That's right, Iris. Acknowledgement is the first step to recovery from certain "propensities" to engage in "behaviors" that could be "problematic" and make one "susceptible" to returning to "prison."
Welcome to Subtext Theater, folks!Wow.What they're really saying:Iris: Tommy has a lot of problems already, but I was trying to avoid dealing with them by losing myself in Going Back To School.Mary: Not trying to be judgy, but wake up and see what's happening! Your kid is in trouble, and as his mother, you need to Do Something About It.
The story's going nowhere, but the daylilies are doing well. No drought induced sprinkling ban in Santa Royale, unless Mary has told Mr. Allora to ignore it.
@Nance hit the nail on the head. This strip needs surtitles that translate this inane dialogue.Another reason that Tommy's (ahem) "situation" is Mommy Iris's fault: If she hadn't decided to move to a larger apartment, Tommy wouldn't have hurt his back. Iris Beedie: selfish, thoughtless, insensitive, and all-around terrible mother, as judged by Mary Worth.
Apparently, recognizing Tommy's "vulnerabilities" doesn't include anything related to opiates, even though he did time for drugs.
I miss old Mary. I don't recognize this one.
Old Mary is gone FOREVER as is Chin Napkin. Also, I would LOVE to know how it is DECIDED when to place EMPHASIS on which WORD. There doesn't appear to be any LOGIC associated with it, not that I'm SURPRISED.
There, you see, Iris, it's all YOUR fault! Mary conveniently forgets that she didn't utter a peep when the urgent care doc wrote Tommy B. a scrip for the big V.!Mary looks too relaxed and casual. She should be more plastic, more uptight.
I totally miss the old Mary, too. She never said things like "I don't know". She doesn't look like Grace Slick any longer.
Iris - "Mary, this pie tastes interesting. It tastes like blueberry but there is definitely something else in here. Can you share the recipe?"Iris begins to get drowsy.Mary - "Yes dear, it's my old family recipe of Kelk, Splak and Ketamine. More pie?"Iris begins to slur her words and is fading fast.Iris - "diddddd yu sa ke."...."Iris hits the floor.Mary - "Iris should be out for a while. Time to fix this Mary's way. To the meddle mobile!"
"Kelk, Splak, and Ketamine"! Hahahahahaha!I like the old Mary's face much better...plus old Mary's eye sockets were never empty.The new artist can actually draw somewhat realistic blue jeans, however.
FRIDAYGood grief, is this plot actually nearing its end like THIS? Tomorrow and Sunday will feature Iris and Tommy spending quality time bowling together. Jerry and Tina will be on an adjacent lane, and both Jerry and Tina (who couldn't find another janitor or guy to date, respectively), will give Tommy another chance. The next day, Her Royal Smugness Mary Worth will observe Iris and Tommy smiling together and will pat herself on the back. Another serious social problem resolved by meddling!
Wasn't Olive supposed to come for a visit over summer vacation? Yeah, I'm that desperate to be out of this infuriating Tommy storyline. Of course, given The Tee-Hee Taylors' level of parental neglect, Olive may be on a messed up trajectory as well. Forget it, let's go watch Toby sculpt little gray animals.
Isn't Mary going to send home some pie for Tommy? What does a single woman do with a whole pie?
@Carlye: Eat it, of course! Yummy!
Maybe Toby can sculpt Mary and Iris some eyeballs. Or maybe Dr. Jeff or Dr. Drew or Dr. Jeff's Daughter Whose Name I've Forgotten Since She Hasn't Appeared In Years can fix Mary's and Iris' ocular muscles so their eyeballs don't retract into their eye sockets.
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