Oh Chin Napkin! How we have missed you!You are so timely to return and help Mary, so she doesn't spill out all of the venom that she has stored up for Jill.Bravo, C.N.!
Mmmmm, delicious napkin. Om nom nom!
In the second panel, Jill appears to be wearing several food or beverage stains on her dress while touching something on the table in front of Dr. Adrian Corey at the same time. Could this be Dr. Adrian's napkin? If so, it looks hardly used. Is Dr. Drew Corey, her brother, still in Viet Nam? And Dawn, the jilted girlfriend, where is she these days? So much to keep up with, especially with the Succotash Festival coming up.
I would really, really, REALLY like to know how comic strips of the Worthian kind are created. Comparing panels 1 and 2, my guess is that two people--who are definitely not in the same room or speak with one another--have created these panels independently of one another with only the barest minimum of instructions, such as, "Make sure Jill is tall, blond, sneering and wears something purple, while Adrian is dressed in a childish red blouse and looks dopey. The setting is a restaurant, but don't worry about the background. Go nuts! Pink curtains, stone arch time portals, people apparating and disapparating - whatever!" Special instructions to both artists for 10/28: Insert Mary Worth profile in bottom right corner (panel 1, profile #7 with chin napkin; panel 2, profile #13 without chin napkin). How else to explain the consistency in Mary's appearance?
There has been a lot of criticism over the years about the art work in this strip, most of it deserved. There were a few glimpses of genius when Scott Hewlett was attacked by the drug mafia, but this is about it. If you want to see a strip with great art work, but with a goofy, but very intellectual and somewhat disconnected text, read Zippy the Pinhead by Bill Griffith. The artwork is just outstanding, especially the Dingburg work. You may have to go back a week or two to catch on.
Jill is like the Anti-Mary. It's like as their unhappiness increased hers decreased. She was positively glowing, when she left them for her other appointment- which was probably to meet with some friends that are considering adopting a baby, so she could tell them that the kid was homely, unintelligent, and would probably grow up to be a serial killer- but it was really noble of them to consider adopting down!
Jill has an appointment with her medical/nursing staff to inform them that the life-support equipment is running up the hospital's electric bill.All plugs will be pulled immediately.
@ Maude - and Jill shows no tolerance for the traditional nursery, preferring something like this:http://www.flickr.com/photos/29967346@N02/5078584909/in/pool-46571999@N00/
I love how glowing and happy Jill is in today's strip, particularly the second. Adrian seems pleased that Jill is leaving, and Mary, though steamed beyond belief, is still maintaining a polite facade to help speed Jill's departure.Now it's time to talk about Jill behind her back! Be careful of Chin Napkin, he'll eavesdrop and tell Jill everything!
Jill has to toodle off to another appointment...doesn't anyone at Mountview actually work there?Who was stuck with the lunch bill?I think that Moy has seen a few episodes of SEX IN THE CITY and is trying to recreate the cattiness ant insulting humor from the program in her strip. It's not working.
I can see the change evolving in one of three ways:1) The obvious throw-down between Mary and Jill2) Segue to Mary and Toby drinking coffee, talking about Jill behind her back3) Mary taking Jill to Doctor Mike's office (a.k.a. Mary's office), putting her on the couch, and having her unburden herslef of all her childhood trauma. I can see it now: "Love is not for me."
Mary's blood pressure has elevated to the point of a severe bloody nose as evidenced by chin napkin doing double duty.
It's pretty obvious that Jill, for some reason, is envious of Adrian's happiness and is intent on bringing her down to her own level of misery. She has not shown a bit of remorse at the hurtful things she has said and in fact seems pleased with herself, as she departs. This will be an easy meddle for Mary.
If Chin Napkin could talk, it would say, "DOES either of you want dessert", you boor.
Since Jill is asking them if they "want dessert" before springing off to her next appointment-- I'm guessing SHE is footing the bill today? THAT would explain why Mary is mum! She NEVER turns down free food. If she said something about the insults she knows she'd risk being bumped off the gravy train.
That is one ugly she-man.
Mary's lying. She wants lemon meringue pie.
Jill the joykiller has made Mary so mad that she (Mary) is stuffing chin napkin up her nose!?
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