Monday, February 28, 2011

Mary Worth 969

Iris seems to have attempted an abrupt exit from the booth, but Wilbur's drawn out blabbering has forced her to stick around. "How did that go?" she asks retaking her seat, resigned to her fate.

Iris hasn't been in the strip since before I started blogging, but I'm pretty sure she used to look a lot older. Does anyone remember her last name?

Today's Full Strip

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

I returned from a 7 night cruise last weekend. I can't believe how much has happened while I was gone.

fat bobby bobbington said...

I don't know what Wilbur is eating but a bigger blob landed on Iris's head.

Taryn said...

What happened to Wilbur's wife? I've only been reading for a couple of years at the most and don't recall them mentioning her.

kathyo said...

Is this yet another storyline-within-a-storyline? It has to be nearly 5 years since the character Iris Beedie has appeared or even been referenced in MW. I did a Google search and learned only that she was Wilbur's love interest, and that she has a son who was a drug dealer.

You'd think it would be a huge bombshell that her character is reintroduced, but here she just turns up all casual-like, having an informal lunch with Wilbur. What next???

Anonymous said...

Lunch with my estranged husband listening to him blab on and on about the girl he's interested in...yeah, that's just how I want to spend my time.

Imogene said...

Iris used to be gray-haired and kind of short and dumpy, if I remember correctly. Also, Wilbur has had his nose done since his last attempt to get Dawn to go out with him.

Is Mr. Giella still "with us"?

Vicki said...

Iris Beedie's son was "Tommy" and he went to jail for selling drugs ("p-p-poisin") out of a brown paper bag. Iris was just beside herself with worry! Two things I esp. remember about that storyline:

1) Tommy sat on his mom's sofa, and his marijuana smoke wafted up into the ceiling air vents and into Mary's apartment above. And,

2) when Tommy went to prison, Giella drew him mopping floors and there were THREE guards standing there watching him! It was hysterical. Surely he and Ted Confey are cellmates somewhere in that Big House. *shudder*

Chester the Dog said...

Iris went to New York to care for some old relative who fell down the stairs. I see, that while Iris was in the Big Apple, she had her hair done, along with a few other things. I hope she had time to catch a few Broadway shows and eat at Sardis, while she was there.

Vera Shields said...

I took on a second job down at the diner. Hey, times are hard!

Anonymous said...

Just had a look at Tuesday's strip. Since every time we've seen WIlbur he's been cramming more food down his piehole, Tuesday is no disappointment as it features Wilbur attacking an enormous hamburger, AND the return of Chin Napkin! Oh Chin Napkin, I fear that even YOU cannot save us, from this fate of Extreme Tedium.

djangosmom said...

CHIN NAPKIN IS BACK!

Shmoopie said...

Not only is chin napkin back (hurray!), but today's strip also features some of my favorite words: "Let me tell you something." Lean back and let the boredom wash over you. It is futile to resist!

Anonymous said...

I think Iris is Tommy's mother. I can't remember his last name, but that would help

Chester the Dog said...

"Let me tell you something, Wilbur...I've been secretly seeing someone, a 286 laptop."

Steve_J_23 said...

As has been said: Chin Napkin AND a story! Ohhh, it just doesn't get much better than this. Just one thing is missing: an INTERVENTION!

And I can smell one coming in the breeze, as Dawn's internet addiction is attracting an intervention. Let's hope she doesn't drive off a cliff while drinking whisky out of the bottle...

Syndi said...

I wonder if Iris and Iris from Apartment 3-G are one in the same -- they both have the same hair now.

trixietrudy said...

I agree with kathyo--what's with Wilbur's casual lunch with Iris? She has not been in MW since I've been reading, so I don't know anything about her. I was frantically Googling all the previous week's strips to see if I had missed something. So, if she is Wilbur's estranged wife or lover or whatever, is she Dawn's mother? Is this an emergency meeting of the parents on how to handle the wayward daughter?

I bet the sheet of paper with the "missing link" episode on it is lying crumpled up at the bottom of Moy's wastebasket.

Vicki said...

@trixietrudy -- Wilbur is divorced but we know nothing else about her, except that Dawn is their daughter.
Iris came into Wilbur's life during the storyline about her drug-selling son, Tommy, who didn't get along with his dad and who eventually went to prison to mop floors.

MW rented Iris that one short-term Charterstone apt. where transient characters come and go, such as Ella Byrd, Vera Shields, etc...

well....Wilbur and Iris hit it off and began "dating" (read: attend pool parties together, lol!) until Iris' elderly relative needed her assistance. and someone said she's not been seen in MW since 2007!??

This is sooo exciting -- Iris is back, chin napkin is back and "let me tell you something" is back!!!

Dave in Parma said...

I want one of those pot pies Wilbur is angrily attacking in frame 1 Tuesday so that my hands can grow larger than my head.

Maybe Wilbur is "the Thing"?!

Elaine said...

And Wilbur didn't even bother asking for a plate! He knew his inhalation technique for eating didn't require such items. This only gets better and better...

heydave said...

Chin Napkin and the Pointy Finger of Eternal Truth!

The sun is out again!!1! More food for Wilbur!

Shmoopie said...

Ok, I swear I have a job and I don't really have that much time for MW&Me, but this Iris person and her reputed jail-mopping son had me sufficiently intrigued to to a little online search. Oh, my God! I think I'm addicted!!! Be that as it may (as any good addict would say), check out Iris's son in an early post from the Comics Curmudgeon: http://joshreads.com/?m=200408. You have to scroll all the way down for the relevant entry. Make sure you're not taking a sip from a nice beverage, as you may involuntarily spew it onto your computer screen - as the term "inhalation technique" nearly made me do. Thanks, Elaine :-)

Punky said...

I'm afraid I'm never speaking to Shmoopie again. I will never, and I mean never, be able to erase the image of that She-Male from my brain. Shmoopie, I know you warned us, but I'm not quite sure that warning was strong enough. Still shuddering.

Elaine said...

Oh Shmoopie, I don't know whether to thank you or run off and be sick! That whole sordid Iris story is coming back, and it's not pretty. ;-)

There seems to be an direct relationship between 'boring storyline' and 'time spent researching the WV' - I swear I'm going to get fired if I spend any more time looking into this story.

kathyo said...

"Let me tell you something..." will include a reference to Iris' son, Tommy, who--five years later--has left prison and joined the Santa Royale drug cartel. Didn't we see him at the shootout?

trixietrudy said...

@vicki: thanks for the update! And even after four years away, Iris remembers that chin napkin drives Wilbur wild. Good guess?

@shmoopie: thanks for the warning. I was drinking some nice hot Earl Grey, but I made sure to swallow first before reading that Comics Curmudgeon flashback.

@everyone: Why in the name of pogo sticks would Wilbur seek advice from Iris, who clearly raised a bit of a "misfit" herself?

duckdg said...

Thanks for the link, Shmoopie. So I suppose Iris will be telling Wilbur what it was like to lose her own child to a addiction, about 'tough love', or something else.

birdie said...

Maybe Iris will recommend floor-mopping as the kind of tough love a child needs to get over an addiction.
I'm pretty sure we're about to find out what Tommy is up to these days. I only hope he/she has completed that sex-change by now. Those middle stages are so awkward.

TeacherPatti said...

Vicki, thanks for the history! Shmoopie, thanks for the link!

I love how, in that link, the son is thinking "leaf" and "gram". I mean really, do drug dealers think like that?! Maybe they do...I've never even done pot before so I don't know! But it's almost like Karen google Urban Dictionary and said "ah ha! I see those words have different meanings in the 'counterculture'. I will now put them in quotes! Bahahahahahahahaha!" and then she laughed and laughed and laughed.