For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. TEMPLO S.U.D.

    TEMPLO S.U.D. said, about 1 year ago

    No, John, no! Do NOT pick that one!

  2. kfccanada

    kfccanada said, about 1 year ago

    I can guess who’s going to sleep in the shed tonight….

  3. The J.A.M.

    The J.A.M. said, about 1 year ago

    …and that’s why they got divorced.

  4. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, about 1 year ago

    @The J.A.M.

    In which world did they get divorced, your fantasies? Lynn’s final strip told of their continuing life together.

  5. tammyspeakslife

    tammyspeakslife GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago


  6. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, about 1 year ago

    We see with this comic strip one of Lynn Johnston’s own obsessions with her former husband. She believed he intentionally surrounded himself with beautiful women on his dental staff to the point in this comic strip, where she suggests that he would hire a woman based on a perfumed resume listing her measurements. It’s played for laughs here, but I doubt her husband’s dental staff would have been amused. I am going to quote from Lynn Johnston’s interview in Macleans magazine from 2008, where she talks about this:
    Well, [my former husband] worked with beautiful women ever since I met him. He’s a dentist. He has hygienists and front-desk girls, and there are usually eight girls around him all the time, and he used to travel to the Native villages taking his staff with him, and people in the town would look at me as if to say, “Well, girl, join the club,” because in a small northern mining town there’s a lot of horsing around, and the joke was you can steal a man’s wife, but you don’t touch his woodpile, you know? It was rampant up here.
    This is the link to Dr. Rod Johnston’s current dental staff. Look at the pictures judge for yourself if it is filled with beautiful women.

  7. curmudgeon68

    curmudgeon68 said, about 1 year ago



  8. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, about 1 year ago

    re: howtheduck

    that explains a lot. I’ve never understood how someone who lives a privileged life like Johnston did, can forever be complaining about what others have. Nothing is ever good enough. There’s always something, not matter how good things are.
    Much of what Johnston has put in her strips over the years parrots radical feminism, rather than real conditions. All men are lousy, men are to do all the work in marriage, women can do whatever they want regardless of the price to others, etc. I don’t think Johnson ever figured out that a marriage requires work by both parties, not just the man. He can’t do it all. Many men try, but they fail, because it only takes one to wreck a marriage, but it takes two to make it work.
    From what I’ve observed, a woman constantly being paranoid about other women will eventually cause him to leave. Eventually, even going home becomes a drudgery. He has to account for every waking moment of his day. Since he’s normally the only one who’s trying to make things work in such an abusive relationship, eventually she makes her fears come true when he finally says “enough”. I know of one such where he hasn’t left, but when the kids are 18 he’s gone. An incredible sense of duty.

  9. M2MM

    M2MM said, about 1 year ago


    I wouldn’t call most of them “hot” by any means, but they do “clean up well” so if Lynn felt threatened by them, that’s unfortunate. He was her second husband after all. She didn’t have too much luck with men, even according to her own admissions.

  10. IndyMan

    IndyMan said, about 1 year ago


    If that’s the case, maybe Ms. Johnston should look at herself and how she handles her husband(s) not just how her husband(s) handle the things around them.

  11. K.C. Fahel

    K.C. Fahel said, about 1 year ago

    When I interviewed with my current boss five years ago, his wife sat in. He told me that she has H/R experience and is a better interviewer than he is. While that is undoubtedly true, I DID find out later that I was hired, not only because of my background and skills as a secretary, but because they both felt “safe” with me.

  12. Dr Dave

    Dr Dave said, about 1 year ago

    It’s called ‘The Costanza Dilemma’

  13. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 1 year ago

    Lynn’s Notes:
    This storyline was really about the hiring of a new receptionist for the clinic. Our ad in the paper resulted in over a hundred applications. Many of these were instantly set aside due to the reasons I put in this strip!

  14. fbjsr

    fbjsr said, about 1 year ago

    He may just be a smart business man and realized he would get more customers with a staff that was attractive as well as qualified. I run a data center and I tell my guys that customers can’t look at us and see how well our equipment is maintained. They can look and see if walking up to our door if there is cigarette butts and weeds in the flower bed and a dirty lobby. My staff is hired for their knowledge but people who don’t know us the first impression is what gets them in the door. How well you do the job is what keeps them but you have to get them there first.

  15. legaleagle48

    legaleagle48 said, about 1 year ago


    The J. A. M. isn’t talking about John and Elly. He’s/She’s referring to the fact that Lynn and Rod got divorced in real life, in large measure because he was a womanizer who cheated on her.

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