Sunday, July 24, 2011

Mary Worth 1,073

There's a quiet desperation in today's hope-for-change dialog. It's the same dialog we've been reading for two weeks. Nothing has changed. Two despondent, elderly people, running out of time, their backs to the wall, pleading for something in their lives to change. Is it too late for them? Is it too late for us?

Today's Full Strip

15 comments:

Joolz said...

"One day you will agree for us to marry," says Jeff in his stilted English. I can only imagine the next proposal: "Mary, have we now reached the time at which you agree for us to marry?"

heydave said...

This is just like Waiting for Godot, except less is happening and the jokes aren't as funny.

Punky said...

Jools - I was just fixating on this same phrase! Jeff has now used it two days in a row. Is this some top-secret non-native-English-speaking brainwashing technique? Are Mary’s eyes getting sleeeeeepy? I know mine are.

and heydave: "Let's go." "We can't." "Why not?" "We're waiting for Mary to change her mind and "agree for us to marry."

Anonymous said...

in panal one some guy is wearing dr jeffs green dining jacket that he hasnt worn for awhile

kathyo said...

I'm still fixated on all the guests who've suddenly appeared outdoors, at tables floating in the sky.

My word verif: Slixedo = Jeff's dressy jacket.

Imogene said...

I would think that a medical professional, such as, say, a doctor, would stop repeating himself long enough to give first aid to his guests/donors who have been impaled by patio umbrella poles.

meg said...

It has been said, blah, blah, blah.
Yes, Heraclitus said that. He also said:

"Everything flows, nothing stands still, except for this plot line."

Vicki said...

"you WILL agree for us to marry, Mary" sounds a little too controlling if you ask me.

oh look!! lordee, someone invited TED CONFEY to this "fundraising" event! He knew there would be money floating around, and darned if he isn't already down there chatting up those patio people....

Maude Findlay said...

Third time's the charm, Jeff! Keep pestering the old broad, and any decade now, her resistance will diminish.

birdie said...

Imogene, that umbrella pole spear is the fundraising part of the event. This is what happens to guests who do not donate enough. So pay up, people, or you'll be next.
This is, of course, why Jeff is staying far away from the party. Surely it's not because he's enjoying being rejected once again.

Nathan said...

Mary's remark on change is clearly a reference to the array of trees, guests, and floating tables drifting past their balcony. Whheee!

I think this story also serves as a good commentary on the sad, incomplete existence of a Mary Worth character, forever stuck in time as a two-dimensional stereotype, yet forever yearning to be more, to move forward in time and at last arrive at the beautiful vistas out in the distance...which on closer inspection turn out to be two-dimensional Joe Giella drawings in impossible perspective. Alas!

Poor Jeff.

heydave said...

Ah yes, important benefactors, host on their own petards. Nothing changes.

Gina said...

Wow, the future conditional pluperfect subjunctive. [/MST3K]

djangosmom said...

Jeff just craves excitement, that is why he proposes all the time, hoping to escape the boredom of their static relationship. I think that Mary and Jeff should hike the Appalachian trail,like Wanders and his son, before he makes the final decision to pursue his relationship with Mary.

James in North Dakota said...

Maybe Dr. Jeff should slip Mary some ... um, "antibotics" so that she'll be in such a drug enduced state that when Jeff brings her indoors in front of everyone and proposes, she'll throw her hands up in the air, do a cartwheel and say "YES!"

I guess that stuff only happens on All My Children. Or my twisted imagination.