Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Plane Went Down

DEAD?? Aww. Out of all the outcomes we posited, I thought "dead" was one of the least interesting. I was pulling for Carlye's "Jane Eyre" theory, although Megan's "Downton Abbey" theory definitely had legs. Oh well! So, Jim's out of the picture? Why did he even exist for those two weeks? Or will he, somehow, be alive, but terribly mangled? Will he need some kind of... nurse? Who will recommend some kind of... deer-related physical therapy?

9 comments:

Scott P. said...

"Mr. James .... Farthington-Woodsworth Esquire's plane ... had engine trouble ... over Lake Champlain ... it spun in ... there were no survivors."

molly said...

Yes, yes, the plane went down, OK. I don't understand -- planes go down to land, right? So, what's the problem? Are you coming to the wedding or not, Rose??

Oh, and... JIM!!

RobC said...

Hmm.. Tommie is a nurse... Jim has been horribly burned and crippled in a Cessna...

This is beginning to read like "The English Patient."

Roy said...

You know that character you get in cop shows and war movies who you never saw before and then he gets talking and pulls out a picture of his girl, and you know he is doomed. Well Jim is that guy.

I spent a few years long ago, before proper internet existed watching Japanese soap operas, and not good ones with Samurai, but the heartwarming ones which means melancholy and doomed with tiny happinesses that the heroine wistfully remembers over a cup of tea that she drinks in a lonely cafe. Tommie Saga is basically a distiliation of one of these and the pacing is almost identical. At this point she should now cry out and faint, followed by waking to Margo giving her a cup of tea, the first of many lonely cups of tea. Poor Tommie, she doesn't even get a shot of telephone wires and a deserted alley followed by out of focus cherry blossoms and a Seiko Matsuda song over the credits.

I hope Jim lives

Carlye said...

Wait a sec, isn't this how LuAnn's hubby died?

Barking Monkey said...

If being raised by TV taught me anything it's that Jim survived but wandered off suffering from complete amnesia. Well, that and that thing I said days ago about the Fawn's mama hunting Tommie down - what's keeping her anyway?

Also, I thought Luann's hubby died from syphilis - or maybe boredom.

Obtuse said...

I find the pace of this strip very interesting. They take a week to complete a phone call in the most boring way possible, yet entirely skip the ending of the greatest story in the history of the strip, the terrorist bombing of Apt. 3-g by Margo's assistant, (what's his name, I can't believe I forgot it!) with a caption in a panel, "three months later." Masterful writing! Bravo!

Dawn Weston's Evil Twin said...

@Obtuse
His name was Evan Graham. So blond! So dreamy! So disturbed. Yet we NEVER got to find out why. That was an awesome plot, but they just dropped it! I remember Margo even said something like, "I suppose I should care, but I don't." That made me very peeved! And yet, I keep on reading ...

Jay Kay said...

@Carlye,

Yeah, but both of them were fighting in wars for 'Murica, so that was heroic. Jim was just flying to Vermont for maple syrup!