Just what every workaholic bachelor divorcé wants: A wife who cooks AND treats him like her own little four-year-old child.
Today's Full Strip
Wow. Tom Harpman's hairline is receding at a very alarming rate. If that's a wig, he needs to excuse himself and realign that thing.Tomorrow, Beth Kinley will explain why the Food Pyramid is no longer used, and will whip out a chart showing the new My Plate graphic.Is this whole storyline a PSA for the USDA?
Once Beth is out from under the thumb of Elinor, she becomes a witchy little thing, doesn't she?!?Yesterday she corrects Tom's carrot cutting and today she talks to him like he's a child...BUT, HE LIKES IT!!! He's absolutely smitten with her. No wonder his first wife left him; she didn't want to be his mother.
At least she shouts the whole phrase "SOME KIND OF VEGETABLE."If this were Mark Trail, where everybody talks as if they had Tourette's Syndrome, it would be "some KIND OF vegetable."
Wanders, you forgot "this lonely"!as in "This lonely workaholic bachelor divorcé wishful-thinking-addict"!
Boiled carrots and over-salted beige patties. That Beth sure is a great cook! And she understands the importance of having some kind of vegetable in one's diet now and then. Yep, she's a keeper, Tom! I'm sure she's better wife material than your ex.
Beth Kinley's Some Kind of CarrotsBring one gallon of water to a brisk, rolling boil. Add one full cup of salt. Add four sliced, raw carrots (well-rinsed). Cook until limp and soggy. Serve immediately to clueless "bachelor".On a side note, try to imagine sitting at Tom's counter, using one of those stools. Sidesaddle, maybe?
"These carrots look great!" What a handy, versatile line. Going to work it in to every conversation I have today!
It's good to see Chin Napkin's impersonation of a common dish towel. Does his talent have no bounds?And how could bachelor workaholic Tom Harpman not fall in love with a conversationalist like Beth Kinley?
Let us all wish Elinor success in breaking up this budding relationship, lest Beth and Tom marry and reproduce.
I wonder if Tom's ex wife ever fed him... Or did they live on takeout and hot dogs? I also wonder if Tom's next lesson will be How To Brush Your Teeth, A Bachelor's Guide.''It's a good idea to put some kind of toothpaste on your toothbrush. There are many varieties, so I'm sure you'll find something you like!''
Sad to see that Chin Napkin is reduced to playing character roles and is no longer a leading linen.Note for Elinor: my WV is fockma. Take it for what you will.
The orange door (behind the orange stool) has a window. What kind of kitchen is this? It reminds me of Diner.Note Beth holding that plate in the second panel. Does anyone else remember the old commercial for Joy dish detergent? "It's so clean, I can see myself!"Egad, how many more days until we see Elinor at Mary's door, searching for her daughter?
@meg, It's probably true that the curtains in Mary Worth are the leading textile, but just look how Tom strokes and admires it!Chin Napkin gets its props, in its own ways...
Enough with the vegetables, already! Please move on to some other topic of conversation. I personally would like to know why these to are so enamored with each other, when they have not spent any quality time together. A (non-intimate) dinner and grocery shopping? They barely know each other.
Good point, NonnyMus; Tom's thought balloon of infatuation is directed to Chin Napkin, not Beth.
Speaking of 'some kind of vegetable', has anyone checked on Elinor lately?
Dave In Parma, FTW!And now Beth has slipped into something more comfortable, a frilly white apron. Did she bring it with her or is it Tom's? Or Tom's ex-wife's? I totally want to know.
What's with Tom's expression in panel 2? Is he about to sneeze (using chin napkin as a hankie--yet more versatility!) or is there suddenly an offensive odor permeating the kitchen?
Why is Beth cooking a ghost?
@Sandi Ego at 1:07 PM, I wondered about the ruffly apron also. It appeared in the interval between the Saturday and Sunday strips. Maybe Beth whipped it out of her shoulder bag, just like she did the food, in an attempt to wow Tom with her Suzy Homemaker persona. (An apron like that is useless - just wait till the steam from those boiled carrots soaks her ugly purple jersey.)
I would absolutely love it if after all of Tom's thought balloons, Beth came out with something like "You know, Tom, I just really want to be friends."
"These carrots look GRATE!" she said as she shredded them into oblivion.
Geez, Tom's thought bubbles are getting creepier by the second. He already seems to be planning their wedding. Then again, one bite of Beth's Soak-N-Salt Carrots™ would make any man go crazy with desire.
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