The flier must be a message directed towards Leroy since it contains no other information about the party seeking the lost tools. I guess the fliers were specifically placed along a route that the Lockhorns were sure to take. Given the excessive effort, Murray Lenhart comes off as an exceptionally petty individual. It makes me question why he even lent Leroy the tools initially. You can't rule out the possibility that Leroy just stole the tools in the first place. Loretta's observation about the whole situation doesn't merit her getting a point, so I have to rule this a push. The score is 0-0.
At this point, Pullman must be able to spot Loretta's punchlines a mile away. Whenever she opens up a statement about Leroy he must know it'll end with a brief pause followed by some obvious criticism of Leroy. His lack of surprise at Loretta's "revelation" seems to back up this assumption. For all we know he might be ignoring the Lockhorns all together and planning an upcoming vacation or his weekend plans. Loretta gets the first point and takes a 1-0 lead.
I'm trying to imagine how a password protection feature would work on a electric bathroom scale. How could Loretta program the scale to recognize that it's her and have it only give out her weight after inserting a password? I'm thinking maybe the scale is used exclusively by Loretta and that for it to be turned on a password is required. That is far too much thought to be given to Leroy's mediocre fat joke. Still, it's a point for Leroy as the day is tied 1-1.
I always find it implausible that the Lockhorns know so many young couples and that they are constantly being invited to their weddings despite their long track record of bringing everyone down on wedding day. Here another new groom is given some wise martial advice from a experienced husband, mainly that he is totally screwed. Loretta is none too pleased to overhear. Leroy scores another point and takes a 2-1 lead.
Loretta is really making something out of nothing here. Leroy is just reading the paper. There really isn't anything deplorable that he's doing that deserves a pass-by insult. Had Leroy been caught attempting to hide from Loretta and her friend, her salvo might have been warranted. Although this is all assuming that Leroy is actually reading some text on the inside pages while the outside is blank for some reason. Loretta gets the point and manages to force a 2-2 push on the day.
To be fair I don't think there was ever a point in Leroy's life where "the world was his oyster". Maybe things might have been a little brighter before he married Loretta but I can't imagine him ever being in a fortunate situation in his entire life. Loretta probably means by her comment that Leroy avoids all the potential opportunities in life like someone with a shellfish allergy would avoid oysters. Or maybe it's more literal and she poisoned Leroy's food, thus putting him into anaphylactic shock. Either way, Loretta gets the point and leads 1-0.
I do wonder what sort of confessions would Leroy make every week in the booth. If he has enough self awareness he should first knock off extreme sloth, then excessive anger at Loretta and generally the world, and then maybe throw in some light coveting of other women. Leroy's priest seems more than willing to help him recall all of his recent transgressions. Leroy may be in for some serious Hail Mary assignments. It's a push as Loretta maintains her 1-0 advantage.
Leroy could not have been anymore flagrant in his objectification of Loretta. His comment here comes off as particularly effective since it hits in two ways. The objectification of Loretta as a car gives Leroy the sexism angle, but characterizing her has a car in need of repairs cruelly slaps her on a personal level. It's a macro and mirco insult; well played. If Leroy wants to start catching up, he'll have to start bring out A list material like this with greater frequency. Leroy scores the point and the day is tied 1-1.
This one barely registers as a joke. The only thing that distinguishes her insult from just a request to leave the food court is her decision to phrase it like a legal court request...hilarious. I almost gave the point to Leroy here since he was the one annoying Loretta with his dawdling at the food court, but I figured she was breaking up his fun by making them go shopping; and there is no doubt in my mind that she will make Leroy get up from that table to go shopping. Loretta edges out the point, the score is 2-1 Loretta.
I don't know what the ethical rules of marriage counseling are but Pullman is certainly pretty open when it comes to showing off dysfunctional freak show that his the Lockhorns. He particularly likes to display the Lockhorns at their worst to his receptionist while making complaints about his job. Despite the apparent futility of it all, the Lockhorns must think they're making some sort of progress since they keep playing to see him. It's a push, which means Loretta holds on for the 2-1 Sunday victory.
Loretta's statement about braille and body language feels vaguely offensive towards the blind. Her comment is also sort of unnecessary. Clearly Leroy does not need a refresher to know what reading body language means, all he ever does this is stare at other women's bodies. Still, I suppose she is calling him out on his wandering eye and that is marginally enough of a reason to give her the points here, but I for one am not all that impressed. Loretta starts things off with a score, leads 1-0.
Now that I think about it, is there such a thing as a bad tradition? I guess something like bride napping could be considered a generally bad tradition. So Loretta's comment about changing your perspective about a bad habit doesn't quite work. Additionally, of all the bad habits that Leroy has, is knuckle cracking the one that Loretta wants to single out? However, once again like the the previous panel, her weak reasoning is still enough to win her the panel. Loretta gets the point and takes a 2-0 lead.
This is likely no exaggeration by Leroy, there was a legitimate chance that Loretta would have cooked a dinner containing asbestos. Whether the asbestos would have been added intentionally or just through total neglect is not clear. Still, this surprising reduction in carcinogens in the meal probably elevates this dinner to top tier status in her personal best meals list. Leroy gets the point but trails Loretta 2-1.
Much like Leroy, I am not much of a fan of operas so I would venture a blind guess that they're watching "Carmen"? I think someone gets murdered at the end of that. The theater has subtly become a positive location for Leroy. While it's no dinner table, Leroy has had a high degree of success being bored in the balcony. I wonder why Loretta keeps opening herself up to such liability by bringing him there. I suppose she'll do nearly anything to make Leroy miserable. Leroy gets the point and ties things up 2-2.
If only Leroy were here, this would have been a solid burn on him; plus it would have sealed up another Sunday Showdown for Loretta. Alas, the presence rule applies. Only someone as incompetent with technology as Leroy could install a flat screen wall TV upside down and cause it to display only in white and black lines. It can almost be counted as a point for Leroy if he intended to ruin Loretta and her friends' TV watching time by intentionally screwing things up. It's a push and the day ends in a tie 2-2.
For all the criticism Loretta gets for her poor driving, Leroy isn't all that skilled a motorist himself. Whenever the Lockhorns are pulled over for speeding or some other driving infraction, it is often Leroy that's behind the wheel. Still, constantly getting pull over by the police is much better than constantly getting into massive, fatal, car wrecks. Leroy should consider himself lucky here, by the enraged look on the trooper's face, he may have been one more insult away from shooting both Lockhorns and claiming self defense. It's a push, the score remains 0-0.
Looking back over past Lockhorn panels, Loretta's claim that Leroy only comes to church twice a year is completely false. There are plenty of scenes of the Lockhorns being dysfunctional at church in any given year. Maybe she's referring to this specific church? Of course there's no reason why she wouldn't just make it up so the analogy to Leroy's lack of gym attendance would work; the truth is never an obstacle. Loretta picks up the point and takes a 1-0 lead.
Based on their unusually surprised expressions, I'm going to assume this couple haven't met the Lockhorns before. Anyone with prior exposure to Leroy would know that his default mood is anger and unhappiness. I suppose the fact that they are willingly paying a call to the Lockhorns' home would also indicate a lack of prior experience with them. Come to think of it I imagine Leroy is pretty surly in his sleep as well. Loretta scores the point and leads 2-0.
A swell burn on the wait times for automated phone systems (then again it's a machine, so what does it care), but it does nothing to help Leroy make up ground on Loretta. Loretta seems a little peeved at the lengths Leroy has gone in preparation for his call, however it's not quite enough to earn Leroy the point. I hope his handheld has a speaker phone button. It's a push which means Loretta clinches victory early with a 2-0 lead with one panel to go.
Not one to rest on her laurels after wrapping up another Sunday victory, Loretta pours it on by mocking how much Leroy pours it out. It may have been the last, superfluous scene of the day but I admit that this is my favorite. I can almost hear the rimshot in the distance. I suppose one could also interpret Loretta's comment as saying that Leroy is descended from the House of Bourbon and is descended from Europeon royalty. Perhaps she should have gone with "rye"? Loretta gets the point and caps an utterly dominating performance 3-0.