January 17, 2018
Yes, Luann, you did say something stupid.
Whoops Lu -Ewwww!
Tell dad, it means that the guy at the bar has the same excellent he has
Has she been hiding an Electra complex all this time?
So 35 years ago Nancy considered Frank a “hottie.” 35 years ago! Hmm.
And Nancy is still considered a hottie by some “very nice, charming, dreamy” man she met in some bar!
At some point that dichotomy will sink into Frank’s awareness! 8^ )
♬ Sweet Home Alabama . . . ♬
No Luann, you just helped your dad feel better about himself knowing his wife is sexy enough to be hit on by other guys.
Problem solved. Next arc…
This setup is starting to fizzle out. Just like the TTFT.
Wait a minute … Luann is 36 years old by our time frame (March 17, 1985). Ignoring the Luannverse calculation of time passing, and noting that as the strip began, Luann was just shy of her teen years, she should have seen Frank 35 years ago.
An Electra complex…
Panel 2 is wrong,. A hottie is a physically attractive person.
Of course! Is there another reason, why she married him?
Ummm. Ok…although Frank and Brad both attracted women of beauty and character who saw into who they were more than how they looked…
Is Nancy going to describe the young Frank in detail? Let me guess, he didn’t button his knit, striped polo shirts all the way to the top, and he wore Nike shoes.
Weird family. Luann? Your dad is NOT a hottie. He is a nerd who has a hottie wife. Your mom ages well and your dad doesn’t. Your mom is still vivacious enough to attract men and she is enjoying the attention, but you KNOW she still loves your dad. She just wants his attention – the kind he gave 20 years ago. This ails many older marriages where the young marriage transitioned the focus to the children for the next 20-25 years. Now your brother is married and you are in college. Now your parents are trying to find their way back to each other again. At least, your mom is.
Pops has post-hotness. Vintage Za-Zoom. Prehistoric Pizazz.
In short, Daddy WAS a hottie. He lost his hotness. He’s after-hot. Minimum hot. Lukewarm hot.
Now he’s ……. cool. ;-)
The logic isn’t very sound. Very Rich old guys attract “hotties” as well. Does that make them hotties? Nope! How old is Frank supposed to be? 50?? Was he only hot when he was 15? Was he a dud by 25? Yikes!
Luann rescues Frank.
Too many jabs at Frank who’s probably the nicest guy in the strip. Face it. Being runner up in a Mr. Potato Head look-alike contest thirty-five years ago is nothing to sneeze at. Show a little respect.
Oh, Luann! Relax and put away the citizenship application to Kentucky!
You were just paying your father a compliment while saving his ego. It’s completely innocent.
Luann’s only saying what many of us have been saying for a couple days now. (At least, those first two panels) (Not sure what G&K were thinking that last panel)
‘35 years ago’? Did his missus say 35? Why then that makes Frank to b 50..ish n Nancy too..What’s really really odd is that 1. none of their scions are in their thirties, n2. Frank n Nance sure took a long time to get to the act of procreating.
Frank is really living in the dark ages.
In response to Luann’s “hottie” comment, Nancy tells Luann that she should have seen her dad 35 years ago.
Interestingly, a few decades ago, she tells Frank, “Muscles? What muscles? Honey, you’ve always been a dumpling”:
I have heard of hot dumplings, but they have usually been in soup. :)
Old age doesn’t come itself, I used to have a barrel chest, unfortunately it slipped…
Luann’s face in the last panel…HILARIOUS! Brava Luann! Frank seems happy now, but I think he and Nancy will continue the conversation in the bedroom. She love him so much ♡!
“Whoa, wait a minute, Doc… Are you trying to tell me that my mother…. has got the hots for ME??” — Marty McFly
You need to get out more, Luann.
Way to take it away from him Nancy. He’s almost convinced but apparently he hasn’t been a “hottie” for 35 years.
A lot of water has gone under that bridge.
Complacency will mess you up.
But she is a hottie.
35 years ago? When he was a teen?
If you had seen him 35 years ago. he looked a lot like Brad. not sure that helps lu though.
Yes, when the logic is that solid, it must be true.
… before he started losing his hair, got the six-pack belly, and fully matured …. yes, yes he was.
They must be older than I thought! Didn’t realize Frank was so logical, even more so like Gunther? It’s nice Luann boosted her father’s self-image. Funny!
Gee Luann, you’re always a big help. Not!
So Frank is 60? That’s giving him from birth to 25 to look decent enough to attract a wife, and then after that he went downhill. Must have been disappointing for Nancy, who would naturally hope his looks might last into his 40’s. Most men age far better than women.
Old foxes are still foxes.
Today, Luann said exactly the right thing. ;-) She’s sometimes a flake and sometimes oblivious and sometimes tries way too hard — but sometimes she gets it exactly right.
so are we not going to see this dreamy guy because the arc is more about Frank and Nancy (not Nancy and the dreamy guy)? It would be nice if he made an appearance (sometime). If Nancy is human she will not come down off her cloud that quickly.
35 years ago? I always thought Frank was maybe 50 in the current Luannverse which would have made him 15 . But judging from Nancys smarmy remark Frank has gotta be like 55 or 56 which would have made him 20 or 21 which is more believable than a 15yo being a hottie.Course you can have your 20yo Frank. Ill take the current version. Mature Frank imo is a hottie . Luann and Nancy lose points bigtime for both being smarmy twits.
Seems like this is going to be a light, one-week arc to give Tiffany time to prepare an elegant dinner, and Gunther to sew a couple of pirate outfits.
My condolences to all of you who thought Nancy was devastated and upset with Frank, and thought he should sleep on the couch, or that she should leave him, once and for all. It seems that she was not the least upset with him, and he seems to have gotten over all the ‘drama’.
Better luck next time.
Nice save, Luann. I get the horror of the afterthought, but you helped your dad feel better and save his pride.
Remember, “Opposites” attract, but “Likes” stay married! My wife and I have a number of similarities, but our backgrounds could hardly be more different. We’ve worked through differences, and will continue to do so. This keeps bringing us back the the happy place where we are working together. (30+ years, so far)
If Luann’s logic were true then the following trope wouldn’t exist:
Of course we’re the real dummies here, for momentarily assuming that this girl had any clue what she was talking about.
And considering that they probably didn’t use the expression “hottie” in Mr. DeGroot’s youth (can’t be sure, I was a child 35 years ago), using “hottie” to describe his young self is very much a case of imposing gen-x or millennial social-cultural norms on the 1970s or early 1980s. I wonder what word the young boomers did use, anyway, if they were lazy enough to let their peers make their vocabulary.
I would love it if the guy turned out to be Tiffany’s dad.
35 years ago? How old was she when Luann was born?!
35 year ago he was kinda sketchy.
Panel 3: Who just “goosed” Luann’s posterior?
A myth is beginning to circulate that Frank pays no attention to Nancy, that he does not express physical attraction to her. And it is a myth. It happens from strip to strip.
“Babe Magnet” would’ve worked better, then Luann wouldn’t feel so weirded out now!
By the way, it seems to me that it was revealed a while back that Frank is quite a bit older than Nancy. She’s probably no more than about 45, but Frank could easily be well into his mid 50’s. I also think that Nancy is (and this may be my age showing) more attractive than any of the 20-something year old females in this strip (Toni is clearly older than Luann’s peers but even she is a bit young for my taste).
So, did Tara just stay the night once and leave town? Did she take over her cousin’s house? Is she still living at the Degroots’? For a plotline that was supposedly so important it sure got forgotten pretty quickly. Homelessness is a situation that kinda demands a bit of closure, and “you can stay here for the night” is not it.
Nancy is exaggerating the time. Moving on.
Hey Frank, at least you didn’t get really fat, shave your head, and grow a scraggly white beard. Man, you wouldn’t believe how many guys like that there are where I live. And they all wear shorts and ball caps!
If a woman told Frank he was hot, he couldn’t stop talking about it.
Logic baffles Frank.
Frank had many things that Nancy found attractive when they met. They settled into a single family house, had two kids, and are waiting for Brad and Toni to ….
Not at all, he is thinking about 35 years ago, just as his wife is….all is well!
As if past tense applies. HA!!
When you’re hot, you’re hot.
35 years ago. And Luann is barely 18.
They had a Long engagement before they got serious and got around to having Kids.
Deal with it, Luann. Dad was hot! A Chick Magnet!
—Not that you’d know anything about Animal Magnetism, as it used to be called….
Cue Fountains of Wayne’s “Stacy’s Mom” and get ready for the return of Aaron Hill. Or, maybe T.J. could do, although we don’t know whether or not T.J. swings that way. Where did he come from, anyway?
Frank did need that boost. Luann has put him through a lot lately
As a male, in a room full of divorced cougars, I get invited to lunch frequently.
My kids have the same reaction when we mention how hot we were ‘back then’. And we still think so after all these years. Good role model for a long marriage, I say!
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