The most intriguing part of this delightful panel is the phrase "Charterstone matters." I know it's a euphemism, but it sounds a lot more menacing than mere meddling.
Today's Full Strip
Ah, yes, Jeff. Checking Wanders' meticulous archives, it seems the last time we saw Jeff was TEN MONTHS AGO! And I believe the last time he was mentioned was Mary telling Toby he was too busy fundraising to accompany her to Pax.Fundraising...while Mary was off for her arid hiking and meddling vacation in the desert, Jeff met a very promising contributor. A fabulously wealthy, fantastically gorgeous divorcee, who is interested in Jeff at a much deeper lever than boat rides or the occasional meal at the Bum Boat. But she isn't shallow. In fact, she speaks Vietnamese, is a licensed nurse practitioner, and wants to take Jeff back to Peace Village--on her yacht. So wipe that sappy look off your face, Mary. You've been replaced.
@fauxprof at 7:15 AM, that gorgeous Vietnamese divorcee might explain the ga-ga look on Jeff's floating face. Jeff's looking porky, too - fuller face, a looming double chin with a cleft.Mary has an extremely odd posture in the first panel, I guess brought on by her failed attempt to act coy. Fuggedaboutit, Mary.
I had to look at the old Worthy awards this week to see what a plot is. In 2013 we've had:Pink cakeTom & BethVacationSandwiches with WilburOnly 3 months left. Has anybody checked Moy's pulse?
I can't wait to see the panel where Toby finds all of the decapitated heads in Mary's freezer.
Mary seems to have aged Dr. Jeff considerably in her mind. When we last saw him, he didn't have the greying hair at his temples, or the double chin. It will be interesting to see what he really looks like the next time we him in person.[ NOTE: To verify this, I checked the Mary Worth and Me archives and found the "Handsome Jeff Trifecta" panel that Wanders posted on February 24, at the end of the John Dill / cake contest plot. ]
I think MW in Panel One is a first in the world of comics--a Photoshopped head. Is this year a record for Floating Heads? It has to be. And I think "Charterstone Matters" should be our unofficial slogan. It works on a couple of levels. Hee hee.
Well, I wish I had a white remote control like Wilbur is brandishing in panel one. It would be much easier to find in the couch cushions. Perhaps he is trying to fast forward through Mary's meanderings. Hint to Wilbur: use the mute button.
I want a job like Wilbur's, especially with all that planning for unexplained absences away. Sure, Wilbur's trying to give up the ham sammich and bourbon breakfasts, but they've got to catch up with him soon, such that he'll need some "break time" from the hectic Wendy-pace.
Ah yes: Dr. Jeff.We ARE due for our annual "Mary will you marry me? / No, you say? / Well aw shucks I just had to ask" 3 week transition, aren't we?
Today’s strip may be filed under the floating heads category, but this is no cloud surrounding Dr. Jeff's head! He is quite obviously sporting an Elizabethan collar. Whether donned as a fashion statement or to prevent him from chewing a troublesome surgically treated area is not for me to judge. He looks pretty happy, though. Make of that what you will! I apologize for being so pedantic, but in a strip of such quality in terms of accuracy, continuity, plot and character development, etc., these facts are important. Please, we can’t have things misidentified!
Schmoopie-you're right about the ruff. We can only hope he's wearing a poofy shirt (a la Seinfeld), and anyway, perhaps Mary likes a little bit of the ruff.
Is it just me, or does Aging Dr Jeff look like he's wearing dentures now, too?
Looks like Mary is going to get another free meal at the Bum Boat very soon.
Today, superheroes have become so much more than just comic characters; they give us someone to model ourselves after.
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