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The August 10 strip seems to imply that Ann has something more sinister on her mind than just making a bunch of money. But still, it’s a good question – would she know about these connections if she’s basically not talking to either her son or her brother?
I like the first panel, which shows some level of collegiality between Les and his old nemesis, Ox. The Fuse family – not knowing that Les has stolen from them – has been treating Les like a normal person rather than a delinquent. Will this be enough to get Les to “do the right thing” when he realizes that his mother is up to no good? Or to change his mind if he’s already aware and planning to help her?
Mr. Gray is apparently Les’s guardian and would probably be listed as an emergency contact. Not to mention the fact that Les was hired on his behest.
There’s been no indication that Tiffany – or anyone else we know, for that matter – has been invited to the “party”. In fact, we only have Ann’s representation that there will be a party at all. If there is a “party” it’ll probably have to do with something far less savory than lingerie. And there’s a real possibility that the party is just a pretext to somehow damage TJ’s business.
Clearly there’s no love lost between Les and his mother. I agree, Les will probably turn the tables on his mother and bask in the approval of his new Fuse family. I’m not sure Les is aware of that yet, though. I suspect that at this point he’s still planning to abet whatever scheme Ann has in mind – and that Ann will do or say something in the next few strips that will cause him to change his mind.
It would be nice to see Ox again, and with a meatier role. I think Ox is a “trust but verify” kind of guy. He’s willing to give Les a chance but he isn’t stupid about it. I’m not sure though that Les is at a point where he’d welcome positive input from Ox.
Except that it doesn’t explain the look of malice on Ann’s face on Aug 10.
Wasn’t Pru originally hired as a bartender? But Ringo raises a valid question… why would Pru have OK’ed having Les as the only on-site employee for a lingerie party – which normally would involve booze?
Yup! the next two weeks will tie all of the loose plot ends together and – POOF! – Greg will announce his retirement, job and story finished! (Just kidding, I think…)
That does look like a genuinely pleased smile rather than a dastardly one. As for Les and Tiffany… please, no. At this point, even if he is transforming right before our eyes, it would be the blind leading the blind. Each needs a friend who is not so needing of approval from others to help them see their worth and to lead them from the precipice they’ve been teetering on.