Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson

Arlo and Janis

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  1. Boophilus

    Boophilus said, over 2 years ago

    Gus and Gene really stepped in it. How else did they expect Mary Lou to react other than hurt? Gus, Gene, Arlo and Janis all know and are sitting around discussing the fate of the business she has worked at her entire life and is 49% owner? And conspiring to keep that a secret from her?

  2. doublepaw

    doublepaw said, over 2 years ago

    Men (including myself) just don’t know how to react to certain situations.

  3. moonschott

    moonschott said, over 2 years ago

    She may have felt like a partner, but the financial risk was all on Gus. The next steps in her life will be with Gene. Does Gene buy it? Or do the “escape to land” like she once said she wanted to do?

  4. Dampwaffle

    Dampwaffle said, over 2 years ago

    Typical. The blabbermouth woman who spilled the beans goes into a “men are such unfeeling brutes” blame game to deflect the guilt from herself…

  5. Boophilus

    Boophilus said, over 2 years ago

    Blabbermouth woman? Gus had something he wanted to be kept secret. So he told Gene. Gene was told to keep it secret. So he told Arlo. Arlo was told it was a Big Secret. So he told Janis. Janis didn’t tell anyone. Arlo and Janis were discussing it amongst themselves when Mary Lou overheard.

  6. hltrim52

    hltrim52 said, over 2 years ago


    So…….no one could keep a secret.

  7. MaxStarmanJones

    MaxStarmanJones said, over 2 years ago

    This always burns me. Arlo has been nothing but faithful to Janis all these years, yet when he tries to give a gentler angle to this issue, she’s there to cut him off, override him, and give us that tired “Men are all alike” speech.

    And I also tire of the “women are all intelligent; men are idiots” concept that permeates everything now.

  8. kea

    kea said, over 2 years ago

    well, this really pepped me up this morning. (not)

  9. Boophilus

    Boophilus said, over 2 years ago


    @Max StarmanJones
    Janis was rude to interrupt Arlo. And you’re right, there’s too much “men are baffoons” on TV these days. I disagree about Janis’ message, though.
    Look at it from these perspective: Arlo was telling Mary Lou that her feelings were invalid. Her father and husband were keeping secrets from her, BUT she has no right to feel hurt about it. Janis just acknowledged that Mary Lou’s feelings were understandable and that others may react similarly.
    If it goes into a “Men are Jerks” speech then Janis will have invalidated my point. But if this is a “Gus is/was a Jerk” thing . . . well, he totally was!!

  10. Dr McCoy

    Dr McCoy said, over 2 years ago

    MBTI Janis is an F, Arlo is a T.

  11. avocet13

    avocet13 said, over 2 years ago

    Feelings are feelings, neither right nor wrong. It’s how we act upon those feelings that matters. And, DampWaffle, really?? You must have some issues w/women to go into a rant over a cartoon..

  12. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, over 2 years ago

    It has nothing to do with Gene being a guy. It has to do with her opposing his decision, which Gene would never do. And of course she would fight tooth and nail and go down with the ship when the best course of action might be to abandon ship with some cash reserves. There is a lot of sophisticated competition in the restaurant business now with the chef schools and hospitality programs in college, and the plethora of restaurant franchises that every middle aged man in America will eventually buy into after he is laid off.

  13. Boophilus

    Boophilus said, over 2 years ago

    I think you’re right; Gene would never oppose Gus’ decision. Partly because of temperament, but partly because he doesn’t have the emotional investment, history, or legitimate business claim that Mary Lou does. Why tell Gene at all? If he didn’t want Mary Lou to know, why put Gene in such a position? He’s elevated Gene above Mary Lou in his confidences. This is a business, too, and he’s elevated an employee above a part owner.

  14. asklud

    asklud GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    I think everyone’s missing the whole point of the gag— Janis interrupted Arlo because Janis now has a daughter to talk to, much like Gus now has Gene as a son…

  15. DavidHuieGreen

    DavidHuieGreen said, over 2 years ago

    Gus didn’t know how to tell his daughter, especially after her response when he already told her.
    So he told Gene
    Knowing Gene would tell Arlo
    Knowing Arlo would tell Janis
    Knowing Janis would tell Gus’ daughter somehow.
    Ergo, this is HOW Gus told Mary Lou.

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