Thursday, July 21, 2011

Mary Worth 1,071

Remember, in the Worthiverse, "a little longer," could be anywhere between seven and 34 years.

Today's Full Strip

29 comments:

kathyo said...

Whatever it is that Mary and Jeff "share," I think it can be treated by a broad spectrum of antibiotics.

heydave said...

"Hey, I'm wearing this stupid pink bow tie, aren't I? It's not like I got anything else going on..."

Elaine said...

What kind of hope could Jeff possibly have, after having his hand rejected time after time after time...Why couldn't he have spiced up this strip a bit, like "No way, Mary, you've rejected me for the last time! I'm off to read 'Men's Fitness'!"

Chester the Dog said...

If Mary married Jeff, she would have to move out of Charterstone, and do her meddling in the mancabin.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Mary is hoping that Jeff dies or something before she ever has to say yes.

Punky said...

Oh, the irony. She doesn't want Jeff meddling in her meddling.

OK, this must mean a new plot is about to start up again. If we can't get Jill "Ha ha ha ha" Black back, I vote for Helen Clark to move to Santa Royale, and cause trouble. Hic!

birdie said...

Mary could at least offer a lame excuse of some sort. She's like 130 years old, and she wants him to wait for her? How does that make sense?

Honestly, the vampire theory is the only rational explanation. Maybe her head pops off if someone removes that choker.

But anonymous might be right. She's probably already in his will. Maybe she's one of those black widow types, but she doesn't even want to go through the motions of a wedding this time.

I think this is going to get dramatic. Jeff will die, and she'll always pretend to regret not marrying him. It'll be one of her "let me tell you a story" stories for the next century or so.

Wanders said...

@birdie! Oh, the choker holding the ladies head on was one of my favorites in my Alfred Hitchcock's Scary Stories for Kids book.

Maude Findlay said...

Oh, Punky, if ONLY! Wouldn't it be amazing, if Jill turned out to be a long-lost niece of Helen's, and when Helen loses most of her millions in an investment scam, cough, Ted Confrey's suave older brother, Ned, cough she has to downsize into a 2 bedroom 1.2 bath condo with Jill at Charterstone? I can just picture them at a pool party, making snide remarks about doofus Wilbur stuffing his face!

Steve_J_23 said...

So. Now this lame bridge of a plot -- Jeff's marriage proposal (AGAIN) has concluded (to be resumed, yet again), the new plot can begin. My guess is that it will start at the ball, but how? Here's what I'd like to see:

1. A good Jill Black number, complete with drunkenness, expletives, and hitting on Dr Jeff.

2. Lizzzzza, lurking in the shrubbery, trying to sell Dr Jeff the latest pharmaceutical whatnot. Or perhaps one of her patients keeling over and dying from her ineptitude. That would be fun.

3. B?BJ? returning from the mall with a collection of ballgowns for the event.

4. Vera. Dawn. Lizzzzza. Dr. Cory. All at the same time. That would be fun, especially if Liza / Lisa / NASA decided she was "the only one".

5. Dr Cory makes a big personal announcement, explaining his inordinate fondness for "Men's Health" and that he has *not* been living in Vietnam, as supposed, but a condo in the Castro district of San Francisco.

6. The ghost of Aldo Kelrast. One can but hope.

7. And one I do NOT want to see: Adrian. Honestly, that woman is dumb as a bucket of rocks.

I'm done now. Any more plot suggestions???

Anonymous said...

What exactly does Mary expect will change if they wait "a little longer"? As I also think that Mary is in Jeff's will and Mary's fixed income has got to be strained after all these years, I fear that foul play is about to ensue and that poor Jeff has only "a little longer".

birdie said...

Wanders, I didn't know it was a Hitcock plot. lol It was one of those stories we'd hear at slumber parties, so we'd be too scared to sleep. That, and the story of the guy who reached his hand down to pet his dogs's head, but it was really the murderer's head he was petting. Was that Hitchcok too?

Dave in Parma said...

Funny Kathyo!

While usually reserved for religious holidays, I think the awkward silence following this recent exchange can only be alleviated by another famous MW transition Panel: the view of the horizon (in this case the view from the veranda at the venue) with just a relevant quote in a box at the top (ending of course with an exclamation point!).

I see a nauseating quote from Mary relating to the timelessness of love coming.

James in North Dakota said...

I think Jeff should "pull a LiZa" and just tell people that he and Mary Worth are engaged.

Heck, maybe he could just tell people they are married. He can turn it into a creepy "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" situation and make reference to their son.

Vicki said...

What they "share" of course, is the knowledge of what REALLY happened to Aldo Kelrast!! We all know how um, "convenient" Aldo's untimely death was in solving Mary's stalker problem. Yes indeedy.
Well now...I am wondering...why is Drew a "no-show" at this event!? Even without a date, could he not have put on an apron and served up some punch and chatted up the guests?
I thought both he and his dad were all about the Peace Village "numbers"!

James in North Dakota said...

Vicki, I think all that Peace Village jazz was a way to get LiZa off his heels.

Although, he could have just said that he needed to spend the weekend organizing his issues of Men's Fitness.

Dave in Parma said...

New angle: hopefully the peace village "fundraiser" at the venue wasn't just an elaborate way for Dr. jeff to get all his "friends (i.e. co-workers and family) together to celebrate his new engagement. If so, big fail.

There has been no fundraising mentioned to speak of after all.

Sharon said...

Say it with me, everyone: POOL PARTY! POOL PARTY! POOL PARTY!

Imogene said...

Concessions, benefits, sharing, pink bow tie, ancient biddy...who knew a marriage proposal could get this icky?

Dave in Parma said...

Interesting Friday strip:
--Dr. Jeff is the most special to Mary "right now" (just not necessarily next week)
--Mary's late partner was named Jack
--Dr. Jeff feels the same way; no one else has come close since Jack died

I can't wait for the several reasons. Actually, I probably can.

Potato Queen and Mulch Boy said...

"I think Jeff should "pull a LiZa" and just tell people that he and Mary Worth are engaged."

omg, wouldn't that be hilarious? Jeff keeps showing up at the hospital, at the pool, etc., bringing Mary tablecloth swatches, venue choices, reception menus, etc.

Chester the Dog said...

Gosh, the fund raiser must be over by now.

Punky said...

Oh phew - it's been hard to go a whole week without any face-touching. Thanks, Joe.

"You're the most special person in my life right now" reminds me of a wedding I was in a few years ago. My friend almost didn't get married because of the fight she and the groom got into, the night before the wedding, because he wanted to change their vows from "till death do us part" to "till fate do us part." Way to hedge your bets, Mary.

And Jeff's "for several reasons" seems to be his version of "Let me tell you a story..." It all but guarantees we'll be stuck in this storyline no one wants to read about for at least another week.

Shmoopie said...

Punky, my thoughts exactly! I went for a run this morning right after reading the comics (maybe I should have waited an hour to digest them properly), and every syllable in "for several reasons - let me tell you a story" matched my increasingly pounding steps as I slogged through the humid air. At one point I encountered a deer near my path, and I swear it looked at me and clearly said, "Change unsettles me!" before bounding away.

And, let's not kid ourselves, with "several reasons" at Jeff's fingertips, this "story" will take months to "conclude." Unless, of course, one of the characters dies, as some of us suspect.

Brick said...

I can think of one good reason for Jeff to wait for Mary:
1.They're only getting younger with time.

Mary said...

Punky, did your friend marry the guy? And if so, are they still married?

The only people I know who got into a huge fight the night before their wedding wound up separating within the first year of marriage.

Back to Mary Worth ... Jeff's facial features are a bit askew in that last panel. Maybe his face is melting in all this humidity.

kathyo said...

Twice this year, Jeff has proposed to Mary, but neither time did he pull out a diamond engagement ring. So she knows he's not serious. Little wonder then, that he's taking her rejection so well.

Punky said...

Good news, Mary - they are still together, and happy. It was a momentary blip. They got married later in life, and I think it was his last gasp of "you mean I won't be single anymore?" Is Mary Worth is still angling to play the field, to leave herself open to whatever "fate" brings her way? If Lonnie Roberts were still alive, he could introduce her to his charming roommate....

And Shmoopie - isn't it unsettling to find yourself thinking about what's going on in Mary Worth in real life? LOVED your deer story. It reminds me of back in the day when I played a lot of Myst, when that game first came out, and every time I went running I kept wanting to click on things to get closer to them faster.

James in North Dakota said...

Kathyo: Jeff should buy Mary a matching "electronic reading device" instead of a ring.

Mary: "What the devil do I do with this?"

Jeff: "You read with it, my sweet."

Mary: (thought bubble) "?"