Yes, the mother who takes her ten year old daughter out to a public restaurant to celebrate straight A's and to let her know that daddy is leaving forever is definitely making some good parenting choices.
Today's Full Strip
Mary and Jeff are giving the play-by-play of this scene of domestic distress. Oh, Jeff, that has to have hurt!Yes, Mary, the mother is down for the count.But wait, the daughter is there to pick up the slack.And the mother, yes, yes, she's coming back- Noooooo, that's it for mom, and the whole ugly drama is going to play out.
Distraught Mom leans into little Frannie to whisper, "If we make our move now, we can get out of here before that old biddy and her sidekick get to us. On the count of three, baby, run - I'd rather be back with your father than fall into her clutches!"
LOL, meg.Yes, that mother is raising her right. Go ahead and put your elbow in your plate. It's okay, as long as you are discussing a Family Tragedy in public.Any bets as to how long this dinner scene will take? How long will we be in the Bum Boat? Will this actually be A Plot? Or will it simply fade off, like the doctor at Promise Haven?
However much sympathy Mary has for Distraught Momma and straight-A Frannie, she's been quick to whip her dessert over to the other side, so this family in distress can't get to it. You can never be too careful with these people.
Rather than make a judgment about Mary and Jeff's ethnocentric comments about the parenting of their fellow diner, I will just wish that fish above the mom's head will break into a chorus of "Climb Every Mountain!" Humming that tune certainly got Mary through the Arizona desert last summer. . .
With Jeff & Mary so focused on Depressed Mom & Daughter, I wish there was a view of some of the other tables and their dramaPerhaps there's a ''I'm breaking up with you, because I'm in love with your sister!'' scenario going on at table 3... Or maybe, two ne'er do wells are plotting their next bank robbery, while they nibble away at the Scallop Special at table 4? There may even be a sobbing pony-tailed waitress, being comforted by the Incredible Shrinking Waiter, because she's concerned about her hoarder roommate... But we'll never know, because Jeff & Mary are only focused on Mom of The Year & her Perfect Daughter.Sigh...
Mary and Jeff stay in top physical condition by always jumping to conclusions.
What plausible reason can Karen Moy come up with for Mary to get involved in this situation? OK, "plausible" is not a requirement in the Worthiverse. I'd guess that weepy Mom will discover that deadbeat Dad has maxed out the credit card, and Mary will come to the rescue and pay the bill.
Frannie was so neatly coiffed until today. Her little pony tail is coming undone, just like her mom.
The bearded waiter (?) of yesterday didn't appear to be one of the famous McSnooty brother waiters, unless he's maybe one of their black sheep cousins. Anyway,I notice he's removed the candle from Frannie and Mom Weeper's table. Can't be too careful after Jeff nearly set his menu on fire the other day!
"That little girl is comforting her mother, Jeff, and it's breaking my heart!"Doesn't Frannie know she's supposed to let Mary do the comforting? How else is Mary going to do her merry meddling?
How old is Frannie? Her conversation makes her sound like a 6-year old, but today she's almost the same size as Weepy Mommy."That little girl is comforting her mother, Jeff...and it's breaking my heart! I'm going to ask the manager to make them leave the restaurant so we can enjoy our dessert in peace!"
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