Whew! I'm so relieved to know that Harlan Jones is neither lonely nor insane. For a moment I worried that Dawn might be getting herself into some sort of vulnerable situation.
Alfie is a yappy little dog. Another promising storytelling opportunity squandered. And we're back to creepy town. (Because widowers with dogs are never dangerous. Heavens, no.)
I've been driven crazy since yesterday with the line from the old song, "What's it all about, ALFIE?" on a loop in my head and this is it?What a wasted opportunity to join the 21st century.Life is, indeed, brutal.
Beat me to it, smooth. I couldn't be more disappointed that Alfie is not in fact a window-dresser (do they even still exist?) at Lacey's or the resident choreographer at the Santa Royale Little Theatre (because, Moy being Moy, I didn't dare hope that she'd introduce that sort of storyline and not draw on every possible stereotype).Nope, we're left with a canine storyline; perhaps Alfie will come visit Charterstone, casuing the Weston unit to incur the wrath of the board over a violation of the pet policy. That should be enough excitement to get us through four months or so...
My copy editor's eyes noticed this: Harlan says "ever since my wife Sharon passed away," rather than "ever since my wife, Sharon, passed away." So, people, it's possible that Harlan has another wife, or other wives - yay! Of course it's MUCH more likely that Karen Moy wouldn't know an appositive if it hit her in the head, and this is simply her sloppy grammar.In p. 1, is that a vision of an overweight, blowsy Dawn when her disinterest in hiking catches up with her?
Dawn will now earn extra money from her latest Inspiration--running a small business, Dawn's DogSitting Service. As an added bonus, she becomes Physically Fit due to not only walking more, but also using her clients' homes as impromptu yoga studios.
Today the role of Harlan Jones will be played by Burt Reynolds circa "Smokey and the Bandit".
Harlan has become a more casual guy, short-sleeved polo shirt with a sports jacket. Pretty soon he will be wearing his yoga outfit to class (with the sport jacket of course).
Nance, I think you are on to something here with the dog-sitting business. Dawn has hammered the Mary Worth-inspired idea that she needs to get out and meet people and try new things..How better to do it than to a. do yoga b. start a dog-sitting business c. meet new people while walking dogs d. get romantically involved with her art history teacher?... Win. Win. Win. Except for that last one, which is a definite plotline re-tread for Dawn and doubtless the subject of her next therapy appointment as well as a made up letter to Ask Wendy...
Maybe Dawn, Harlan Yogaman, and Alfie can all join the hiking club together.
Nance and LouiseF, considering that Dawn is such a dim bulb, she may think that a dog sitter actually sits on the dog. If so, Alfie may join the late Sharon very soon.
Wasn't there a similar storyline a while back about Professor Chinbeard and Toby? Didn't he hustle her while she was a student of his?
Awwww, WHOSAGOODBOY? WHOSAGOODBOY? Alfie's AGOODBOY!!
Given that sloppy grammar has been cited in the comments already, what about Dawn's use of the word "widowed?" Does KM get a pass here?
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