Amy's arm doesn't seem so lame, as she's reaching for the dish with it. Hmm...Maybe she's faking an injury for insurance purposes...Of course, the only truly lame thing here is: (no guess needed).
Is that a sling, or merely a stylish new scarf?That dish looks like a La Creuset covered dutch oven, which weighs about 50 lbs empty! (trust me, I have one!)I agree with Mike - if the insurance adjuster is reading this strip, Amy's gig is up!
To Mike's point, the way she's using that 'lame' arm to grab the hot caserole (apparently the 'accident' killed off her nerve endings too), it brings to mind an old Brady Bunch (and Arrested Development) episode where someone dropped a book in the court room so the accuser would quickly turn their 'lame' neck, proving that yes, others really do have it worse off than them.Great wv too: tedio, apparently the Latin dative version of 'tedium'. Love how the wv always relate back to the pplot.
I thought you all were having me on, so assured that the androgynous person in panel 2 is a female. then I saw panel 1, heard the hard luck story... that segued into the beautiful insurance fraud.Is this Mary's other job? she caught one!Incidentally, a pot of Flak does not constitute a casserole in my book.Or does the fraud go even further? "Amy" is really "Arnie" when you look at "her" right. Maybe Amy has been offed for that death benefit!?
The sling has magically moved to a position around her neck in the transition from panel one to panel 2. Perspective is proving to be an ever elusive concept for Mr Giella, desired perhaps, but rarely achieved.
A Flak Casserole! Oh, Mary, how terribly thoughtful!!! I wonder if she sprinkled some of those tasty kelk flakes on top.Now, who is this Amy person? Is she going to be the subject of this new story line?
Is Emily Smith possibly the daughter of Santa Royale's resident lecher, Charlie Smith??
Dave in Parma, yes, I remember that Brady Bunch episode. Carol got in the accident whilst backing her car out of the parking space at the grocery store. Coincidentally, Mary was at the grocery store when she saw the poster of Emily Smith (which is now haunting her every thought bubble) There is a deeper meaning here, I just know it.
Amy and Alison the diner waitress would seem to have the same hairdresser."It's been difficult...but I refuse to complain." Amy, stop complaining about how difficult it's been. Eat some of that casserole and then we'll see if you find something to complain about.
"Yes, I know. For instance, some of us have pink-bowed vacant-eyed little girls permanently lodged in our brains."
Is there any possibility that Mary is going to become a super-hero? The Masked Meddler will jump in her Packard and follow the evil pair who stole her purse and little Emily. WV: oatio, like Flak, but with more fiber.
Big props to Dave in Parma for his Latin declension! Hmmm... Santa Royale est omnia divisa in partes tres. Or: veni, vedi, edi Kelkum! (I came, I saw, I ate Kelk.)
Mr. Cavoli in my old freshman Latin class would be so proud that I remembered the latin Punky. And are you sure you didn't mean "Goleta" est omnia divisa in partes tres? Regardless, I'm sure all three partes are populated by bland people with blue hair nad orange, salmon, or tweed clothing.
MW Historians: Please answer a question posted yesterday. What is Kelk and which wonderful Santa Royale character introduced it?
Cool! Not to be left out of the Latin:Quo usque tandem abutere, Karen Moy, patientia nostra?(Even neater--wv: munda!)
Did Emily disappear while the soccer team was in town for The Big Game? Could the team manager (Magilla Soccerilla) be involved?
Is that a tuna casserole? One of Mary's specialties. My father once told my mother (when they had first met) if she ever made tuna casserole it would be grounds for divorce. She never did.
@Peggy OlsonKelk was a boxed product on Mary's shelf a few story's back, don't remember which one. It seems like years ago but I'm sure it was only a few months back....you know how it is.
@Peggy Olsen -- re: Kelk...it's possibly cereal?? Mary once climbed up on a very tall, unsafe kitchen stool to retreive a box from her cupboard. It's that good.For sure "Amy" is faking that injury, & pretending to be a woman! She'll try to get the little girl to eat mary's casserole and the screaming that will ensue "NO! I don't wanna' eat that stuff!" will draw attention and she'll be rescued.
For many, many years Mike. And yet we keep coming back. We're either sadists, or enjoy the theater of the absurd.
I want to see MW with a Carol Brady shag haircut.--Beagle Vet
@Peggy Olson - I think we first saw Kelk on the shelf back in mid-February, when Mary was putting away her groceries standing on a tiny pink stool, eagerly anticipating Wilbur teaching her the Twitter. Here's a link: http://tinyurl.com/d7s3slc The comments should fill in a few details.But I can't find a link to that day's full strip anywhere. Does anyone know if there is a working archive? Wanders?Another Latin bromide for the day, this one from Seneca, and words for Mary Worth fans to live by:"Optimum est pati quod emendare non possis."Or: "It is best to endure that which you cannot change."
I can't be the only one who holds my cursor over the frame for the free message - Only to realize that I'm not on Mary Worth and ME! Rather I'm reading Mary Worth somewhere else (for me its in the Washington Post online! Yet I keep forgetting and doing it again and again (looking for my free hidden message.)Anonymous NY
In today's strip, Mary seems to be handing Amy not only a casserole but a curling stone. Mary really takes advantage of these opportunities to give!
Vicky, Peggy and others,I Found the Kelk! February 13, Blog #956.And I agree, we do need an archivist. I envision Opus numbers for each strip. And a cross-referencing index.By the way, I am so impressed at the high wit and academic level that is brought to these Blog comments. We even have Latin scholers here!How about some of us Clevelanders get together at a local pub this season for some Mary Worth and Beer?
Oops! That's Latin scholArs.
Yup, by the time Amy puts the casserole on her table, it will be the size of a tea cup!
Mike in Cleveland, thanks for finding the lost Kelk episode! Now I remember that storyline. Several of us expected Mary to fall from her stepstool - but, of course, that story went nowhere (like all the others).I'm going to the grocery tomorrow to stock up on boxes of Kelk. Now with extra fiber. I bet the back of the box has smug quotes about helping others.
Always up for a pint with a topping of satire Mike.
I think Wanders is busy making casseroles to take to his neighbors...
In Sunday's strip (I think that casserole dish must be filled with bromides, because they kept spilling out) I was particularly struck by Mary and her neighbor having a long conversation while standing at the front door. Made me visualize a secret motto that has clearly made its way around Charterstone: Whatever You Do (and Whatever She Brings), Don't Invite Mary In.
At work on Friday, I was complaining about something and a coworker with a highly developed and very wry sense of humor said (playing me so well) "Some people have it worse!"My hyperventilated response: "Aaah! I don't care! I care about me!"His droll response: "Some people have it SO much better!"That made me laugh! Out loud and a lot. Yes! Those people. I want to be like them!So Mary and Amy: Shut your platitudinous pie holes! WV: baiduca. Mary, Boudica, you're not.
Know what made my day today? That little box that says, "Mary gives one of her neighbors a homemade casserole."Wow, that's some recap!
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