Friday, March 1, 2019

Mary Worth 3077

In comedy, there's this thing called the Rule of 3. A sequence of jokes gets funnier at each reincorporation, up to three times. Go for a fourth and you've crossed a line. You've crossed a line, Moy. You've crossed a line. Unless this isn't meant to be funny and is only meant to demonstrate how desperately lonely (and hungry) Estelle is.

42 comments:

Regina Wolfe-Parks said...

Oh look, Estelle's dating the dud from Mystery Date!

I'm with you Wanders, this is getting really unbelievable. Estelle can't be THAT stupid. If I saw this guy coming, I would not walk, but run to my car. I'd like to know how this guy even ponied up the money to join Silverdates, unless it's a sketchy, free dating site.

Even though KM and JB are giving us endless opportunities to snark, at this stage it's getting ridiculous. No woman in her right mind would pick, let alone date any of these losers. I really think they're both messing with us.

Wanders, I think you need a separate category for the Worthy Awards just for Estelle's hilarious dates.

Anonymous said...

The guy's mouth is dirty because he is licking his plate in panel one. Yeah, I'd say this goes way beyond. The restaurant seems nice enough - the waiter is well- dressed. Doubtful they'd even let that guy through the door. Mary needs to rescue Estelle from this on-line fiasco, stat!

Anonymous said...

Hey, I predicted a couple of days ago that there would be a guy who'd show up with no wallet but June's depiction of him? Yeah, I agree; someone needs to pull June back from the ledge.

Nance said...

Today's Boldface Haiku is titled

"And The Frog-Kissing Continues".

Steak good!
Forgot wallet!
You? Next!
No way!

Michael Beaumier said...

Estelle was obviously raised to believe in Democracy, Equality and the concept that Everyone is Beautiful* — and I applaud her commitment to Jeffersonian Ideals and feel-good platitudes from 1970s-era pop music. But yeah, four days of this is overkill.



(*in their own way)

RobC said...

This guy bears a striking resemblance to the old man in Tuesday's strip. His son perhaps?

Did Estelle not notice his email address was PC_NO8@SANTAROYALE_PUBLICLIRARY.ORG?

Nance said...

You know, this Set Up, as tiresome and predictable as it is, feels necessary to KM, I'm sure. She dropped the foreshadowing line about Estelle being honest in her profile, then she had to parade a string of unsuitable and dishonest Silver Candidates. Now, she'll either take the Easy Way Out and have Prince Honest Charming show up and it's Happily Ever After, or some guy who seems too good to be true and takes Estelle for thousands. If it's the latter, a nice touch would be that Libby hates him.

Enlong said...

You gotta include the first panel, with the date literally licking the plate clean. I know it's only March, but that's a strong contender for panel of the year already.

Chester the Dog said...

Estelle is not going to pay for the dinner? Enjoy your dishpan hands, Estelle! The kitchen is that way!

Anonymous said...

What happened to all the fairly decent looking guys that Estelle showed Mary?

KitKat said...

@RobC at 8:31 a.m., I also figured this guy's Internet access is via a library. I worked in libraries for many years, and they attract some, shall we say, "unusual" people.

I agree - four days of increasingly awful men is no longer amusing. My husband is incensed over this, especially with today's exaggerated slimeball. Mr. KitKat thinks that if gender roles were reversed and a male character was confronted by a series of increasingly terrible women, people would object that such a portrayal is sexist and demeaning to women. However, KM and JB are playing these stereotypical male losers for laughs. I suggested that Mr. K leave a comment on KM's website.

Chester the Dog said...

@kitkat, you are right about the reversing of gender roles. This is offensive. All men on dating sites are losers, it seems to imply.

What happened to all the nice men Estelle showed Mary?

Did Libby snatch them for herself?

Is Libby now enjoying a bowl of the finest cream and fish heads at the Bum Boat with Mr. Right?

TimP said...

If these dates are representative of the Santa Royale dating pool, I'm beginning to see the relative allure of a Wilbur Weston or Ian Cameron, to say nothing of a Jared the Hospital orderly or even clean and sober Tommy for that matter.

Anonymous said...


This is ridiculous. Brigman doesn't even care anymore, if she ever did. No self-respect, no pride in her work. Just crank out the tripe. I take back the nice things I said about her on Monday.

MW makes Beetle Bailey look like Hamlet.

-- Scottie McW.


Garnet said...

I kind of want this to keep going. How repulsive of a date can will Estelle end up with? At this rate, maybe Estelle will show up to a date with a decaying zombie. Maybe then she'll learn to screen her dates at bit.

Jyqm said...

I’m always so shocked by the comments on here. How is this not far and away the funniest thing y’all have seen anywhere this week? My friends with whom I share a daily Mary Worth text thread are absolutely loving this.

June has no self-respect or pride in her work? How can you look at how lovingly this dirty hobo’s scruffy, A1-encrusted face has been rendered and say such a thing?! This is my favorite panel since Wilbur was hiding in the bushes wondering if Zak was a proffesional or into illegal activities.

Tim said...

Her next date will be Cthulthu. The bit about resting in the eternal darkness beneath Arkham won't tip her off.

Yahoonski said...

I think this story line has now officially "jumped the shark," which Fonzie did literally, on water skis, in an episode that marked the beginning of the end for "Happy Days." Nevertheless, I hope the food stains on this guy are from TODAY's meal. And I guess I was wrong about Ted Miller, but maybe he'll show up tomorrow.

LouiseF said...

In this year of 2019, I don't think it's reasonable to assume that Estelle is in it for the food. I'm guessing that typically one would pay for one's own food in an online dating situation. Perhaps Estelle, like we readers, is dating these characters for the snark that leaps into her mind. It's the only payoff she's going to get.

Vince said...

Chester the Dog, you make the easy-to-overlook and yet obvious point that Libby is probably smarter than Estelle. Not only smarter, but quite a bit smarter.

As for Estelle, maybe a night off from the dating circuit?

mr_darcy said...

During Libby's short stay with Mary, Mary talked aloud about Ted Miller. Libby is stretching out on Estelle's keyboard and swiping right on losers so that Ted will look good by comparison. On Ted's first visit to Estelle's apartment, Libby goes Steven King all over him.

Or not.

mr_darcy said...

BTW, if anyone wants to see a montage of bad dates done right, about fifteen years ago there was a TV movie called "See Jane Date". I don't remember details, but at the time I thought the writer did a great job of making the men look flawed without overdoing it.

Chester the Dog said...

I think Estelle's toothbrush spends more time in her purse than hanging over her bathroom sink, if ya know what I am sayin'.

MissScarlet said...

Wanders, I'm glad you suggested a humanitarian reason for Estelle to stay and have dinner with Mr. Homeless. I was at a loss at to why, once she got a look at him, she would still stay for the date. On the other had, maybe she is just that desperate.

Shmoopie said...

Tomorrow’s date will be an avowed nudist. He won’t care that the Bum Boat is not clothing optional. He will joyfully twirl into the restaurant and demonstrate his freeing lifestyle. Out of respect for the restaurant owner, he might put on a dapper bow tie - but that's as far as he'll go. Perhaps some of the other diners will join his cause, following his example there and then. Hilarity - as well as second- and third-degree burns, will surely ensue!

Anonymous said...

Help!I'vefallenandIcan'tgetup!

I vote for the decaying zombie next! Garnet, that made me snort wine out of my nose.

Chester the Dog said...

I can't believe we are still with this nitwit Estelle. Poor Libby has not eaten in days (unless she is doing what I suggested earlier)

Anonymous said...

SATURDAY 03/02 -- "Estelle goes on yet another online date"

Sheesh. 5 in a row now.

KitKat said...

Saturday

Silver Daters has been a bust, Estelle. You might try these alternatives:

Hang around the incinerator room in your Charterstone building. You might meet a normal guy there.

Stake out Food Team and accidentally on purpose bump your cart into that of an interesting man.

Charterstone Pool Party! (Leave Libby at home.)

Regina Wolfe-Parks said...

Now Estelle is dating Jeff Dunham’s dummy, Walter.

Like John Wayne once said (I’ll clean it up and make it family friendly) “This is getting to be re goshdarn diculous. I honestly think JB and KM are trolling us. Estelle cannot possibly that stupid.

If it was me getting all these bad dates, I’d ask Silverdates for my money back.

Mrvy said...

Agreed, Regina. I think JB and KM are saying, "they want to snark about something, WE'LL give them something to snark about!" Possibly twirling their Snidley Whiplash mustaches all the while.

Anonymous said...

Estelle said she wanted someone smart, funny, and that appreciates creative cooking.
This guy seems to meet that criteria.

Regina Wolfe-Parks said...

Sunday: We get a recap of all of Estelle’s dates from hell. It appears JB has totally given up. On the plus side, Wanders will have no trouble finding panels of the year.

KitKat said...

Estelle’s dates went steadily downhill. The last guy looks like an escapee from hell, what with the balding head and the sinister long, pointy fingers. Paging Screwtape!

My prediction: Mary will encounter a Charterstone resident she knows but whom we’ve never seen. She’ll realize he’s perfect for Estelle because his wife died a year ago. She’ll Introduce them, Cupid will shoot them with his arrows, and a happy ending will ensue. Then we’ll never see them, or Libby, again. Mary will take a victory lap.

Anonymous said...


Well, this was the easiest ever Sunday strip to predict.

Don't work too hard, ladies.

-- S. McW.

Sharon said...
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Sharon said...

As I recall, Jessica Savitch didn't have great luck with boyfriends.

Anonymous said...

Hi, fauxprof here. Due to a computer glitch, I lost my entire browsing history, and am slowly rebuilding.

Anyway, the last week’s worth of comments have been hysterical. As much as I have enjoyed June’s artwork (and I think she’s been having the most fun since she started this thankless job), it was a lame, predictable joke to begin with, and has gone on way too long. I never tried online dating, but I don’t think Estelle is doing it right. She’d be better off joining a gym or a volunteer group. Maybe Random Animal Shelter needs someone clean the litter boxes. She could meet a fellow cat lover that way.

LouiseF said...

Perhaps Estelle got the wrong idea about Silverdaters. It's not really a site for those over age 60, rather it's set up to separate daters from their silver.. I mean some of these guys don't look like they are over age 60, and they all seem to be scamming something..

doug said...

Is Estelle a TV news personality with a really bad cocaine problem and an extremely messy personal life?

Anonymous said...

MONDAY 03/04 12:31am EST -- Estelle is checking out #6 on the SilverDates website. And I swear to god, I think it's Ted Miller.

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous at 12:33 a.m. - well, except for the fact that he says his name is Arthur Z. Maybe he changed his name?