You know, maybe I'm innocent or something, but if I confide in someone, as Bonnie did in Mary, I sure would not like it spread all over the place by Mary as good gossip. Mary has NO discretion...Also, for a "boyfriend", Jeff doesn't seem to occupy much time in Mary's life, if she hasn't seen or talked to him in at least a week...Kinda like the other guy who Mary used to punish with the long-time silent treatment when she was mad at him. He probably never even noticed she was mad at him if their relationship was so distant.Oh, and Wanders, if/when you return to Chicago in the spring, summer, or fall, please look into taking the Chicago Architectual Foundation's "City Boat Tour". It's an hour and a half boat tour, leaving from the docks on the northeast corner of Michigan and Wacker Drive, and is just about the best thing you can do when visiting Chicago. The docents are great and our architecture the world's best.
Is the B?B?J? story over? Has it been three months already?
Jeff seems to have a secure place in Mary's life, considering she has his picture next to a bouquet of 11 carnations. Although, if Ernie Johnson returns to gather up his clothes, and seeks solace from Mary, ......I hope the Bum Boat has managed to stay, uh, afloat without Jeff & Mary's patronage for a week.
OMG, what a witch she is. Fully exposed at last.
Bonnie's story can't be over! If it is, then psychiatrists all over the world need to start using the Mary Worth Method, to cure OCD/Hoarding Disorder in one week or less. Ooh, wait...maybe Mary & Jeff will run into Bonnie & Ernie at the Bum Boat, where they're meeting up for a reconciliation dinner- and they'll end up in a huge fight, when Bonnie starts hoarding all the sugar packets into her purse!
Panel two. Mary's expression can only be described as maniacal. Heretofore, I thought that she was just a meddling busybody. Now I see her for what she is...the devil incarnate.
What up?!? Is that the way Bonnie?'s story ends? No-o-o-o-o-o-o-o! I count on the slow, deadly-dull pace of MW to make it seem as if my own life is moving more slowly. It's the only way I can get all my work done ...
Um, that was abrupt.I note that Mary is holding what is clearly a cordless phone, but apparently hasn't completely embraced the concept, and is unwilling to step further away from the charger/base than a cord would allow.
I think Jeff is going to confess to his own recently developed hoarding issue--although heaven knows what he might obsess over. Bonnie will happen by, tell Jeff all about how Mary helped her out, Jeff will kind of waver, and Mary will swoop in for the kill. The real storyline is Jeff, with Bonnie Johnson as the setup. We will marvel at how quickly and effectively Mary managed the Bonnie Johnson affair. Then we will be thunderstruck as Jeff, hoping to finally assert his manhood and independence, initially puts up a brave and gallant defense against Mary. She who must not be denied, however, will win out in the end by hypnotizing Jeff by swinging a salmon square from a gold chain and inducing him to envision his man cabin redone with nice frilly curtains and doilies.That's how we'll get to three months on this storyline.--wheelheadgrachai
I am SO GLAD to know that Mary will soon be meeting Jeff at the Bum Boat! When was the last time we were there? AGES ago. With the exception of a fishing hole and the mall, we've been cooped up in one Charterstone apartment after another since Thanksgiving! It's been a long winter. And if Mary does return with Bonnie to the Santa Royal Shopping Center, the visit would most definitely not involve shopping or a glamorous lunch. So, as far as I'm concerned, a little change in scenery is a welcome relief.
Bonnie's story can't be over, she hasn't fully overcome her addiction nor has she reunited with Ernie. It's just time for a respite so that Mary can update the ongoing story with Jeff, who'll listen with rapt attention as they dine on Shrimp Scampi at their favorite restaurant.
Oh nooooo, this CANNOT be over! We were deliciously right on the verge of discovering Bonnie?s other "bad habits"! And we don't know if Ernie ever came home from the broth...er's. And we don't know if Bonnie ate that whole pie by herself! And last but not least-- we still don't know what Bonnie? is wearing to her cousin's wedding! (I was HOPING to see her in those kicky go-go boots!)
I, for one, am glad the B?BJ? story is wrapping up. B?BJ?'s shape-shifting was creepy...she's fat, she's thin, she's a man in drag...it was all just too much.
Brick, don't forget we also visited Helen(hic)Clark's garish condo in Florida.I am so ready for the Bum Boat. Waiter McSnooty needs the tips!
Wait. *blink* That's it? I'm a hoarder/You're a good person/I am a good person?The good news is that these stories might be wrapping up faster. The bad news is that now Moy has room for double the banal storylines!Next plot: earaches!
Oh dear -- I've been away for a week. Read Mary but missed all the comments on here. Vicki - your post reminds me of a recent Time Magazine article about the finale of "Lost" and so many unanswered questions that will remain. You are so right that this story line's ending has the potential to be very unsatisfying! And as a "Lost" viewer, also, I am feeling double whammied this week. I may need Mary's help to get over this!
When I first looked at the strip this morning, I thought Jeff & Mary were having a séance.
The cupcake fad finally hits nSanta Royale--in a big way.
"Can I bring an illuminated cupcake for the table?"What's on the Bum Boat Wine List?Bob MondoviSputter HomeAnglenarkEcho Domino
Looking at it from this perspective, I really can't blame Mary for her intrusive meddling or her tendency to gossip about it. Every month or so, she meets with her boyfriend, the doctor, the philanthropist, the man who nearly died for Peace Village, to catch up on the latest goings-on. Jeff might share with her his joy in being able to save the life of a small child or in having diagnosed some deadly condition for a patient while still early enough to be treated. I'm not suggesting that Jeff is a braggart. In fact, he seems genuinely interested in Mary's relatively trivial vocation. It's just that Mary might find it difficult to compete with Jeff... heck she might find it difficult to compete with a Bum Boat centerpiece without greatly exaggerating her most recent contribution to the world.
In the absence of a story with any, ANY redeeming qualities, I was enjoying "Wordless Worth", where all I would do is quickly look to see if Mary was, yet again, choking the living daylights (a euphemism of course) out of poor, hapless Bonnie?Bonnie Johnson?No words were necessary, as they have been repeated almost every day since the Sombrero shadow disappeared, and Mary crowbarred her way into B?BJ?'s home.
I see the Bum Boat is still having problems with radioactivity. I don't care HOW good the shrimp scampi is, as a doctor, Jeff should recognize the dangers of over exposure. I hardly think the scampi and a side of hush puppies is worth the equivalent of 75 chest x-rays!However, while they are there, I do hope they're admiring the new menu covers!
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