Notices her from a distance of three feet! He's close enough for Nola to smell him!
Oh good! A confrontation between a drunk and a liar. Good times...
Wow! It didn't take poor Dan to sink into alcoholism. Go get 'er!That mannequin has moved her hands and has on different jewelry. Kind of reminds me of that Twilight Zone with the living mannequins... Creepy, Nola, and it's happening before your eyes!
If that is indeed Smithers, he sure went downhill in a hurry. On February 24 we were informed that he had been let go about a month previously, so even in MW time he's only been unemployed for maybe eight weeks. Sure, enough time to grow some Wayne the Kidnapper stubble, but a mighty fast trip to Skid Row. Let this be a lesson to all of us to put a little bit aside for a rainy day. Thank you again, Karen Moy.
More peculiar visual elements today... (1) The mysterious shopping bag that floats handle-less next to Nola in panel one, whose handles reappear in panel two. (2) The window inside the entryway in the building across the street, shown in the first panel but missing in the second. Too much green beer this weekend, Giella?
I must say, "one of the most expensive shopping districts in Santa Royale" leaves a lot to be desired. Not exactly the Magnificent Mile or Fifth Avenue, is it? Except for the lack of strewn trash, it would look like the street where Richie was gunned down.So, Nola, your avarice and greed have finally caught up with you! The discredited Dan Smithers (who sure reminds me of Wayne the Kidnapper) is about to brain you with his bottle of rotgut. Don't say Mary didn't warn you!
Holy cow! Don't tell me something is actually about to happen in this strip!
At first, I noticed the surly look on his -- Dan Smithers'??? -- face. But then, my eyes scanned to the surreptitious liquor bottle jammed into his back pocket. And then my frown turned upside down. What a way to start a Monday! :-) I'm sensing that our Dan Smithers will be a cross of Aldo Kerast (may he rest in peace!) and Jill "Purple Boots A Moving" Black. Will he confront Nola "Whatever Nola Wants, Nola Gets" Wolverton, or is he just lurking in the shadows, plotting his revenge?
Also, I have to point and face-touch at Nola's shocked and bemused expression at Santa Royale's haute couture. One would think that Ed McMahon -- or his Santa Royale counterpart, Ned McMillan -- was at her door (at one of her many luxurious apartments) with a million dollar check. ("I've finally made it!" she would say between sobs.)Just think of how Dan Smithers will wipe that look off of her face as he begins to belittle her, in public, no less!
Smithers? Dan Smithers? It must be axiomatic that in Santa Royale, people with bad traits/behavior/circumstances immediately gorw out their jawbones and beards, thus to signify their "condition" to the Good Citizens.
I'm sorry to observe that Nola is picking her nose in the first panel. No wonder she was scorned as a child- nose pickers usually are. On a happier note, both she and The Noticer each have a clinched fist. I believe that this could be the first instance of mixed gender boxing in Mary Worth.
Maybe there is only one shopping district in Santa Royale - what we see (where is Marcy's?), BalMart and Family Dollars up the street, Targeto, Home Despot, and Salgreens down the street. This storyline is starting to remind me a little of the movie Trading Places.
The mannequin's hair has also changed. Maybe Dan Smithers and Wayne the kidnapper are the same person! It sure didn't take him long to go downhill after Nola got him fired.There's that creepy post-apocalyptic Emerald City skyline in the background again. Only a matter of time before the flying salmon squares attack.--Beagle Vet
I'm just hoping that's a WATER BOTTLE in Dan Smither's pocket and NOT alcohol! *shudder* I mean...he's out in a suit coat, so perhaps he's just distributing resumes, hoping to land a job at one of the high end men's clothing shoppes there on Upscale Fashion Street.(Always good to stay hydrated while walking about, doncha' know.) He does look like Wayne the Kidnapper's twin alright!
Bulletin!! Dan "Wayne" Smithers, the kidnaper of Emily Smith, and the embezzler of Corporation, has escaped from Santa Royale jail, when he was allowed to go out for some fresh air. Smithers, a notable cross-dresser, is believed to be headed to one of Santa Royale's most expensive shopping districts in order to replace his orange jail blazer with something a little more stylish.Dan "Wayne" is approximately 6'4" and wears a size 6XXX X-tra Tall. He is known to favor wrap dresses and he looks especially fetching in shades of pink. Make no mistake about it, this gorgeous hunk is armed with charm and dangerous good looks. Has been known to carry a bottle of InstaTan at all times to combat prison pallor.
See, this is why Bonnie Johnson had the right idea, to stay in her hoarded up hovel and do her shopping online. If only Nola had been home on enormousshop.com, she'd be safe from the impending doom that awaits her!
Anonymous at 1120, isn't MARY the Home Despot?--Beagle Vet
What jacket on earth is Smithers wearing that would have a side pocket in which he could stash his booze? I think Giella is apparel impaired as well as anatomy, geography, color, architecture, and continuity impaired.WV- Pretio Aminf, the Hautest Couturier in Santa Royale.
I thought that was Lonnie who was watching Nola shop?
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