The Riff: "Garfield's" Jon Arbuckle: Unlucky Chap or Self-Loathing Sicko?
Comic strip or particularly sordid episode of VH1's "Behind the Music"?
Judging by the rogues' gallery of single women who make up Jon Arbuckle's creepy dating history, it's a close call.
This week, Jon -- who was showing so much hope with new squeeze Liz -- remembers his worst girlfriends, from the psychotic to the allegedly beastly. Sure, he's just setting up his memories like bowling pins for Garfield to knock down with one-liners, but soon we've got to wonder: Is Jon just an unlucky chap whose high-school class voted "most likely to date a kitchen appliance," or is he a self-loathing wackjob with much deeper issues toward women?
Garfield, ol' boy -- you're becoming the sane-in-the-membrane character in this little comic play. That is, presuming you're really mocking Jonny A. and aren't a true accomplice.
Are we typing with tongue pressed in cheek? But of course...mostly. We can depreciate a cliched mother-in-law joke with the best of 'em. As soon as we're done not laughing, though, we still can't help but ponder: Just how twisted can Master Arbuckle become over days of "My Ex-Girlfriend Was So [Blank]" jokes before it's time for an intervention.
When you're done with the nap and the pasta, Garfield, make like Lassie and call for help. And Liz, sweet Liz: Get out while you can, doc. With any luck, it'll be a good five years before the Jim Davis Factory mocks your hair, hands and mental health. Live your life, because Loser Jon apparently does not have one.
| September 30, 2008; 11:00 AM ET
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