Uh oh. This does not bode well for the cake carrying portion of the competition.
Thank you to Thorpnotized for this informative study in cake competitions:
Today's Full Strip
I think John is having a heart attack, which is ironic considering he was talking about dying while trying to win the contest.
I don't know what's scarier, Dora's giant grinning face filling the entire screen, or headless Dora.
Maybe John is just shivering because it's cold in Mary's backless car.
One of the signs of a stroke is blind obedience to cake.
I finally figured out who John Dill reminds me of (especially in today's first panel): Mr. Whipple. http://www.whipple.org/photos/charmin.htmlThe bow tie was the final piece to fall into place. (Speaking of falling, watch out for that cake!)
Are we about to be fed some sort of ridiculous platitude about John's confidence crumbling like his dreams (and his cake)? Stay tuned...
I wish my car had those cool swivel seats...
Give the man an aspirin!Mary drives? She always just seems to appear places, or is seen cruising in Dr. Jeff's Mary Kay Cosmetics Slae's Person of the Year Oldsmobuick sports car. I just assumed Dr. Jeff would drive them and chaperon.
Maybe John Dill has gotten dizzy from the pace of the plot. We've really lurched forward between yesterday's two month recap to event day today. Hopefully he has his seat belt firmly affixed for the inevitable sudden deceleration.
It's just a freakin' cake baking/designing contest, for heaven's sake!! You'd think he was on his way to perform life-saving heart surgery or on his way as a contestant to "Who Wants to be a Millionaire". Get a grip, John.
At least the Dillworth entry, when last seen, was a traditional wedding cake design, with the smallest tier on top, unlike the top heavy Dora cake...unless, of course, they have added a gigantic marzipan Mary/Mother Nature statuette as a topper. At any rate, the increasingly repellent John Dill, combover and all, doesn't look capable of carrying a Hostess cupcake, let alone the concoction shown in the Sunday summary yesterday.
Dave@9.54a - has this story line really been going on for TWO MONTHS?It can't have.
I'm pretty sure Danny Kaye wore that blue and gray tuxedo in White Christmas...and all Mary needs is a cap to complete her chauffeur-chic look. (Is she a man, Baby?)This story is setting some sort of MW record for speed. We only met the retired hotel manager on December 17, and it looks as though his story arc and his life are right on schedule to end by the weekend. RIP
@Phoebes: I'm pleasantly surprised to be able to report that the plot hasn't been going on for 2 months (it just seems like it). Looking through the Wanders/MWAM archives, it looks to have started about 6 weeks ago.
It looks like John Dill's dream will be very short-lived i.e. crushed like Dora's head.A new plot is on the horizon, except that Mary said "helping" John Dill was going to be her one good deed for the year. Does this mean Mary forces John to participate in cake competition after cake competition until the DillWorth team wins one?
Once again Moy is ahead of the curve in riding the popular wave of cake decorating,as evidenced by the promo for "Cake Boss", a new reality show on TLC. "About Cake Boss: Buddy Valastro runs his family bakery in Hoboken, NJ, and balances family drama with big cake builds. In Season 5, Buddy and his crew are settling into their new cake factory and learning to deal with the demands of Carlo's ever-growing popularity. Tune in Mondays @ 10|9c for the best cakes and pranks yet!"John Dill even has his own "crew"
True confession. I can relate to cake-carrying phobia. Several years ago I made a gorgeous psychedelic skull cake for a neighborhood Halloween contest. As I left the house I wobbled on my high heeled boots (Helga the Viking costume), went down on one knee and the cake slid off the tray onto the street. I remained that way for several minutes, a pitiful tableau of crushed dreams and dirty frosting. A few neighbors walking to the party asked if I was OK and my dear husband told them, "She's fine, just give her a few minutes." Alas, when the party organizer heard what happened she gave me a prize anyway. But, I am forever scarred and wary of carrying baked goods. With that in mind, good luck Team Dillworth!
Sandi- you have my sympathies. I dropped my homeroom teacher's birthday cake before I ever got out of the driveway. My mother-bless her- made another one and brought it to school. On another occasion I sat on a large sheet cake which I had purchased for my prep school boyfriend's birthday. Scarred unto this very day...
How in the heck did John Dill carry that massive unicorn cake to the Charterstone Holiday Gathering at Christmas? That thing looked like it was three feet tall and weighed in at about eighty pounds.
The weird disconnect: Karen Moy's writing is based in some sort of reality. I am grateful to her and to the Worthians, for I knew nothing of competitive cake decorating prior to this story. It is fascinating. So what is up with Joe Giella? Is he an evil genius?
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