Saturday, May 25, 2013

Mary Worth 1,602

I think you mean, "It's all the fault of that workaholic, bachelor... BABY man! Tom Harpman!"

Today's Full Strip

34 comments:

Monica said...

That...MAN. TOM HARP...MAN.

He's like the anti-James Bond.

Thorpnotized said...

Just how short is Elinor? Does she get down on her knees to open her door?

(My PYNAR words today are "agembook experience". Must be what you have when you read one of Beth's romance books.)

daniel pike said...

It's going to be terrifying when Aqua Man confronts J Jonah Jameson.

Peggy Olson said...

Daniel Pike: You are so correct! Tom is Aqua Man (without the super hero powers, of course). And in today's panel, Elinor is definitely played by Peter Parker's boss.

Who is Beth? She reminds me of Peppermint Patty's friend in Peanuts - without the big glasses.

daniel pike said...

I'm the son of the legendary blogger Dennis Pike. Spider Man is going to foil J Jonah Jameson's plans to sabotage Aqua Man and Beth's relationship built on cold franks and mush carrot chops.

TeacherPatti said...

Peggy, you mean Marcy? A girl in my sorority back in college looked like Marcy; it was hard to make eye contact with her b/c it was pretty funny.

I can just hear the Batman theme...da-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-na HARP MAN!

Or, if you prefer, the theme from "SpiderPig" "Tom Harp Man, Tom Harp Man, doesn't whatever a Tom Harpman does!"

JustSayin' said...

Elinor/Skelinor is plotting her revenge against that...MAN. First, she'll run him over (repeatedly) with her Hoveround. Then, when she's got him cowering on the ground, she'll mash him good with her walker (the one WITHOUT the tennis balls on the bottom!). That'll teach him to take her nurse-maid, I mean daughter, away from her!

And BethDear... well, she'll thank Elinor/Skelinor for saving her from that...that MAN! That utter beast. And if not, Elinor/Skelinor will show her the contract she had BethDear sign when she was an infant that stipulated that for bringing her into this world, BethDear owes absolute devotion to her mother and ONLY her mother for however long they both shall live.

dennis pike said...

with Beth neglecting Elinor it seems Elinor has not been getting her estrogen medication for she seems to be growing sideburns

Brick said...

Peggy and Patti - Bookworm Beth reminds me of Velma from Scooby Doo, and Elinor could so easily fit into that cartoon as a villain.

Today's door, dresser and bud vase set the eerie scene.

Dave in Parma said...

Nice to see Elinor channeling her inner (or outer actually) Christopher Walken today.

Maybe she just needs more cowbell.

daniel pike said...

You know the old saying if you want to konow how your old lady is going to look. You need to look at her mother Ugh Beth's in trouble she's going to turn into George Burns.

fauxprof said...

There are so many ways Elinor/Skelinor can wreak vengeance on that MAN--but will she be murderous or insidious? Actually, I kinda see her planting some sort of phony evidence that Tom is a cheat and a philanderer. Of course, weak-minded Beth will believe this without question.

Brick said...

Or Beth will be scared from Tom's place by a sour-smelling purple phantom, which turns out to be Elinor and a few mirrors.

Chin Napkin Groupie said...

Elinor looks positively homicidal. We can only hope.

TeacherPatti said...

Brick, I would give ANYTHING to have this "story" end with Beth saying, "Now let's see who my mom REALLY is", pull off the mask and find out she's really Mr. Dithers, the creepy guy who runs the carnival.

Brick said...

I agree, Patti - "I would have gotten away with it if it weren't for you meddling kids."

And after they find sweet-natured Elinor tied to a chair in the attic, Beth remembers that her mom has always loved asparagus.

There is no other ending in which Beth and Tom could possibly live happily ever after.

Dave in Parma said...

Sunday: "Quick! She needs mouth to mouth resuscitation! Someone call a Doctor! Where's I an?"

That should call Elinor's bluff in a hurry.

Chester the Dog said...

Welcome to my party, Beth dear. What have I been reading while you have been seeing Tom? Oh, a little Poe. That mortar, oh nothing. Lets visit the basement for a while. Those bricks? Oh, nothing to worry about. Read me your new romance novel, Beth, as I put up the bricks, one by one. Can't breathe, Beth? here, nibble on a carrot. I know how you like them.

Anonymous said...

In Sunday's strip, it looks like Elinor is feigning a heart attack. In Monday's strip, it looks like Beth may have whacked her with the door.

Please, please, let it be the latter!

--Beagle Vet

KitKat said...

This plot is so ridiculous, I can't bring myself to comment on it today. The only thing I'll offer is another Beth look-a-like: Honey Huan, from Doonesbury: http://doonesbury.slate.com/strip/cast/member/22

If Elinor dies, I hope she takes Beth and Tom with her.

kathyo said...

"I'm going to get help..." Has BethDear ever heard of something called Dial 9-1-1?

MissScarlet said...

I don't want Beth to call 911. I want her to get Mary. Then Mary can deduce with her magic powers that Elinor is malingering. Yes! Then there can be a Mary-Elinor smackdown. Please?

Sandi Ego said...

So Beth is Lassie now. Maybe she can run to the nearest fire station to summon help.

meg said...

Sandi Ego- re: Lassie. That would only work if Elinor had fallen down a well.

birdie said...

What old lady would be capable of falling like that without fear of broken bones? That is truly impressive. Maybe Elinor should consider an acting career.

Nance said...

MONDAY

I hope the EMTs step all over Beth's ugly purse.

KitKat said...

I wonder if the ambulance will take Elinor to Mountview Hospital. Maybe the assorted Drs. Corey/Corey-Hewlett will be pressed into service. We remember them, but Karen Moy has consigned them to Santa Royal Oblivion.

Meanwhile, Elinor's shape-shifting cane has shrunk.

KitKat said...

Make that Santa Royale Oblivion...I don't want the S.R. Chamber of Commerce on my back.

fauxprof said...

Blue rug, orange couch, green walls, pink curtains...it's enough to make anyone pass out. (Or, in Moy's terminology, be "stricken".)

Nice ceiling, though.

Dave in Parma said...

"Condo number? We're Building B; I told you. Just follow the meddling white haired lady with the knotted cravat and you'll be sure to find us."

It could be a cane, but hopefully that's a hook to mercifully extract Beth from this plot.

JustSayin' said...

How nice of Elinor/Skelinor to use vital resources like 911 and the ambulance for her little drama queen ploy. I hope they use the defibrillator on her...

Anonymous said...

Beth, listen to me.. grab a pillow from the sofa..press it against Mom's face.. If she struggles, you know who you're dealing with.. If she doesn't..well.. Either way..Que sera sera.

limber Joe said...

I've fallen, and I can't get up!

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