Although "The Lockhorns" often strive to incorporate actual Long Island businesses and landmarks, I could not find a bar named Arthur's in the general area. The closest I came was Arthur's Barber Shop in Levittown. Is it a potential speakeasy style front for the actual bar? I won't rule out the possibility. Poor Leroy, he can't even enjoy the briefest of repasts from Loretta's constant angry nagging. She doesn't seem to be impressed with his Bogart impression either. Loretta starts off with a point.
I am assuming that Loretta is covering her face in shame and embarrassment. Initially I thought maybe Leroy had terrible body odor and the reverend had brought it up during their sermon. I think any kind of clue whatsoever as to the topic of the sermon would have been helpful here. It was obviously a humiliating situation but you have to give us viewers something to work with here. Regardless, Loretta scores the point for her efforts and goes up 2-0.
For such a notoriously inept cook, Loretta seems to have a good handle on cooking terms at the very least. I think both Lockhorns have long since given up on adding "spice" to their marriage, just around the time of their wedding I suppose. The treadmill looks entirely too small for Loretta but then again I guess all treadmills look small when Loretta's monstrous feet are on them, straining their motors to their limit. It's a push but Loretta still remains in control 2-0.
Sir Nagged-A-Lot? Pretty weak effort by Leroy there. The only thing I can think of lazier than making a comment based on doing a variation on Sir Lancelot with a (blank)-A-Lot is adding "gate" to every scandal or controversy (Spygate, Weinergate, etc.). Apparently the pun is so bad the one guy in the back is opting to stare at an empty wall than even face Leroy. Still, for Leroy a point is a point. Loretta still leads 2-1.
With the blank hopeless stare out the window and overall sullen demeanor, Leroy looks exactly like someone in a commercial for antidepressants. It sure looks like he could use a few at the moment. Unfortunately for him, Loretta does not recognize (or just flat out chooses to ignore) the blatant signs of Leroy's deep depression and cruelly writes off his gloominess to being unbearably dull. Cold blooded, but it gets Loretta the point and gives her a dominant 3-1 Sunday victory.
For the second consecutive Sunday the Lockhorns open up the showdown with a scene involving movie rentals (at least this time they have DVDs). Perhaps in a decade or two they'll start having disagreements over their shared Netflix Instant Watch queue. In addition to it being about rentals, the joke again is about Leroy's alleged inability to stay awake through a feature length movie. Is this going to be a new common source of mockery for Leroy? Should I create a new tag for it? Also, I really hope Loretta's personal "after Leroy" movie is rated PG or below. Loretta gets the first point.
In a triumphant moment of personal victory, Leroy demonstrates to Loretta and her ever sour looking mother just how much progress he has made against his illiteracy problem. He boldly proclaims how he can finally begin to understand all the nasty discussions and conversations they once blatantly spelled out in front of him. I guess they'll just have to settle for insulting him directly to his face from here on out. Leroy ties it up 1-1.
We find the Lockhorns at the end of a particularly heated exchange inside their mustard yellow limbo dimension. The vibrations caused by Loretta angrily stomping away with those massive hooves must register at least a 4.0 on the local Richter readout. Loretta's comeback is simplistic yet effective. Sometimes for all the wordplay and clever barbs, you may be best served by just calling the other person stupid. Loretta takes the lead 2-1.
Leroy must have gone through some bit of effort to find that massive novelty pill cutter for his dig at Loretta. I think he could have made essentially the same crack using a paper trimmer, but I guess the ridiculous pill cutter makes for an amusing visual pun. Judging by the use of the pill cutter, Loretta appears to have problems under cooking her lima beans. While still inedible, the fact that they still look like lima beans instead of some gray industrial sludge makes this one of her most successful dishes yet. Leroy ties it up and forces a deciding fifth panel.
Loretta comes through as she has so often done in the clutch with another well played fifth panel. I found her little deck of cards analogy to be more clever than usual. She could have also incorporated the spade by adding "...and afterwards I'd bury him with a spade", but I suppose that would have led to a more cumbersome line. Actually now that I think about it, there are a multitude of poker/playing card analogies that could be made (flush, pairs, joker, etc.). I'm sure Loretta has a personal notebook full of them. Loretta takes an exciting Sunday Showdown 3-2.
Leave it to the Lockhorns to lead off the Showdown with a scene involving video rentals. Perhaps they will follow it up with an argument at the local telegraph office. In addition to finding an actual brick and mortar video store (an increasingly rare sight in this Netflix era), judging by the size and shape of the boxes, the Lockhorns have managed to find one that exclusively carries VHS rentals; impressive. As for the scene itself, Loretta gets the point for cruelly mocking Leroy's valiant attempt at overcoming his narcolepsy and finishing the movie he rented previously. Loretta leads 1-0.
I'm slightly confused at what Leroy is doing with his junk emails. We can all agree that the disagreement is based around Leroy not deleting his junk emails, but what he is doing with it seems a bit ambiguous. I think he's actually printing out his junk emails so he can have the physical sensation of crumpling them up like paper junk mail. This is, of course, completely insane and worthy of ridicule, but since it appears to be part motivated by the fact it's totally annoying Loretta I'm inclined to give Leroy the point here. The showdown is tied 1-1.
Loretta can be such an unrelenting art snob at times. She has no tolerance for Leroy's love of kitch art and never misses an opportunity to chastise him when they are looking at works of art. Perhaps Leroy just isn't into De Stijl as much as you Loretta, have you considered that? Also in his defense that particular piece does look like a poster board full of colored post-its. As mean and unwarranted as her dismissal of Leroy may be, a point is still a point. Loretta goes up 2-1.
Today we get an extremely rare, candid, behind the scenes look, at counselor Pullman's thoughts after a session with the Lockhorns. Since we almost exclusively see him in session looking muted and depressed while the Lockhorns continue to bicker or just repeating a hurtful insult one Lockhorn said to another, it's quite fascinating to see this new perspective. To his credit, the counselor does seem to be giving some sort of good faith effort in improving the Lockhorns' relationship. Who knew? Push.
Young children are a pretty rare sight in the world of the Lockhorns, since most of the scenes involve just the childless couple or are in adult cocktail parties/functions. Here one of the Lockhorns' younger friends makes the unforgivably negligent mistake of exposing their child to the horrors of the Lockhorns, unwittingly turning him into an accessory to Leroy's crack about Loretta's cooking. If child services ever found out the couple's son was being exposed to this much toxic negativity, he would be taken away in an instant. Leroy gets in the last panel point to tie the score and end the day on a 2-2 push.
I'm not sure if Loretta has a full grasp on the phrase "born yesterday". No one is actually saying that someone is literally a day old newborn when they refer to them as having been "born yesterday"; they mean that the person is acting dumb or foolish as if they were just born yesterday. Loretta seems to think she's come up with a whole new variation on the phrase when she's just redundantly using it in the exact manner which it is normally used. However, at the end of the day (or ruined party) it is still an insult and a valid point for Loretta.
Why doesn't Leroy just lock the bathroom door when he goes to weigh himself on the scale? After all these years he must be acutely aware of how much of a sitting duck it makes him. By now Loretta has probably fine tuned her hearing to be able to always detect the sound of Leroy getting on the bathroom scale from anywhere in the house (of course with feet that big, even the neighbors can probably hear him stomping around). Loretta appears to be running away with another showdown as she goes up 2-0.
Loretta shouldn't look so miffed about Leroy's optimistic projection, it'll be six or seven glorious weeks of separation for her as well. I suspect she's more upset that she didn't get to praise jury duty before Leroy. Really either Lockhorn could have said the line and have gotten the credit. Fortunately for Leroy, he manages to be quicker on the draw and prevents Loretta from clinching the day and keeps his hopes alive for a comeback victory. It's 2-1, Loretta.
I find Loretta's statement to be a bit confusing. So Leroy's promise to "love, honor, and cherish" were seen as threats by Loretta? Is she relieved that his promise to do these things turned out to be hollow and that he has done none of them? It would make more sense if Loretta was lamenting over the fact that Leroy's promises were idle, but by calling them threats and not specifying whether it was a positive or negative development that he didn't carry through on them makes the whole thing ambiguous. In the end it's a moot point though since Leroy isn't even in the panel. Push.
Loretta dips into a little legalese for her high brow zinger at Leroy. Most likely Loretta is using the phrase figuratively, basically saying that Leroy's attention and mind are dedicated to television. However, there might be a possibility that she is being far more literal and stating that Leroy only consumes movies, books, etc. that are in the public domain (maybe because he's cheap or old?). There could also be a third reading; that all the works of intellectual property Leroy has created are no longer protected or have been forfeited (old and stupid?). Loretta clinches yet another Sunday Showdown, 3-1.