Monday, July 1, 2013

Mary Worth 1,624

A family is on its way? Oh, joy. Oh, rapture. Although I will say that was a suspiciously short engagement.

Workaholic Tom Harpman doesn't seem too interested in helping Mr. Allora.

41 comments:

heydave said...

It is obvious!
Nothing happens sans Mary
The gag, it is strong...

Yahoonski said...

Has Mary always lived in a first-floor unit herself, or is she peering from Mr. Allora's office, where she stayed behind to freshen up after paying him a little visit to grease the skids, so to speak?

NonnyMus said...

At least Mr. Allora gets to have two legs this time!

JustSayin' said...

This installment brings mixed feelings. Yes, it's fantastic news that this insipid story arc is now officially DONE. On the other hand, it was so vacuous content-wise that it's like leaving a Thanksgiving feast after sampling only a cranberry or two.

Talk about phoning it in...

MissScarlet said...

Is Mary trying to mess with the Harpmans? I thought she said the Johnsons' lived in 2G.

Anonymous said...

I'm just darned aggravated that I didn't get invited to the wedding. Elinor in her mother of the bride gown would certainly have made all the society pages.

And, Mary would have been the belle of the ball, much like last year's big NY wedding.

KitKat said...

Mary is brandishing a switchblade knife as she prepares to fend off the Santa Royale Grammar Police. "THIS family is on THEIR way"?! Book her, SRGP.

Brick said...

@ JustSayin' - 11:15
Well said, but at this table, we might be better off hungry.

then again... the story was a turkey.

(ba-dump bump)

Gina said...

There's a big A on the wall. Are Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor going to burst in and start dancing? At this point, it would take something that spectacular to redeem this vapid non-story.

Mary's Time Amphetamines said...

In a world where it can take two weeks for a character's heart to beat, and an inhale/exhale can take a month, what's up with this sudden acceleration of time?! I so want to call that smug Mary a &^%$# and a huge +&&%, not to mention a filthy @$#%^, but I won't.

Megalomaniacal Mafiosa Mary said...

Ahhh... play my little puppets... play. I AM YOUR GOD!!!

Chin Napkin Groupie said...

Geeze, Tom, you're paying an awfully steep price for some home cookin'. Won't be long before you're yearning for your lonely, workaholic bachelor days.

Anonymous said...

Let's all chip in for a creative writing class for Moy. So as not to be overwhelmed, she should start at the middle school level.

Carlye said...

I want to know where they found a 4 bedroom condo in California. Does such a thing exist?

Delilah said...

Ah, the Worthy finger-point! Can a Charterstone pool party be far behind?

Anonymous said...

In defense of Tomdear, Charterstone may be a union shop.

Does the HMA rules allow for unmarried couples to live together at Charterstone? I can't believe that Mary would condone such behavior.

Nance said...

This was worse than a PSA storyline.

Beth and her HUSBAND? Where are we in Time? How far ahead did we go? Or is Mary just being obtuse? What...oh, never mind.

(one of my WV words is "finally")

Maude Findlay said...

We got robbed of a wedding scene- and here I was, hoping that when the minister asked if anyone there objected, Elinor would spring up, mean face intact, sneering; ''Not so fast! What's in this for ME?'' Oh well. I guess tomorrow's strip will begin with a ''Meanwhile...''

Duckduckgoose said...

To entertain myself, I'm imagining Elinor in a purple bridesmaid dress.

Dave in Parma said...

Who said anything about Tom and Beth getting married?

Boy is Tom Harpman going to be peeved (cleaned up phrasing for the family-friendly blog) when he figures out he signed up to help support Elinor AND Beth's husband!

Sandi Ego said...

No wedding, no dreadful bridesmaid dresses, no thank you toast to Mary at the reception, and no pinkcake. So very disappointed.

DaveSF said...

Worst. story. line. ever. Do you think Karen has any shame at all? Seriously, this was the worst.

Imogene said...

I'm not sure how a condo can be bigger and better when it lacks an entry door.

Anonymous said...

What happened to Bonnie Bonnie Johnson's hoard?

Dave in Parma said...

Tuesday: Pool party! (And Mary's response will be "my word! Heavens no!").

KitKat said...

Who refers to a condo as "the [surname] place"? That usage is usually reserved for big old houses that have been owned by the same family for many decades.

I expect that Mary's change will be radical, e.g., ditching the stud earrings for a drop.

Anonymous said...

It would seem that getting married in Santa Royale is even more convenient and hassle-free than in Las Vegas. Here, all that's required is for one partner in the relationship to declare intent to marry. If the other does not offer a clear refusal by the next panel, the matter is settled and they are officially married.

No counseling, no license, no ceremony required. Just the way Mary intended.

Nance said...

MONDAY

Mary looks real butch in Panel One.

Nance said...

TUESDAY, I MEANT TUESDAY!!!

Maude Findlay said...

I suspect Mary's ''change'' will probably involve taking a class at the local community college, where she will meet all sorts of people ripe for meddling. Of course, since this is Santa Royale, all of them will be Caucasian, with either blonde, orange or yellow hair, and they will all be dressed in purple, orange, yellow and lime green.

fauxprof said...

Suggestions for Mary's "change":

1. Marry Jeff
2. Break up with Jeff
3. Stop meddling (RADICAL change)
4. Take her talents to Miami

Anonymous said...

Mary should leave Jeff once and for all and head up to NY and hook up with John Dill.

After all, we haven't seen any pink cakes in ages.

Dave in Parma said...

Maybe the change is that the strip will be drawn in a totally different style, similar to the change that occurred with Judge Parker a few years ago.

That would give us something to talk about. Because we need concrete, relevant things to comment upon. Really.

kathyo said...

Mary's just implying that maybe she ought to "change" her top--like Toby did between panels 1 and 2.

JustSayin' said...

Possible new directions for Mary reflecting life-long dreams of hers:
1.) attend clown college
2.) gender reassignment surgery
3.) join a convent
4.) look into moving to a nudist colony (do they even have these anymore?!?)

(oh no, the verification numbers are back...)

Thorpnotized said...

Since this is the first Toby has heard TB&E have moved into the Johnson place, Mary must not keep her in the loop. I wonder if she even knows that Beth and Tom got married.

KitKat said...

@Thorpnotized's comment reminded me that Toby was extremely dismissive of Tom Harpman when he first appeared (way back in February, people!). Toby made a crack about Mary's soup perhaps getting Tom "out of his SHELL!" I think Toby's romantic advances (she is married to Professor Chinbeard after all) were rebuffed by Tom. Her going ballistic when she gets news of the Harpman nuptials would be welcome.

@kathyo at 12:49 PM, great call on Toby's clothes!

Anonymous said...

Maybe Mary Worth is about to become Marion Worth. None of us saw that coming, because the story lines have been so blah that we're all pretty much asleep.

This is, of course, on purpose. Nobody can write such boring strips unintentionally.

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