Monday, April 29, 2013

Mary Worth 1,585

Whew. I am so relieved to discover that yesterday, when Beth told her mother that she was heading over to Mary Worth's apartment, that she actually was heading over to Mary Worth's apartment. I was worried that she might be lying to her oppressive mother and sneaking over to see Tom Harpman.

I'm also relieved that Tom and Beth never discovered that Mother Kinley was withholding Tom's telephone messages. If they had, it might have resulted in Dramatic Tension and made the story more exciting. And, heaven knows, we don't want that.

Today's Full Strip

25 comments:

NonnyMus said...

I love how Beth had to pause and put on her glasses before her declaration of what Tom needs... and the ants!

Peggy Olson said...

I think the ants are coming from that neglected plant in the hallway.

NonnyMus, I noticed Beth's glasses, too. I guess she put them on between Panels One and Two - so she could read Mary's kelk and salmon squares recipes.

KitKat said...

Considering that Beth makes all kinds of cuisine, why would she need recipes from Mary? Unless Beth is looking to add kelk to her salt-encrusted fish, that is. Say, that plant in the hallway would make a terrific salad!

Anonymous said...

Beth is going to ask Mary to lie for her - so she can sneak away to Tom's apartment. What will Mary do?

fauxprof said...

I, too, had hopes for dramatic tension and plot development, but thought it would result in Elinor catching Beth in a lie about going over to Mary's. no such luck.

Here's hoping that Mary gives Beth her recipe for vegetable terrine (aka green glop). It'll need salt, though.

Muscato said...

If Mary refuses to fib on Beth's behalf, but offers to come along and chaperone, I'm just going to go ahead and shoot myself.

Gina said...

Run, Tom. RUN. If Mary Worth's recipes get involved in this, you're a dead man.

Chin Napkin Groupie said...

Dear Uncle Joe,

I expect a dramatic appearance of Chin Napkin during the forthcoming dinner engagement.

LouiseF said...

Apparently, in addition to becoming an advice columnist, Mary is now a registered dietition, upgrading the nutrition involved in Tom's "bachelor ways" with her recipes. Something tells me that Mary played a meddlesome role in the 1950 publication of Betty Crocker's famous "Picture Cookbook". . .

Carlye said...

Mary, I lied and told Tom that I know how to cook. Actually, I throw whole fish into the pan, scales and all. Do you have any fish sticks I can use? I don't mind if Mom gets salmonella, but I sort of like Tom. How about some asparagus, too? Oh, and by the way, will you lie to Mom in case she calls and asks you if I'm here?

Anonymous said...

How many times can they possibly use the word "bachelor" in this storyline? Does anyone even use that word in this century?

Nance said...

Poor Beth. She really opened herself up to some meddling with the way she worded her conversation starter: "Tom asked me over WHEN I OFFERED TO MAKE DINNER FOR HIM."

Sigh. She is in for a sit-down and cake, accompanied by some platitudes about how she shouldn't allow men to use her for her culinary talents alone.

RE: The Ants. We all know where they're coming from. Mary has all that pink cake in her apartment. And did anyone check to see John Dill's place before he left for his intership with Pierre? It could be covered in frosting for all we know.

kathyo said...

Who did Uncle Joe think he was drawing in panel 1, Dawn Weston?

La Cieca said...

"That's great! Also, live long and prosper!"

Anonymous said...

Does anyone have a copy of the Fifty Shades trilogy for Beth? Didn't Dr Jeff give that to Mary for Christmas this year? maybe Mary does't want to share her copy.

Sandi Ego said...

So Tom is frantically wiping down his counters with seltzer because Beth is coming over...tomorrow? If Beth is getting recipes from Mary she will need time to shop for ingredients, unless Mary will provide those, too. So Beth wouldn't be heading straight over to Tom's, would she? Gah, this hurts.
And Anonymous #2 is correct,the word Moy is searching for is "single" not "bachelor".

Jay Kay said...

@Sandi Ego:

Come what may, I distrust that Karen Moy is endeavoring to investigate neoteric terminology!

If she is, she thoroughly rejects contemporary expressions once she identifies them, apparently!

Dave in Parma said...

Tuesday: I love the perspective in the first panel that Wilbur's pee cam provides.

Is Beth in middle school--"I don't want my mom to know I'm out with a boy." Ugh. The quicker these two pair up and move on, the better.

KitKat said...

Beth is dressed for a funeral - in 1989. And, why bring that bulky shoulder bag to (1) establish an alibi at Mary's and (2) high-tail it to Tom's? Is it filled with cooking implements?

A delayed rant re yesterday's strip: The expectation that a "bachelor" is totally incompetent in the kitchen is even more outdated than Beth's wardrobe. Karen Moy must be watching reruns of "My Three Sons" or some other 1960s sitcom that featured incompetent men badly in need of "a woman's touch" - bleah. After Beth cooks Tom's dinner, maybe she'll do his laundry and darn his socks.

fauxprof said...

Tuesday

Wow, so Beth DOES want Mary to lie for her. Just what Mary needs, a moral dilemma. That ought to be good for several days, if not weeks.

If Mary decides to play Friar Laurence to this overaged Romeo and Juliet, she'd best remember how well the original tale turned out. (I'm sure one of those big gray books is an omnibus Shakespeare.)

meg said...

Dawn: She wouldn't like it. It would make her angry. And you wouldn't like her if she gets angry.

Mary: What's the diff? I hate the old bitch now.

Dave in Parma said...

ooooooooppps.

Typo in my (:32 post. Should read 'peep'.

Anonymous said...

"connecting" = "hooking up"

Link3220 said...

Damn, I was hoping Beth was going to Mary's to borrow a box of condoms. It's just as well, she would probably have to show Tom how to use those, too.

Link3220 said...

Old people should never decorate with rugs on top of rugs. It's a recipe for a broken hip. But I have to give Mary props for keeping every fringe on the bottom rug perfectly straight.