Sunday, January 4, 2009

Mary Worth 405

Today's Strip has that Les Miserables feel to it. Very dramatic. Mary is so obsessed she forgets to take her hair out of its stealthy bun before brushing it.

Frank drinking cup after cup of milk of magnesia as his perma-rage begins to take its physical toll...

And Lynn, finally able to look at a picture of Dead Greg without screaming and fainting.

In honor of today's inner-monologue montage (and my old employer - American Musical Theatre of San Jose, which sadly declared Chapter 7 last month after 75 years of service to the community), I've added "One Day More" from Les Miserables to the Charterstone Jukebox. It's about time we added a good ol' fashioned show tune.

Today's Full Strip

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Since when does Mary have a reflection?

Oh, and this one's steamrollin' towards tragedy, toot sweet. I see Lynn on the water tower, sobbing as she climbs over the rail, within the week. With Frank castigating her on her bad form from the pavement.

Anonymous said...

So in Moy's words Mary wants Frank to "pull back" or "scale back" his coaching. Maybe she means he should pull back from or scale back on his abuse of Lynn while coaching? As always, the English language poses quite a challenge to Miss Moy. But God love her, she keeps trying.

Anonymous said...

Frank has either changed his shirt (perhaps the blue one was sweat-stained after the confrontation with Mary Worth) or he wears belted two-color pajamas. Should Lynn, in her despair, set fire to the house, he'll at least look presentable outside on the sidewalk, when placid Lake Tranquil's newsteam shows up to interview the touted coach.

Amber said...

I still don't really get Mary's hair. People keep saying it's a bun, but you never actually see the bun part - it looks more like a standard old-lady pompadour. Except with maybe an '80s rat tail, as shown in panel 3?

I would love to see someone re-create this style on a non-cartoon person.

ethel mertz said...

It seems that senile Mary's mind drifts back and forth as to whether she's on the phone or actually brushing her hair. But I think Moy does leave a clue: is that a terrified porcupine Mary has pulled from her mysterious hairdo?

Anonymous said...

Mary should take the hint and stay at Lake Tranquil's Motel 6, cause Frank is gonna come into her room in the middle of the night and smother her.

Miss Emish said...

THERE IS NOT A BUN. Amber knows! I don't know why ya'll think there is a bun. It's like trying to prove aliens don't exist. Plenty of old ladies have short hair. In fact, most ladies in my granny's nursing home sport some sort of short, curled 'do. I've been scouring the interwebs for real-life examples. Here is a front: http://www.bluespan.com/elderly_woman.jpg
here is a side:
http://www.elistons.com/grandma.jpg

BaHa said...

How many weeks has it been since the short program? Has Lynn gotten her marks?

Amber said...

Thank you, Miss Emish.

As I look at those pictures and compare them to Mary's stiff and perfectly dipped coif, however, I'm convinced that only one "real life" person has been able to duplicate it:

Wesley Crusher.

http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/stexpanded/images/c/c0/Wesley_Crusher_2368.jpg

caroline said...

Ladies ... I beg to differ. Mary's coif is a classic french twist, as seen here:

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art1427.asp

and here

http://www.kjcraftworks.com/Hairsticks/styles1.shtml

and here

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/23/34026717_c88380d38d.jpg?v=0

It's a style for putting up long hair that seems to disappear round the back of the head.

Miss Emish said...

I'm willing to accept the french twist theory as a counter-possibility. But there.is.no.bun.

Anonymous said...

To put it in terms that Mary Worth fans will understand, a bun is what Spiderman's Aunt Mae wears. Subject closed.