You must be right about them not using accountants if all Nola had to do was say that Mr. Smithers was stealing. What's to prevent someone else to claim that Nola is stealing? MADNESS!
Did he really steal?---ah, Details, Details...."Smithers? Who is that young go-getter?""Why that's Nola Wolvenson, sir."
Having divulged her scheming plan to Mary, Nola will have to kill her to keep her secret safe.On an "artistic" note: Look at panel two from yesterday's strip and compare it to today's panel two. It's almost the exact same view, yet the potted plant and table have morphed into a large window.
Unbeknownst to the brazen Nola, Mary has an in at Nola's company. The prez, a clown aficionado, has one of Toby's paintings in his art collection. Just wait until Mary spills the beans to Toby!
Nola must want Mary's silence!Well first, her admonition.Then her lecturing.THEN her silence!!1!
Wanders, Could you do a montage of all of the "speaking whilst drinking" panels? I would love to see the best and/or worst of them all together.Perhaps then we could vote on our favorite ventriloquist from Santa Royale.
"He got drunk and drove his car over a cliff. Heh-heh."
Since Nola gets what she wants, does this mean she is after Mary's salmon square recipe?
Anon @9:20: I doubt it. She's scheming and duplicitous, not stupid.
Do we know how old Nola is? I'm assuming she's anywhere from 28 to 65.
I know Moy's plot lines are often things of pure idiocy, but this one is in a league by itself.Why would Nola confess all these dirty deeds to Mary? I don't get it.
And, of course, senior management just believed Nola instead of their VP. Must be because she gave them the evil eye - did you notice how BIG Nola's right eye looked in yesterday's second panel?@phoebes - Nola just needs to impress someone, and who better than SR's leading citizen??
Ooh, another potted plant sneaking in! Nola is doomed!Mary's BP must be off the charts. This is the best opportunity to meddle she's had in ages. I bet she just can't WAIT to run to Nola's office building and blow the whistle!--Beagle Vet
What Nola is thinking:I get what I want, and I want a free lunch. I'll pretend to get a phone call and leave before the check arrives.What Mary is thinking:Nola must make a lot of money at that big job of hers. I'll let her pay for lunch. I'll pretend to have a bathroom emergency, then I'll slip out the back door before the check arrives.What Ian is thinking: I think I'll have the all ye kin eat haggis on toast, even though it gies me the wind. What Toby is thinking: If he orders the haggis, he'll be sleeping on the sofa tonight.
Ominously, the other diners have vanished from the restaurant. It's like the movies, where the mob rub-out scene is about to occur. Smithers is poised for revenge with his tommy gun while his old work pal Victor is driving the get-away Packard.
@Ice T, your question about Nola's age reminded me of the song "Bosom Buddies" from "Mame":Vera: How old do you think I am?Mame: Oh, somewhere between 40 and death.
''Let me tell you what I'm going to do next, Mary. I've always wanted to be the kind of person that people came to for advice. I'm going to tell people that all of the so-called advice that you've been giving them actually came from ME! That's right, Mary. I'm going to replace you as the person that everyone comes to for advice. It's what I want to be, and I always get what I want.Oh, and another thing, Mary...About Dr. Jeff? I'm meeting him for drinks later today. I'm going to tell him that you've been cheating on him with Wilbur Weston... and he'll believe me, Mary... because I know just exactly what to say and do, to get whatever I want. Jeff will drop you like a bad habit, and I'll have him all for myself. Why are you smiling, Mary? I just told you, I'm going to destroy your reputation and steal your boyfriend, and there's not a thing you can do about it!''''Why am I smiling? Well Nola, while you were going on your rant about getting what you want, I slipped some of my digitalis pills into your drink. Any minute now, you'll have a massive heart attack, and no one will ever know that I did it... Just like when I cut the brake line on Aldo Kelrast's car. You don't mess with Mary Worth, capsice?''Word verification- Bentran Unkster. I think he took Mary to her senior prom.
Meg and Maude are on a roll today!--Beagle Vet
Beagle vet, re: roll--Does the haggis also come on a roll, or is it just the toast?
Nola: Hello, sir I am Nola the new unskilled file clerk from the 10th floor.Big Boss: Oh yes, they say you always get what you want.Nola: I think your VP, Smithers,is stealing from the company.Big Boss: He is? Well, I'll fire him and you can have his job.Nola: "heh heh"
So when Mary contacts Smithers to tell him he was framed, I predict he'll be living in a tenement with cracked or broken plaster. He'll be wearing an open collar shirt because his suit-wearing days are over. His worried wife and 2 children will be standing forlornly in the background. And according to the Giella hair code, he will have light hair (brown or white, depending on age) because he is a victim we should pity, and one or two uncombed locks of hair hanging over his forehead because he so bedraggled.Stand by...
Mary seems positively delighted with Nola's story in panel one. I guess she was thinking, "Good for Nola being a snitch and turning in that no-good Dan Smithers! I knew there had to be some good in her!"
New Category for the Worthys: Worst Schemer Ever.Folks, I think we have a winner.
Mary thought bubble: "Hmmm, maybe I'll tell the hospital that Jeff is stealing - then I can move into his job as a doctor. That could be fun. Nola is really onto something here."
Mary won't be telling anyone anything about Nola. That would break the Mary Worth / meddlee confidentiality agreement assumed whenever Mary takes on a case.
Meg, I believe haggis is correctly served either on an oatcake or a chip butty, accompanied by cullen skink soup and a glass of Glenfiddich, neat.Unless cullen has come off the IR list and is back at wide receiver.--Beagle Vet
I can't believe no one has noticed that Mary and Nola are throwing gang signs at each other. Check out the hands. This is getting creepy.
Maybe Nola buttered up Prez by bringing him a glass dolphin (like in the movie Bad Teacher) that SHE stole, heh heh. Then as she gave him her gift, she casually mentioned that Smithers, of course, HATES dolphins and that in fact, she saw him stealing some office supplies!! Nola is so far off the rails, there's no way Mary can "fix" her. I think, as Robert said, Mary is now rather enjoying this ride and feigning disgust at Nola's lack of morals!
@ Mike in Cleveland, maybe if we meet Dan Smithers in his plaster-crackin' pad, he can launch into a flashback of his own. He can tell us how his family used to be happy, because that was the only way they knew how to be. Until he met Nola, who always gets what she wants.
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