Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Mary Worth 1,424

You know, it isn't just the water! In the Worthiverse, everything else is changing all the time too: Lamps, china closets, landscaping, accessories, book shelves... In fact, it's hard to think of anything that doesn't change regularly.

But it still feels like everyone is standing still.

Today's Full Strip


Toots McGee said...

Geek out alert:

In the early Star Trek episode, The Corbomite Maneuver, a childlike being named Balok (played by child actor Clint Howard) uses a puppet of a sinister looking being to communicate with the Enterprise. Mary reminds me of Balok's puppet. I think it's partially the weird collar on her blouse and also the odd ventriloquist act Karen Moy is playing with Mary as her dummy.

Karen, give up the act and have a glass of tranya with us.

kathyo said...

Something that doesn't change--Dawn's clothing.

fauxprof said...

I'm so mesmerized by the giant hands holding the giant coffee cup that it's hard to concentrate on the deep and abiding wisdom Mary must be transmitting.

(Ah, Toots McGee, a Classic Trek reference. You brighten this aging geek girl's morning.)

My robot word is Almodec--a new prescription drug for people who feel they are standing still while the waters change around them.

birdie said...

I personally think the metaphor of changing waters was highly insensitive. It'll probably give Dawn nightmares. I suspect it is intentional, and Mary is passive -aggressive.

Nance said...

birdie stole my comment!

Mary is really zinging them in there. First yesterday's veiled reference to Dawn's lazy selfishness, now today's pseudo-innocent water/boat metaphor.

Perhaps tomorrow she'll talk about:

1. Arms
2. Hands
3. Intellect
4. Doing things quickly/efficiently/timely
5. Intrinsic rewards
6. Eating at The Bum Boat

Delilah said...

Phew, all these aphorisms Mary is zinging Dawn's way have got me bushed. Let's all head down to the Bum Boat for a cool, refreshing glass of Tranya.

Must. Kill. Dawn. said...

My comment cup runneth dry on this storyline. Waterboarding is starting to look appealing compared to this.

Cloots said...

This episode was filmed with "Dawn Cam" technology

heydave said...

Arrgh! Are they STILL on the couch?

On other asides, I was so sleep deprevated when my second son was born that I once hallucinated the Chicago skyline into a mammoth cup of coffee, much like the one in this picture. Good times!

Mike in Cleveland said...

Dawn's a teen-ager, right? Or at least still has the brain of one. I remember when I was a teen--I had a High School counselor who often spoke to me in apothegms, just like MW. His sayings somehow appealed to me, particularly if there was wordplay, some kind of twisting of words. They would tickle my brain, in a sophomoric way, giving me the illusion of truth. I would even try to make them up--it made me feel...profound. A five-second encapsulation of Universal Truth.

Or, as TS Eliot wrote,

"To have squeezed the universe into a ball
To roll it towards some overwhelming question,"

Anonymous said...

I'm still concerned about yesterday's references to friends, benefits, and trying new things.

Brilliant Trek reference, BTW, Toots McGee!

--Beagle Vet

Anonymous said...

I want to bash Mary over the head with a stale baguette, so the itchy crumbs fall right into her cowlneck.

Definitely Not Moy said...

Wasn't it Mary who coined the phrase, "The more things change the more they stay the same"?

heydave said...

Actually, I think it was Mary who told Camus that hell was other people and then went on to prove it.

heydave said...

D'oh! I meant Sartre!

Mary's No Sartre said...

Actually I believe the Sartre quote was "Hell is other people in the iPhone 5 line."

Sandi Ego said...

From a Panel 2 perspective, I am Dawn. Damn, I miss Dave.

Anonymous said...

If Dawn spends too much time on Mary's couch Jim is going to start flirting with other volunteers - Dawn will be devastated again and then we'll be back to square one.

Please, Dawn, go back to the hospital soon so that we can move on to something else.

(Does Jim stay at the hospital or is he just hanging out there?)