Mary, still full of youthful vigor, pulls off the overhand-overhead twist as she propels orange juice into Toby's cup.
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Is Toby resting her right elbow on the kitchen counter, or is she recoiling from Mary in horror?
Not only does Mary pull off the overhand-overhead twist with the orange juice (which isn't easy -- I tried it), she does it with her left hand.
Toby seems awfully dismissive, maybe even downright hostile, toward the "boyfriend." I'm guessing she's bored out of her gourd with Professor Chinbeard and was hoping for a fling with Harpman. Curses, that hussy Beth has ruined everything!Mary must use a ladder to dust the top of her fridge.
Really?? Several weeks later?? We don't get to see the fireworks when Beth comes home and gets grilled by Elinor as to where she was, who she was with, what she was doing? I feel CHEATED!! Unless this means we're moving on to the next non-Beth/Elinor/Tom plot. In that case, carry on.
What happened to Mary's left arm? It's shortened and cramped and seems so weak. Did she have a stroke while our lovers were cooking dinner?I love how Toby downs that glass. It obviously contains vodka with the OJ. Now we know why she spends so much time with an older woman. They're drinking buddies!
Several weeks later and:1. Toby is still a snarky gossip2. Mary has holes in her kitchen floor3. Toby is perpetually dressed "for a run"4. Mary has Man Hands5. Mary might be throwing a gang sign in Panel One6. Toby isn't trustworthy enough for anything but plastic cups
Perhaps Toby is recoiling because that is milk, not orange juice. Milk that has been sitting a bit past the Use-By date. The carton has even swelled noticeably in panel two. (Toby drinks it anyway.)
@Nance,Minor correction to #4. Mary has one man hand!Do you know what gang sign Mary's doing with her right hand?
Suddenly, I have the need to talk to a time Lord to explain the quantum leap to me. Rats...Dr. Who doesn't have any openings until next month. By that timeToby will have finished her drink.
Hopefully tomorrow we will see panels for "several weeks earlier" when all the drama played out - Elinor busting down Tom's door when Beth and Tom were kissing on their carrot glop dinner date, Elinor pressing Mary into lying (or feeling awkward), Beth torn between chosing her mother or Tom, Tom crying on Mary's shoulder, reconciliations, etc.
I'm thinking that Elinor has taken a trip to visit family out of state and her return is not anticipated.
I think that gang sign is The Moe, made famous by Moe Howard of the Stooges. Mary is ready to poke Beth's eyes for suggesting she lie to an(other) old lady.
It's obvious Toby is "three sheets to the wind" and I think Joe just forgot to draw a cigarette in Mary's hand. Or...uh oh, Mary is wearing an apron...hope she didn't drop her cigarette in the cake batter! Those two gals must be having one hummdinger of a gossip fest this a.m.! Lots to catch up on.
Wanders, thank you for the lovely ukelele performance- I can't wait for my hubby to open his birthday gift. I only wish he could sing.As to Mary and Toby, zzzzz. I want to see Elinor. My wish is for Beth to create a cozy little opium den for Mama Kinley to keep her from caring about TomBeth's torrid romance.
Mary's prosthetic arm has been fitted to her left hip for extra range of motion. Sling that OJ Mare!
What a major letdown! I wanted to see Elinor really get her claws out, and here it is, weeks later, and nothing dramatic has happened! If we go onto another story, I really will scream!
"Elinor dear, would you care to join me in a piece of cake?"
Mary's cut-off back and creepy Halloween mask are freaking me out!!
Tom and Beth must not be very discreet if Toby's seen them several times. I assumed Elinor would be a lot quicker on the uptake - she hasn't yet caught on to Beth's coupling? Elinor needs meddling advice; maybe she should write to "Ask Wendy."
Yes-- Toby; be discreet--Tom's wife might find out.And again I'm compelled to ask--how old are they? Even Dawn Weston wasn't this immature, and I don't say that lightly.
If Elinor finds out about Beth & Tom, Beth will be grounded for sure. Again, just how old are these people- considering one has already been married & divorced, and the other is supposedly a published author? Not to mention, Elinor looks waaaaaay past menopause, like 20-30 years past, so I'm guessing Beth is at least 35ish?
Cocktail Hour at CharterstoneGood morning, all, it's Drinks O'Clock at Charterstone!And of course, each and every resident has a favorite libation.For Mary Worth, it's a handy pre-mixed carton of screwdrivers. The calcium supplement in the OJ is good for Mary's old bones, and if you buy the store brands of vodka and of orange juice, it's extra cheap!For Toby Cameron, it's whatever is free, and Mary is always willing to pour up for someone who will listen to her nattering on. If Toby had her druthers, she would drink a Skinnygirl whiskey sour, but it doesn't really matter after the first few sips. Mary may be a cheapskate, but she likes her drinkies like she likes her men- strong and properly aged.For Ian Cameron, he has a great preference for the beverage of his homeland. Tell us, Ian, what'll ye have? "Gezz a glass ay scotch watter o'life an' make it a dooble oan th' dooble!"For Elinor Kinley, she must have exactly what she wants when she wants it. This early in the morning, it's a large mug of brandy with a double shot of Metamucil on the side. Later in the day, she'll be happy (or as happy as she can be) with a glass of absinthe with a side of bitters. For Beth Kinley, it's got to be regular water with gin, easy on the water.For Tom Harper, totally whipped by Beth, it's just regular water.For Mr. Alora, it must be a flask at the ready in his wheel barrow, filled with whatever he can bum from Mr. Allora, who still has the original extra l in his name. For Nola Wolverson, it's whatever she can steal from her neighbors while they are passed out. This morning, she's enjoying Toby's and Beth's leftovers.And although Dr. Jeff doesn't live at Charterstone, he's an unofficial member of the Charterstone Drinking Society, and he drinks whatever Mary will let him have. So far, that's been exactly nothing.
Okay, I'll bite. How did the carton grow from quart to half-gallon size in the length of time it took Toby to chug a glass of juice?
@ La Cieca, It's Uncle Joe's special brand of crazy...er.... magic!Keep reading and you'll see outfits suddenly change, faces morph into frightening or amusing masks and decor change without warning.The only constant is the ants... oh, and the great acting ability of Chin Napkin. That is one magical textile!!
Hey, isn't it time for a Charterstone pool party, where Elinor can see Tom and Beth canoodling? Oh, please, please, I'll bring the salmon squares!
Thursday: Oh, the drama!I like how Mary is using her swiss army hand in panel 1, pulling the knife finger option out to prepare her sandwich.
The Mary Worth Finger of Meddling Doom is in full alert mode. Looks like Tom and Beth are in the place Wilbur and Kurt, his Not Son, used to frolic. Ah, those were the golden days, plot wise!
NonnyMus@4:44pmPlease do not refer to Chin Napkin as a textile. He prefers the term Servette. Thank you for your consideration.
Per the above, Chin Napkin has advised me that the correct spelling of his moniker is Serviette. Please accept my apologies.
Ha! Just don't use the term "chin napkin" in England. You don't want a British napkin anywhere near your chin.
@Chin Napkin Groupie: Is 'Moist Towelette' any relation to Chin Napkin?
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