And I suspect the strip’s creators have come to realize that, hence the introduction of Fay and the subsequent story arcs built around her.
This reminiscence serves to emphasize that “the dumb stuff that 13-year-olds do” is this strip’s strength, way more than “the dumb stuff that college students do, when they act as if they were still 13”. Expect to see Fay doing lots more dumb stuff from here on out.
She’s making a meta-comment on the new direction of the strip. Luann, you’ve done such a great job of mentoring Fay that she’s taking over your job as star of the strip!
Maybe somebody should notify the cops, at long last? A major crime has been committed at the Fuse, the owners’ daughter is aware of it, and… she does nothing, because it’s a private feud between Ann and Tiffany???
“You might, You might not. You might BOTH!” Schroedinger’s butterfly!!!
The “dorm room thief” arc was obviously finished when we were told her name and then she immediately showed up as Luann’s classmate, indicating that there would be no further legal action (i.e., apparently no jail time at all). That arc was thus finished and implausible. The “lingerie scam” arc similarly will be implausible, if it resumes with no one’s having alerted the cops that a major crime was committed – at the Fuse!!! (Gee, who owns that place? And their daughter was told that it was a scam, and she didn’t report it? I wonder whether that means the owners are complicit in the crime?)
Remember that when the campus cops went to Tara’s room, they found a lot of stolen stuff there. Stealing just the lousy and ancient portable TV, and smashing the glass in a vending machine, might be considered an offense for which jail time could be avoided (if it were her first offense) by being sentenced to probation and community service. But a dorm room loaded with stolen stuff has to result in some jail time, surely?
It’s just strange that in all the scenes set in the DeGroot home (where Pru lives, we never see her, even in the background. Same for Quill at the Berger home, even though a lot of the strip takes place there too. Especially when everyone is gathered for dinner, Pru and Quill are conspicuous in their absence. Did they move out without telling us?
“Yes, Mildred, time travel is possible. It’s an old Soviet invention!”
How can that arc be finished, when a major crime has been committed, more than a hundred women have been swindled out of hundreds of dollars each, and no one ever bothered to call the cops or inform those hundred women that they were defrauded? This was not just an Ann vs. Tiffany scenario, it was an Ann vs. the law situation, and Ann won, because no one considered the crime important once Luann, Des, Tiff, and Tara got their money back. If that actually is in fact the end of it, then it was very poorly thought out.