Monday, December 16, 2019

Mary Worth 3251


No, Estelle, not even the lonely can figure you out. 

Since the Charterstone Jukebox has been taken out of the clubhouse for Christmas, I’ve added Roy Orbison’s only Christmas song to the Charterstone Christmas Jukebox: “Pretty Papers” - it’s a guilt-trip-and-a-half, and isn’t that what Christmas is all about?

13 comments:

KitKat said...

Wow, Wanders, I’d forgotten all about “Pretty Papers,” which is an excellent seasonal addition to the jukebox. It’s certainly more appropriate than “Pretty Woman.” That one would have to be changed to “Deranged Woman” for Estelle. “I miss Wilbur, the guy who showed up for our date drunk as a skunk, embarrassed me, and humiliated a former girlfriend he’s still hung up on. But he sings....”

Does anyone else foresee an Iris/Estelle Charterstone encounter as a parallel to the Zak/Wilbur bromance? They could bump into each other in the trash room, or Mary could invite them for tea and Splak muffins).

I think the gifts are for Libby. It’s safe to say they’re not FROM Libby. She’ll hack up a hairball for Estelle on Christmas Eve.

Anonymous said...

Well, since we can't listen to "Only the Lonely" I will at least remind everyone of the refrain: Dumb-Dumb-Dumb-Dummy-Doofus

HelenClark

r u ok? said...

I thought Libby was supposed to cure Estelle of her loneliness. Didn't take long for Estelle to tire of her cat.

Regina Wolfe-Parks said...

Estelle is such a glutton for punishment. First she sends a complete stranger whom she never met or even face timed with 10K. Then she hooks up with Wilbur, a fat, boorish, slob with a bad combover who totally humiliates her on a date by getting drunk, slobbering all over himself and throwing his drink all over his ex, then molests the ex in front of her. He then proceeds to stand outside her window with a boombox. Now she misses this lunatic. Estelle needs a good psychiatrist to find out why she is attracted to losers. "Only the Lonely". SHEESH! (I wonder if she knows the Motel's version?)

I'm also wondering who all these gifts under the tree are for. Maybe they're just empty boxes that give the illusion that Estelle got gifts.

I am still vomiting over Zak and Wilboor's new found bromance. Does Zak have any friends his age that he can hang out with? And no Zak, Wilbur IS NOT COOL. He's a creep who stalked you and Iris and plays a boombox under his ex's window. Is anybody in Worthverse normal???

RobC said...

Has she changed out of her bathrobe since late November?

@ r u ok : Double Plus Good!

LouiseF said...

One word for you, Estelle... karaoke, with your girlfriends. You don't need Wil-burr-under-your-seat.

Anonymous said...


There are some songs that are so iconic that they should never be sung by anyone but the original artist. "A Day in the Life" is one, "Sympathy for the Devil" is another. I'll add "Only the Lonely" to that list in view of today's strip.

No way Estelle can belt out "Only the Lonely" the way it should be sung. She has to be making a complete hash of it. It's not an old-lady-at-her-piano song.

And Wanders, please do not put OTL on the juke. It would be a terrible insult to the Great O.

-- Scottie McW.

RobC said...

I was just thinkign about the titel charcter and Alro Guthrie's "Alices Restaurant" came into my head.

"So we all went back to Mary's for another Thanksgiving Diner that couldn't be beat.
"You remember Mary... this is a [strip] about Mary."

Sandi Ego said...

The gift bag with the Santa face is freaking me out because the beard directly on the chin isn't white. A jagged misshapen face is not jolly at all. Well, the whole panel isn't jolly. Hoping there's some Fancy Feast under the tree for Libby, she looks a little scrawny.

Carlye said...

The bag with the Santa face looks like it has either a casserole pan or some Tupperware sticking out of it. I'm guessing it was Mary's, and Estelle is graciously returning it, but calling it a gift.

Regina Wolfe-Parks said...

Someone pointed on on the Mary Worth Disqus that Libby had no whiskers. I had to go back and look and now I can't unsee what I saw: a creepy looking cat/human hybrid. JB must be getting ideas from the Cats film that's coming out.

Anonymous said...


Re my earlier comment: I hope my use of the phrase "old lady" now and in the future doesn't sound like a pejorative or anything like that, but it probably does.

I want to make it clear that I love old ladies -- which is to say ladies of my own generation who act like ladies. Hell, I'm an old man, and my bride is an old lady.

I am very fond of the witty women on this site who are of my age group.

-- S. McW.


TheRingoKid said...

Love the literary allusion! We will now consider Wilbur an unperson!