Well, it appears things are back to normal. Jim grew his arm back, and he's no longer a rage-aholic. And look, here comes his dead sister Merry walking down the pier. Isn't it nice how these things always seem to work out?
Today's Full Strip
Dawn thinks, "Yes, I've drawn Jim out from behind his wall, and now he can languish at the foot of mine."
Could it be? Is this storyline over? It sounds over, but let's not hold our collective breaths. First Dawn will have to tell Mary all about it, then Mary will have to tell Toby all about it, with the culmination being Mary pontificating to Dr. Jeff about the joy and fulfillment of a platonic relationship.What about Dr. Jeff, by the way? The last time I recall seeing him, he was staring disconsolately at a ghastly bowl of salmon mush at the Bum Boat, while Dawn yelled "Oh My God!" in panel two, thus starting us off on the last seven months of rollicking adventure.In the meantime, I can only hope that Jeff has found some sort of companionship, maybe with a relapsed Nola Wolvenson, or maybe Lizzzza with a Z Colby (now a drug rep with an unending supply of premiums for doctors).
"I like your new arm" may be one of my favorite Mary Worth sentences of all time.
Amazing how quickly Jim has adapted to his 'new arm'. Ah, if only our lives could be as smooth as those in the Worthiverse!
Can New Arm get a Worthy nom this year, along with Chin Napkin? It has more personality than either of the actual people in today's strip.
The seagull near Jim reminds me of the birds that Charles Schulz used to draw before he came up with Woodstock. Usually the Santa Royale seagulls are off in the distance (like the other ones today), so I speculate that this one is Merry, reincarnated as a bird, who has alighted to bless the Dawn-Jim "relationship," such as it is.BTW, all you longtime MW readers, does anyone else remember the storyline in which a tipsy female acquaintance of Mary's broke Mary's bird figurine? Mary was devastated because her late husband (Mary's words) had given it to her. I recall that HIS name was Jim also!
Gina@8.59a - NOTHING will ever beat "Chin Napkin"! It should be retired to the Worthiverse Hall of Fame, but, it still pops up now and then and I am so glad.As for surveys, I've worked with Survey Monkey, but I don't know the associated costs, if anything.
All pier scenes must include: rope and seagull. Randomly scattered old fashion shipping crates are optional.
No lead in or introduction to New Arm? Had Jim ever mentioned that he wanted to get one? Dawn might as well be saying, "I like your haircut."
Jim may feel "less guarded" now, but he sure seems distracted by that seagull sitting on the post.Meanwhile, Dawn has turned rather monkey-faced in the second panel.
Jim might FEEL "less guarded" but that seagull is certainly on the job.Let's recap:Things Dawn Likes1. Dry Lime Soda2. New ArmsEveryone up to speed?
If Jim has this fantastic, realistic new arm, then he must have been busy at the hospital all this time doing the therapy he originally told her he was there to do. Dawn obviously never bothered to show up at the hospital for her "volunteer" duties. I wonder if she'll fail her class?On the other hand, once Mary made it clear what her "volunteer" duties included, I can see why Dawn was scared off. I don't think any university course can require that.
I agree with Mary about "I like your new arm." In fact, it makes me take back all the grumbling I did earlier in the week about unhealthy assumption-making. . . I FORGOT! This is the Mary Worth universe, not real life! Where else could people discuss their recently amputated appendages as if they were new shoes? Where else could PTSD be illustrated in such a hideously inaccurate fashion? It's the world we WISH for, not the one we live in. . .
Oh, how I so yearn to be typing this with my New Fingers. Alas, I'm forced to alternate between my Old Forehead and my Old Tongue to get the job done.Meanwhile, I have used Doodle as a survey tool, but have no idea of the caption/image limitations.
Now that Jim has his new arm and the confidence that goes with it, he is no longer so needy as to consider a relationship with Dawn. He is now quote content to be just friends.
Suddenly, a jet falls from the sky and kills them both.
@Gina, @Phoebes: I'd like to strike a compromise that 'Chin Napkin' fall to the 'best recurring character' category while 'new Arm' falls to 'best new character' (what--you'd vote for Jim or Gina the Waitress over 'new arm?!).I would have nominated 'new arm' in the 'best supporting character' category, but that would have been more appropriate for 'new leg.'
KitKat - I absolutely remember the drunken woman who broke Mary's cheesy swans: it was Rita. Remember when Mary went to the women's shelter looking for her? It was delicious. Rita was even better than Jill Black, in my opinion.
Carlye, your memory is astounding - thank you! Oh Rita, come back (and make Mary's life hell again!).
"I like your new arm" REALLY?? Could they have made it anymore nonchalant and trivial? "I like your new haircut, oh and your new arm. It matches nicely!" I'm trying to remember Rita... was she the ponytailed harlot or am I thinking of someone else?
I think Jim would be wise to be more guarded around Dawn.
Oh god! When will it end?What you're not seeing in this frame is the out of control ferry with the passed out drunk captain about to slam into the pier and put us all out of our misery.
Does Jim own a shirt in any other color than blue or is this the same shirt he's been wearing every time we've seen him?
More to the point: what happened to the quasi-permanent creases that were surely there in that left sleeve?But, yeah, Jim. Looks REAL nice.
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