Of course Mary had something to do with it, Iris. Mary has something to do with everything. She is mediescient: She meddles everywhere.
Today's Full Strip
Somebody's probably pointed this out before, but harking back to yesterday, I am reminded of the old Norelco Christmas commercials on tv in which Santa slid down the snowy hill on an electric razor while the soundtrack sang "Floating Heads" to the tune of "Jingle Bells."
I've noticed that in this panel, JG has begun to mark off how many days we've ruminated about Jobless Tommy. It's right there, between Mary's gaze and the steam from Iris's cup.Even he feels like it's gone on long enough.
JG is so bored, he's changing Iris's appearance from panel to panel - her age, her hair, her nose...Number 74,694 on the list of oddly worded phrases by Karen Moy: "Found his motivation"
Ah, nothing like sitting in the California sunshine with a steaming mug of something and a plateful of brownish blobs while your face morphs into all kinds of interesting shapes. Life is good!
That's some neat trick Mary is demonstrating there with the way she is holding her mug... Can't think of a more awkward way to have depicted this.
“Mediescient.” What a cool Word for the Day! I’m going to try to use it in a sentence every time I talk to someone today.
If Tommy gets the janitorial gig, and moves into a cozy basement room at Jerry's, perhaps Iris will again to be able to afford her Botox injections.
Premature celebration here. Tommy is only applying for the job. That doesn't mean he's going to actually get it. (Iris' face in panel one looks like the results of a facelift gone horribly wrong.)
For Mary, this plot is done and dusted. She meddled, Tommy saw the light, Iris is thrilled, the end.Karen Moy has asked me to tell everyone that the Tommy plot is officially finished. We will never see him: apply, be rejected or hired; mop;complain; meet the waitress; give Jerry CPR; foil a robbery; be visited at work by his old 'friends'; relapse; win the Pillsbury Bake Off Craft Sandwich Competition; be head-hunted by Subway; thank Mary at his testimonial dinner; date Dawn; have an affair with Toby; go back to school; show up drunk at his Ma's wedding; or anything else. He's walking off into Occasional Character's Sunset, soon to meet up with Jim, Jill, and Nola.
Before the story ends I would like to see a floating head of Tommy smiling and holding a mop. We will all know then that Tommy has redeemed himself to Mary's standards.
@meg: All of those options are awesome! Why don't they let you write this strip?
@DWET: because meg has wit, talent and imagination, three things that must never intrude on the writing of Mary Worth.(The drawing is another matter. I truly believe that Joe Giella is laughing at Moy, and with the rest of us.)
In panel one, I think that Iris has been replace by a Stepford-style robot. She will do Mary's bidding by listening to endless platitudes, saying only, "Tell me more, dear Mary. Do tell me more!"
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