One Big Happy by Rick Detorie

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  1. WaitingMan

    WaitingMan said, over 3 years ago

    There is no such thing as too much TV. Television is grand and glorious. (Just kidding, folks.)

  2. Vince M

    Vince M said, over 3 years ago

    Can’t wait to see her version of “Old Yeller”.

  3. mabrndt

    mabrndt GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    This is what Ruthie is talking about in panel #10, shown 46 years before the strip was published.

  4. MicroGuy

    MicroGuy said, over 3 years ago


    TV, Chewing gum for the eyes.
    Frank Loyd Wright.

    But “hatchet lady”? Lucy and Ethel drive to Florida with an ax murderer? (murderess?)

  5. calvinsfriend110

    calvinsfriend110 said, over 3 years ago

    I don’t get today’s strip.

  6. mabrndt

    mabrndt GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    Ruthie and her grandfather Nick are watching the movie Lassie Come Home, and, you see what they see in panels 1-6.

    Beginning with panel #7, Ruthie puts her 2¢ in (she isn’t part of the movie, just shows what she thinks should have been said at that point).

    The movie was made in 1943 and Elsa Lanchester played the mother.

    She also played Mrs. Edna Grundy (the “Hatchet Lady”) in the November 12, 1956, I Love Lucy TV series episode (the This link in my prior comment), hence Ruthie’s comment in panel #10.

    I’m personally amused that Mr. Detorie made that connection and used it in a strip over 46 years later. She had passed away long before in 1986.

    Neither his Wikipedia page nor his About page at say when he was born; but this says he graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore in 1978. So, I have to believe, if he was even around, he was quite young when that episode aired. At one time at least, he must have watched I Love Lucy reruns, too. :)

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