"No problem! Oh, and by the way, since my drug conviction and subsequent Vicodin incident, I'm only allowed to pretend to drive. Fasten your seatbelt, Vroom vroom!"
I'm sure this has already been observed, but as Tommy's cannons are rather impressively rendered today, for a guy who's been to prison he has surprisingly few visible tattos.
How come they are not wearing Millennial skinny jeans?
If he was really chivalrous, he would be walking on the outside of Brandy.Kids today, amiright?-- Scottie McW.
So Brandy needs some chivalry in her life? It must be a Bad Boyfriend indeed to make Tommy look good. Somehow, I don’t see him in the role of White Knight. And I rather dread his next interaction with his twin mother, Iris. The next time he calls her “Ma”, I’m gonna barf. Never in my life have I known anyone who called their mother “Ma”.
Tom Powers called his mother Ma. Right name, right era. If only Tommy had some ambition, he could be on top of the world!
Today's Boldface Haiku is titled"I Can't Wait For Maren Koy's Deeply Compassionate Take On Boyfriend Abuse, In Which Brandy's Ex Is Such A Character And Tommy Offers Her A Basket Of Muffins And A Shower Radio".Thanks ride home!No problem! Waiting this!Appreciate...(chivalry!)
I am hoping that Iris comes by to drive Tommy home, and then Tommy asks mom to give Brandy a ride home too. Then Tommy can ask Brandy if she wants to sit in the back seat with him.
At first I was wondering why they were walking if Tommy had given Brandy a ride somewhere, but then I realized that he may have parked several blocks away from the store and that they possibly have not yet reached his car. I'm not sure why he would park so far away. He may like to get a walk in before work, or he could be embarrassed about the condition of his car.
At first I thought Tommy’s hair reminded Brandy of Prince Valiant and thus the “chivalry” remark. Five seconds later I realized Brandy would be clueless about Prince Valiant, plus Tommy in no way looks like him. For one thing, PV had a better hair stylist. I’m guessing Tommy cuts his own hair with kitchen scissors and using Ma Iris as a model.Brandy formerly worked at Medical Practice but her doctor boss kept hitting on her and forgot to tell her he was married.
Oddly enough, Tina the Waitress, Tommy’s ex, referred to him as a ‘gentleman’ when he offered to walk her to her car (5/30/2014). Are we being reminded of Tommy’s genteel, prison-honed manners for a reason?
Wanders, the secret message is awesome!Meg, genteel, prison-honed manners is exquisite.Everyone, great comments today. My fondest wish would be for Tommy to summon an Uber ride and it turns out to be Jared.
It is with great fear and trepidation that I say ...... Hmmm, this new plot seems like it could be really interesting!@meg: OMG! It's been FOUR YEARS since Tommy was crushin' on a co-worker. I can't believe it! It seems like only yesterday. I wonder if the mess in the rest room at Jerry's Sandwich Shop is still there? Yuk!The Giella Tommy looks SO DIFFERENT from the Brigman Tommy! Less muscular, but with a better hairstyle. Iris and Tommy weren't twins back then.
@Downpuppy at 8:47 AM: You sent me into a Cagney vortex that ended up involving IMDb. Tom Powers was the Cagney character in “Public Enemy”. It’s likely he called his mother “Ma”. But the famous line “Top of the world, Ma!” Was from “White Heat”, with Cagney as Cody Jarrett. Tommy Beedie is no Jimmy Cagney, I’m afraid. Not even if he sings “Yankee Doodle Dandy”.
I had to go back to older posts to see the Uncle Joe Tommy as compared to the Tommy of today. Tommy's coif, although "crayola" blonde was much neater as compared to "I cut my hair with a hedge trimmer" Tommy. When going down memory lane, Iris had a floating head image of Tommy mopping the floor in jail under the watchful eye of a prison guard with a AK-47 rifle in his hands. The first thought I had was "Was Tommy in a Peruvian jail?" Also Jerry, from Jerry's Sandwich shop had a totally different look. He was a less oily version of Harlan Jones. When last we saw Jerry after someone messed up the bathroom (probably Wilbur after too many mayonnaise sandwiches) he looked like Curly Joe DeRita from the Three Stooges. As KM would say "Continuity! We don't need no stinkin' continuity!"
I have a feeling that all narcotic usage is now buried in the past and forgotten. Not only will it not be a part of this plot, I'm betting it won't even be mentioned. This is the new and improved 'gentlemanly' Tommy, who nevertheless can't keep a job (probably because he keeps hitting on his co-workers).
@fauxprof - Wow - that's more research than Karen Moy does in a month. I got distracted by Mae Clark & let it go.Time to go sit in the box for 2 minutes and feel ashamed.
Oh..Claremont and Brewster...isn't that where the SantaRoyaleMart is, the one where Tommy was...fired?
THURSDAY The ellipsis between “to” and “hang out” speaks volumes. Too bad it’s not in boldface so Nance can include it in the boldface haiku. We could use a flashback to Tommy hanging out, which would include a trash-strewn street corner and Tommy wasting time with bad companions, say a guy wearing a backwards ball cap, smoking.
Oh my gosh, what a burn! Yeah, the neighborhood is getting better now that the low life druggies aren't hanging around anymore. Awkward!
Hmmm ... still interesting! I'm not bored yet.@Chester the Dog: Santaroymart is where they caught teenaged Tommy shoplifting (Mary Worth #1780). Tommy got fired from Jerry's sandwich shop (Mary Worth #2378).
My wild guess is that Brandy has an abusive boyfriend (hence the thought bubble about chivalry). Tommy will get involved and it goes badly. Maren Koy will succeed in trivializing domestic abuse.
I think we're heading into a classic "You lied to me!" story. I can't even imagine how long it will take (groan) but at some point, after Tommy and Brandy become heavily involved, her cousin, Tuco Salamanca, will show up and recognize Tommy from his good old drug dealing days. Brandy will be crushed that Tommy never revealed this part of his past to her and that's when Mary will decide to stop in at Freda's to see if she can hawk her muffins there. So, I guess I'll see you guys in November.-hmm
KitKat -Check out today's Comics Curmudgeon. He's posted several strips of Tommy from his meth lab days.
Miss Scarlet, thank you! What fun to lurch down memory lane with Tommy! His history is even longer than I remembered!
FRIDAY Here's hoping Brandy suggests one of her favorite places to dine, Jerry's Sandwich Shop.
@KitKat, hilarious!I got nuttin'. -- Scottie McW.
They go to Jerry's and Tommy is immediately confronted by Jerry about the mess in the bathroom that STILL hasn't been cleaned up.Are we ever going to find out what Brandy's problem is or are going to go through a week of Tommy and Brandy driving around aimlessly having an inane conversation.
@KitKat and Regina Wolfe-Parks: I was thinking about Jerry's Sandwich Shop (Shoppe?) and the mess in the bathroom, too! Great Mary Worth minds think alike!In other news, I recently spent some time reading the old MW strips on the official MW website. It goes all the way back to 1996! And it's hilarious! In 1996, Mary and Jeff meet for the first time and go on their first date at a restaurant, just like Tommy and Brandy today, except they go to the Bum Boat. And Mary calls it a "greasy spoon" afterwards! Plus, you get to see Toby looking out of the window and spying on the neighbors over and over again, and Ian complains about it. SO AWESOME!!!!
Maxwell Bacon thanks for the tip! The older strips are hysterical. I saw the one with Chinbeard introducing Dawn. We are always kidding that she’s really 40. In these strips SHE REALLY looks 40! The best is when she calls Chinbeard her “honorary grandfather”. Funny stuff.
SATURDAYRomance is blossoming! Who will disappoint whom first, Tommy or Brandy? I think Brandy will break Tommy's heart, and then he will fall into the consoling arms of ... DAWN WESTON!
Maxwell Bacon, not Dawn! Why, this morning I was thinking, “A day without a Weston is like a day with sunshine.”
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