For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston for May 06, 2020

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    TEMPLO S.U.D.  over 1 year ago

    To go along with Fiona in the first panel, my father’s family was asked to smoke outside when they visited us (Dad never smoked in his life even BEFORE he joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which abstains from tobacco).

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    JD'Huntsville'AL  over 1 year ago

    I really hope this story line, and Fiona, ends Saturday.

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    charliefarmrhere  over 1 year ago

    I know it is only a comic & meant to be funny, but she & her cat would be out the door by now at my house.

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    Baarorso  over 1 year ago

    Fiona’s not a HELPER she’s a NOT-HELPER! ;/

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    howtheduck  over 1 year ago

    I think a lot of this problem with Fiona could be solved if John or Elly sat her down and told her the rules of the house, and did not leave Michael or Elizabeth to be the enforcers:

    1. No smoking

    2. Keep your cat off the curtains.

    3. If you make a dirty dish, you must clean it immediately or Elly will lose her mind.

    I know there is a certain passive-aggressive satisfaction in playing the part of the victim, but you can’t criticize someone for breaking the rules, if they don’t know the rules.

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    DIF20  over 1 year ago

    this is a disgusting situation looking for an abrupt end! END IT!

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    capricorn9th  over 1 year ago

    Fiona is just freeloading until she lines up a job and apartment. She has no intention of helping out in any way. She is a professional moocher. Elly needs to demand that she leaves.

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    qct  over 1 year ago

    I know this is a comic strip, the sad thing is that there are subhuman people who are actually like that.

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    weikelk  over 1 year ago

    The fact is people like Fiona DO exist and have no idea they are in the wrong.

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    The Pro from Dover  over 1 year ago

    Toss her out! Toss her out! Toss her out!

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    amanbe3  over 1 year ago

    This (Fiona) too shall pass. Like a kidney stone, but it will pass.

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    debbie8pole  over 1 year ago

    Dr. Patterson, you must get rid of your cousin since she did not keep her word to help out and she just lazes around the home. Smoking not allowed my home as a longtime former smoker.

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    DadToFivePlus  over 1 year ago

    Smoking in my house would have ended it for me. Not even my mom has been brazen enough to try that. And the cat would be kindly escorted (probably tossed) outside.

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    Stew Bek Premium Member over 1 year ago

    I asked my best friend and his wife to leave after the feet went up on the new furniture.

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    mourdac Premium Member over 1 year ago

    With relatives like this, who needs enemas?

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    Gerard:D  over 1 year ago

    Lynn’s Comments:

    Making Fiona a heavy smoker, gave me an outlet to rant against smoking.

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    vaughnrl2003 Premium Member over 1 year ago

    I have a feeling it is going to take a while to get to the point where Fiona is ‘helpful’.

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    DaveQuinn  over 1 year ago

    So does EVERYONE.

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    summerdog  over 1 year ago

    My mother used to pull this trick on me… “but the window is open a crack”, just like Fiona. It just showed me her lack of love and respect. Hurts when it’s your own mother. I would say no when she’d ask visit, and why. She just couldn’t do as I asked, so she stayed home. She pretty much smoked herself to death there, eventually.

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    TexTech  over 1 year ago

    One big reason Elly isn’t looking well is….YOU!

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    elainefmexico  over 1 year ago

    I read this strip for my daily chuckle, NOT to get irritated.

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    Ukko wilko  over 1 year ago

    I don’t know if homicide is allowed in family comic strips, but it would certainly be justifiable.

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    Blaidd Drwg Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Comic- supposed to be funny, or at least insightful. PLEASE STOP THIS!!

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    Snolep  over 1 year ago

    Skipping this strip for the duration.

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    Golf Buddy  over 1 year ago

    Maybe this is all a nightmare…

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    Irish53  over 1 year ago

    Time for Ellie to snap …" thats it….out!…GET…..OUT…NOW…&*%$!…and take that flea-bitten animal with you…"…of course, Fiona’s response will be “…humpfff…I’m never coming back here again!….don’t call me when you need help…”

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    j.l.farmer  over 1 year ago

    look in the mirror Fiona and see the reason why!

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    dougprentiss Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Nothing funny, nothing humorous.

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    Asharah  over 1 year ago

    Smoke in my house and you’ll get water poured on your head

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    bookdoc123  over 1 year ago

    I think I’ll skip reading this one until Fiona is gone!

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    Yardley701  over 1 year ago

    I agree I can not take much more of Fiona!

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    phboles  over 1 year ago

    I would have kicked Fiona out the first day … just sayin’

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    Spacetech  over 1 year ago

    Or The Husband’s Dead…

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    Dr. Caligari  over 1 year ago

    For $10,000 the problem will go away.

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    Ken Otwell  over 1 year ago

    For some reason, I just don’t find self-centered, loud-mouthed bullies funny anymore.

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    bbobhat  over 1 year ago

    Fiona needs to go and in any way at all. Don’t be nice.g

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    bbobhat  over 1 year ago

    Fiona needs to go and in any way at all. Don’t be nice.g

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    Sassy's Mom  over 1 year ago

    She’s a nightmare! I don’t care if she’s family. She leaves tomorrow. Period.

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    William A Short Premium Member over 1 year ago

    OMG, lay down some rules or throw her ass out.

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    Petemejia77  over 1 year ago

    I’m very engaged in this story. (I Don’t normally) But have been very eager to know what happens each day!

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    sobrown51  over 1 year ago

    Quit telling her what she is doing that you don’t like and tell her to fix the problem immediately (and if she doesn’t ask/tell her to leave.)

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    1JennyJenkins  over 1 year ago

    I can see how Lynn was having a lot of fun with Fiona. Thank goodness for Lynn’s talent to bring out those feelings in her readers…

    It’s like when you have a blow up after a long and simmering time of holding your temper and then you reach the final straw! And all of this is coming out in these drawings. I must say it’s great.

    I can also imagine people cutting out these strips and mailing them annonymously to their clueless relatives who might have done any one of those awful things, because somehow, I just can’t imagine someone telling off a relative -to their face- how awful they are…

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    BluNova  over 1 year ago

    Rude much?

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    chain gang charlie  over 1 year ago

    You don’t realize the cartoonist is showing you that are ALL “Fiona”… in someone else’s eyes…Oh yes you ARE!…

    Who Isn’t…Even the goody-two shoes who are “considerate” to a sickening degree.WelcomeCome, visit, enjoy, and mind your own business and then leave before you start to smell like yesterdays fish….Benjamin Franklin said it 200 years ago…

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    strodgers  over 1 year ago

    If I counted right, 19 more days of this story line.

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    Teto85 Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Houseguests, like fish, tend to smell bad after three days.

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    summerdog  over 1 year ago

    Hey Lynn! Or Lynn’s people reading this! Drop this arc, or loose us for the next 19 days. As you can tell from the comments…we hate it.

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    KelleySweat  over 1 year ago

    I heard a line from Hoobastank as soon as I read the first three bits: “And the reason is YOU!”

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    PammWhittaker  over 1 year ago

    She last appeared on May 23, 1991, so I’m not reading again til then… ugh!

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    summerdog  over 1 year ago

    Did you notice which way Fiona’s smoke is going BECAUSE of the open window? Lynn is a great artist and planner to add that little touch.

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    hszgalsky  over 1 year ago

    Earlier would suit me fine!

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    STACEY MARSHALL Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Put that witch back on her broom and hit the blastoff button!

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    Wooded trail  over 1 year ago

    Gosh I love all my family!

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    fix-n-fly  over 1 year ago

    Elly – you are going to have to do the deed of saying enough and telling her to hit the road. John is not man enough to do it. My Mom smoked when my oldest was just a baby and her apartment smelled like a cigarette. The first time we visited her in her apartment when my oldest was 6 months, he tossed his cookies (we think it was the smoky apartment) and I told my wife afterward we’d only meet her outside of the apartment for future visits.

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    JenCappello  over 1 year ago

    Spoilers here: This is Fiona’s life backstory, and its really fascinating. Lynn Johnson wrote a LOT of backstory for this brief seemingly one-dimensional character. You’ll have to see for yourself. If you’ve already read the strips that follow this than feel free to go have a look. I was painfully reminded of hoe nothing is quite what it seems.

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    Dr. Caligari  over 1 year ago

    Dirty deeds done dirt cheap.

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