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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 09/30/2008

The Riff: "Garfield's" Jon Arbuckle: Unlucky Chap or Self-Loathing Sicko?

By Michael Cavna

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.

Now showing: the gruesome dating history of Jon Arbuckle. (UPS) Enlarge Comic

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.

By Michael Cavna  | September 30, 2008; 11:00 AM ET
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jon arbuckle and jim davis were born on the same day. coincidence? in his heart of hearts, jon = jim.

Posted by: Davis' Alter Ego | September 30, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I believe you're referring to "Behind the Music" on VH1

Posted by: Boutros | September 30, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse


this Garfield was actually funny!

Posted by: charlie | September 30, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

yes, thanks Boutros. and speaking of (as long as we're off-topic), we offer our Top Eight "Behind the Music" episodes in terms of guilty-pleasure faves:

1. leif garrett.
2. mc hammer
3. metallica
4. rick james
5. milli vanilli
6. david cassidy
7. vanilla ice
8. ted nugent


Posted by: M.C. | September 30, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

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