Thursday, February 28, 2013

Mary Worth 1,543

As I stared in wonderment at this morning's first panel, this favorite song from my hero Mr. Rogers came to mind.

Because this recording (by one of Mr. Rogers' neighbors) is scratchy, and some of the choicest lyrics are skipped, I'm including the lyrics from the Neighborhood Archive below:

Some Things I Don't Understand

Written by Fred Rogers | © 1968, Fred M. Rogers

Some things I don't understand.
Some things are scary and sad.
Sometimes I even get bad when I'm mad.
Sometimes I even get glad.
Why does a dog have to bark?
Why does an elephant die?
Why can't we play all the time in the park?
Why can't my pussycat fly?
Why, why, why, why, why, why
I wonder why.
Why, why, why, why, why, why
I wonder why.
Why do big people say, "No!"?
Why are their voices so loud?
Why don't the witches and bad guys all go?
Why does the sky fly a cloud?
Why, why, why, why, why, why
I wonder why.
Why, why, why, why, why, why
I wonder why.
Why does it have to get dark?
Why can't the day always stay?
Let's say goodbye to the night time, Goodbye.
Let's send the dark time away.
Why do fire engines make noise?
Why is hot water so hot?
Why aren't live babies like my other toys?
Why do I wonder a lot?
Some day, oh some day, I'll know what to say.
Some day, oh some day, I'll not have to say

Today's Full Strip


NonnyMus said...

Not just that, but the expression on Tom's face when he opens the door and sees Mary is priceless!

His black, lifeless eyes are creepy, but his facial expression is classic. Plus, Chin Napkin!!

meg said...

NonnyMus- are you sure that's Chin Napkin? Looks more like Chin Washcloth to me.

Blanche Taylor Moore said...

(Big Bang Theory Reference)...

Buzz, Buzz, Buzz... Tom?

Buzz, Buzz, Buzz... Tom?

Buzz, Buzz, Buzz... Tom?

Buzz, Buzz, Buzz... Tom?

Buzz, Buzz, Buzz... Tom?

Dave in Parma said...

Poor Tom probably gets dizzy every time he walks into the hallway and stares too long at the odd perspective.

Maybe Tom will break into 'You Are Special' (title track from my favorite/only Mr. Rogers album when I was a kid ---yes, I said album). This storyline can evolve into a musical a'la les Miserables or CopRock.

Dave in Parma said...

Looks like chin Napkin will be making the walk of shame home @Meg.

Paul said...

One good turn deserves another!

Yeah, Mary, you may have fooled Toby into believing you do these things out of pure kindness, but we can read your thoughts. As you ring Tom's doorbell, all you care about is: What am I going to get out of it?

Downpuppy said...

Drat! I wanted to see where Toby's collar dropped to by Friday.

KitKat said...

Why is the door buzzer next to the apartment door instead of in the building's vestibule? That is so insecure! Charterstone residents should be able to view (or at least speak with) a bowl-carrying Mary Worth so they can refuse entry!

Ick, Mary's smugness ("One good turn deserves another!") has reached lethal levels. And Tom Harpman thought that having a cold was bad....

Thorpnotized said...

Judging by how close those doors are to each other, the Charterstone apartments must be very small.

Nance said...

Mary looks like she's in her robe, too. Is it a slumber party?

Alas! Things look tidy in Tom Harpman's apartment. There goes the hoarder plotline.

fauxprof said...

I'm still dizzy from contemplating that M.C. Escher hallway! Aside from that, I though Charterstone was supposed to be an upscale, even luxury, condo complex. Tom Harpman seems to be living in a shabby rooming house.

(Having seen him, I'm still getting the serial killer vibe--or maybe he's cooking meth in there?)

heydave said...

Do we have any ideas what "kind act" towards Mary by Tom prompted all this? Is anyone else afraid to ask?

Chin Napkin Groupie said...

How could you have missed the epic episode when Mary disclosed that Tom helped her with her heavy packages. Such kindness does not go rewarded in the Worthiverse.

Mikey said...

Why does an elephant die? Wait,what?

birdie said...

I'm hoping that it will turn out that he keeps to himself because he's really...BATMAN!

Let's give Joe a chance to use his talents. A superhero artist shouldn't be reduced to drawing a bowl of soup.

Inkwell said...

Man, Mr. Rogers was awesome. He didn't just understand kids, he understood innocence. He grew up, but he never forgot.

@Mikey: Of boredom. From reading Mary Worth. Specifically the "one-armed Dave" storyline.

Yahoonski said...

I think Harpman looks like JFK.

kathyo said...

It looks like the second floor of an old boarding house; the doorknobs are chest-high and have no deadbolts, and they really ought to clean up the graffiti at Charterstone.

mrpeenee said...

Why can't my pussycat fly? Because Tom Harpman ATE HIM.

meg said...

Knock, knock.

"Who's there?"

"It's me, Mary; I'm here with the soup."

"Mary's not here, man."

Anonymous said...

John Dill sure jetted out of our lives, didn't he?

Link3220 said...

@ Thorpnotized...

All those doors actually belong to Tom Harpman's apartment. Not long after Mary moved into the Charterstone complex, management tore out some walls and gave each unit 6 doors, ensuring the residents at least one escape route if they saw Mary Worth at their main entrance.

Wanders said...

@birdie. Amen and Amen!