunning combination of church and state in one name) there are few shops. Hence of course Toby having to buy Sean Finnery's dvd online. I'm now hoping to have 3 weeks of installing Norton protection.

spike said...

wanders: It's the end of the world as we know it, I guess.

pandagrandma: My guess is that it's still morning--looks like it's bright outside in Panel II.

viscosity: Please keep the secret of the Santa Royale Theocractic Society under your hat--no one will take up wanders' offer of citizenship/serfdom if the cat is out of the bag! Never mind--one can't unring a bell...

Any guesses as to how long the Toby/Terry chat/inquisition will last? And will it take place before or after Ian returns?

[Note to Toonhead: Maybe think about getting that count started again for "Days of Missing Mary" once the hapless Mme. Cameron meets up with Ms. Bryson.]

All of you may continue to reel in shock to your heart's content over the fact that Mary is referring out advice. I shall csárdás.

johnny said...

The clock on the wall says 10:10 because Mary has yet to buy a battery for it.

Perhaps she should use
Tobys computer and click on Enormoushop.com to buy a pack of double A's. I am sure Tobys credit card number is still saved in the cache.

pandagrandma said...

I'm just so confused as to what day it is!!

Nathan said...

Call me suspicious, but if this so-called "Terry Bryson" from the "third floor" doesn't turn out to be Mary in disguise, then I'll be very, very surprised. In fact, I'd be willing to bet that Mary's paperwork earlier in this storyline was in fact that necessary for her to rent another apartment on the third floor out of which to run her additional meddling business as Terry Bryson.

Now why Mary would do such a thing is anyone's business...but the possibilities are certainly exciting. I can't wait to see what happens next!

Miss Emish said...

MARY! You cannot just come waltzing back only to DELEGATE your duties. Shameful. I'll be over here, reeling.

boojum said...

I was going to ask why -- instead of calling -- Toby couldn't just, you know, walk up to the third floor. It's not like some mystical realm far, far away. Though, to be fair, Toby might well get lost.

But now I'm intrigued by nathan's theory that "Terry Bryson" is really Mary in disguise. (And let's face it -- all she would have to do is wear a pantsuit in some other color than salmon. Who would guess?)

I'm going with nathan here. And I'm betting that the fun for Mary is offering conflicting platitudes. "Terry" will stress to Toby, "Whatever you do, don't tell Ian the truth! He'll leave you!" (Perhaps she could quote the philosopher Jack jones and his song "Hey, Little Girl.") Since Toby has no cognitive skills of her own, what will she do?

Mary, and I, can't wait to find out.

maconmemad said...

boojum! NOOoooo not the stairs! Can you imagine how many days worth of strips it would take Toby to take the stairway up to the third floor. I'm all for the comic value of this moronic pace but for pete's sake I think that might drive me over the edge! AYeEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

spike said...

boojum: In addition to the different-colored pantsuit, "Terry" will also sport those nifty Clark-Kent-heavy-framed glasses. Toby "Mush-for-Brains" Cameron will be totally fooled.

maconmemad:Problem with the stairs, huh? I look forward to Mme. Cameron once again channelling all those long-gone silent film actresses as she makes a teary-eyed ascent, taking long strides, throwing out her arms, etc. as she prepares to meet Terry/Mary. A sure tour-de-force on Karen Moy's part!

Scurrilous Remarks said...

Let's not all panic. It's clear that Mary's been training (in the style of a Sith Lord) a vast network of butt-in-skis to meddle in the affairs of others 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at the drop of a hat.

Despite her mastery of the Dark Arts of Interloping, Mary cannot be everywhere at once. Always prepared, Mary thus delegates minor meddling duties to her followers.

Rest assured, Mary's fine: just the act of referring Toby to a subordinate meddling specialist is an act of meddling!

Whether or not we'd be better off with the world ending, instead of the impending twelve-week 'computer repair' storyline, remains to be seen.

terrie said...

It certainly does seem odd for Mary to refer Toby to another person.....Mary has demonstrated jealousy prior to this, when Ella Byrd began giving advice within Mary's own apartment complex...Mary was shocked, appalled, and very, very jealous....why, she even scowled when she thought of Ella, who, after all, was only trying to help.