I'm glad to see Napkin Dispenser is back on the table. I was worried that they wouldn't be able to wipe their invisible food from their chins. Also, is a stick of butter really the best choice for a restaurant?
Today's Full Strip
Where did Mary's neck go?
I think Mary donated her neck to the good folks at the Haven.
While Mary bangs on the napkin dispenser with her spoon to demand real food, the chair at the end of the table quietly munches down another stick of butter.I am betting that, while out shopping for a bag, they will be accosted by a Young Black Person Who Needs Guidance. Mary will heroically hug him and suggest The Haven to him, and he will instantly give up his life of crime. This will become the theme of Dear Old Shelly's speech.
I looked back at Monday and Tuesday's strips and can only surmise that Mary and Shelly's table is moving around the room. Today they are backed into a corner - Mary's chair looks mere inches from a wall. Shelly should be the one with her back to the wall because she is about to be subjected to a painful anecdote from Mary's youth (back when TR was in the White House). If we get a flashback to Mary's childhood tomorrow (on Halloween!), I bet Mary strongly resembles Emily Smith of Goleta.
How rude of Mary to point her spoon at Shelley. Apparently she has not eaten in a fine Manhattan dining venue in many years. If this IS a fine dining venue...oh my WV number is 212 the Manhattan area code!
I think Moy heard of Butter Restaurant in Manhattan and took it literally. A stick of butter and butter knives for utensils. Awesome. http://buttergroup.wix.com/butter-temp-site
I like how Mary has brought The Late Mrs. Dill to NY Restaurant for lunch.Before all MW Readers draw in their collective breaths in anticipation of a Flashback Plot With A Bit Of Excitement And Revelation, let's settle down and remember who is in charge of this strip.Panel Two Today:MW: I wish I'd known The Haven when I was a kid! There were times I could have used it.DOSC: ?Panel One Tomorrow: Narration Line: Mary shares a moment of her troubled past at lunch.MW: My life back then was full of challenges. But that was a long time ago. Let's go get that new bag!DOSC: Time heals all wounds, my dear! Time and friendships!
I thought that was a Daddy-Long Legs spider, climbing off the chair and going after the butter.
Unfortunately, Nance is probably right. Moy has a way of avoiding subplots that might be mildly interesting, sticking to the regular mundane chit chat she favors.Does anyone else find it odd that Mary says, "Meeting Dr. Smith and seeing the kids gives me hope."? Hope for what? (And I think that should be 'give' instead of 'gives'.) DOSC's response is equally strange: "The Haven SAVES SUCH LIVES every day." Who talks this way? Maybe it's an old bag thing.
There is only one Chin Napkin and he doesn't come from a dispenser.
A few months back, Wanders reprinted Mary's reminiscence of her sad childhood as a continuous stream-of-consciousness dialogue. In that format, it was hilarious. However, I fear K. Moy is going to treat us to a repeat of all of those panels, a la "Doonesbury" and "Get Fuzzy" for the lays several weeks.I blame DOSC for responding with that encouraging "?". There's no stopping Mary now.
Eek! Mary's neck looks just like that of the repulsive Dick Tracy villain "Pouch".
Mary looks drunk. And, if you've read Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions, you will recognize the drawing on the chair.
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