Indirect Wedding Preparation Week
It would be easy to look at this week in For Better or For Worse and say, "Nothing happened this week." But what did we really have?
1. Deanna finds Grandma Marian's old dress in a crawl space and plans to take it to a dry cleaner and then put it in a box with a window. The natural conclusion to draw from this is that Deanna has gone mental and developed a strange obsession with wedding dresses. However, what we have instead is what has become a hallmark of why this strip is no longer of the same quality it once was. Lynn Johnston seems to have forgotten, "It's not the destination but the journey itself that's important." Just as she sets up strips in order to get to the desired punchline, she is also setting up aspects of Liz's wedding without considering the way to get there.
Case in point: The wedding dress. We want Elizabeth to have a wedding dress that is just as special as Deanna's wedding dress, except it can't have the taint of money about it. How that can happen is if the dress is an heirloom from an older character. There is no female character more revered than Grandma Marian, so she is the obvious choice. However, she got married just after the end of World War II, which means her wedding dress is over 60 years old. Straightaway, I am thinking there are going to be issues with dress preservation, and I don't even have to think hard about it. Anyone who has gone to a museum and seen old war uniforms or old dresses can tell immediately how fragile the material is. In order to Liz to wear Grandma Marian's old dress, someone would already have to have gone through the effort of preserving the dress with this expectation. I don't see anything wrong with the idea that Marian preserved the dress for Elly to wear and then Elly preserved it for Liz or April to wear. That way it gets worn, and there is not going to be any question about why Deanna didn't wear it. It's not Deanna's grandmother, after all.
However, someone got the idea that since the new focus of today's For Better or For Worse is Mike and Deanna, somehow they have to be included in the whole thing. And so we end up with this bizarre crawl space discovery sequence, which would have made a lot more sense if Deanna had been left out.
2. Rudy Dodd and Candace Halloran go to visit Elizabeth Patterson. Then the 3 of them try to talk about how wonderful their relationships are. Ultimately, Elizabeth shoos Rudy and Candace out of her apartment, and gives us every indication that they dropped in unexpectedly when she was trying to get work done for her job. The natural conclusion to draw from this is that Elizabeth was an excellent put-upon hostess and her friends need to call before they come over.
However, what we really had here was Lynn Johnston spending 3 strips reminding us who Candace and Rudy are and that they know Liz. So, later on, when they show up at her wedding or perhaps participating in her wedding, you can remember Rudy, who prior to this point had not had any part of the strip for the last 4 years. Lynn Johnston actually does not do that good a job with this, because not even once are we reminded that Rudy and Candace are old friends from her university days.
So there you have it. The week of nothing could be easily summarized as:
a. Elizabeth's wedding dress has family sentimental value.
b. These two in the wedding party are named Candace and Rudy
Join us next week when:
a. Mike and Deanna have a visit with Josef Weeder where we are reminded that he has taken pictures of weddings before.
b. Elly is cleaning her house and uncovers a series of bridesmaid dresses, still in perfect condition.
c. Elizabeth visits Lawrence Poirier who reveals that he has a side business of providing flowers at weddings.
d. Anthony Caine looks in a crawl space and discovers he has male friends there, who have been missing for 20 years, but are greatly excited about being in Anthony's wedding party, after a dry cleaner spruces them up a bit.