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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 12/31/2008

The E-Mailbag: Guess the Fate of Sally Forth

By Michael Cavna

SALLY FORTH: The plot -- and Ted's mental capabilities -- thickens. (KFS)Enlarge Comic

"Sally Forth" has gotten so juicy, one inspired commenter was moved yesterday to foresee the story's climactic denouement -- the Big Reveal, as it were:

"In Thursday's Sally Forth," writes "ramgut," Hilary "will walk into her parents' bedroom and find Sally, Ted, and Aria in bed together, hungover."

The strip, it seems, is giving loyal readers a true holiday gift by circling back to one of "Sally's" juiciest developments of the year. Never one to look a gift "Forth" in the mouth, 'Riffs can't help but speculate, too. To wit:

1. Sally will challenge Aria to a girl-on-girl showdown, as the two women (fighting for Ted, if one can believe that) reach for various office supplies. Sally wins when she staple-guns Aria's frocks to an enormous greaseboard.

2. The long-repressed Ted, making like "The Last Starfighter," will fly off with Aria for greater intergalatic adventure. Brewster Rockit, watch your back.

3. Sally and Aria will become fast friends, getting together for lunch power-dates, catching films such as "Marley & Me" and happily debating whether the apparently spineless Ted is actually a human vertebrate.

That said, 'Riffs welcomes your speculative scenarios, no matter how far-fetched or diabolical: Just what will happen to Ted, Sally and the Other Woman?

By Michael Cavna  | December 31, 2008; 11:00 AM ET
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Back in September I put on my blog eight possible outcomes to the Aria storyline:

One of them seems to be only a week off:

"A really, really awkward Christmas Party with an embarrassing encounter at the meatloaf bar."

What did I win?

Posted by: yellojkt | December 31, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

And my favorite guess (which is still a possibility):

"Co-ed naked Rock-'Em Sock-'Em Robots."

Posted by: yellojkt | December 31, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

It turns out that Ted is dying, but doesn't know it. Sally got Aria to hit on him so he feels better about himself. When Ted finds out, he dedicates himself to teaching Hilary the banjo before he dies.

Posted by: Montanan | December 31, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Being his usual clueless self, Ted will continue to chat with Aria. The result will be that Sally will give Ted the silent treatment and not talk to him for the next six months. The lack of dialogue will result in many awards for the strip and praise for the improvement.

Spiderman: he's going to change his red/black costume for pink/mauve and announce that he's engaged to JJ Jameson.

Posted by: MAL9000 | December 31, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Ted gets caught trying to show Aria his "o face."

Posted by: jcbcmb68 | January 1, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse know what I'm talking about.

Posted by: jcbcmb68 | January 1, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Sally will indulge in a rare display of true emotion rather than wry snarky asides. Unfortunately, that true emotion will be a mixture of jealousy, insecurity and hatred. Ted will find this glimpse into Sally's secret self so unappealing he will leave her for the younger, more attractive, more adoring Aria. He will realize he feels good about himself, and happy, when he's with Aria; unlike when he's with Sally, when he always feels inadequate, and is the butt of all her wry asides. At least that's how it worked out with my mom and dad and his first wife.

Posted by: momhon57 | January 1, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

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