Although technically Loretta is unaware of Leroy ignoring her to gaze at the nearby beach bimbo, I'm inclined to give him a point on this one. The scene is far too delicious a victory for Leroy for him to get denied a point on a technicality; additionally Loretta will become aware of her rejection within the next moment. It's a shame we don't get to see the distracted Leroy carelessly kick Loretta on the back with his massive feet as well. Leroy gets the point and stakes himself to the early 1-0 lead.
I always find it ironic whenever Loretta makes fun of Leroy for being bad with money, given how her reckless spending is one of the reasons the Lockhorns are deeply in debt. Perhaps Leroy wouldn't have to resort to so many desperate money making schemes if Loretta hadn't bankrupted the household. Leroy really should take advantage of this fact and take more shots at Loretta for it. Also given the current dismal state of the Lockhorns' finances, shouldn't it be more like a "get-poorer-quick" scheme? Culpability aside, Loretta gets the point and ties things up 1-1.
It's just another day at the office as Loretta lands one of her classic punchlines about Leroy's lack of intelligence. I have to give Loretta her due credit, it's the kind of solid, straightforward, professional put down that has won her the title every year since this blog started. That being said, I was more than a little distracted by the painting the Lockhorns' wall. I initially though it was of just a blank white circle, but now I'm starting to think it's a painting of an egg. Loretta gets the point and moves ahead 2-1.
At least we know that driving while talking on the cellphone is not one of the causes of Loretta's frequent car crashes. This almost comes off as a positive statement about Loretta by Leroy, almost. Though there is some distance between Loretta and Leroy, I am going to assume Loretta heard Leroy's comments about her excessive devotion to talking on the phone. She is well within the area to overhear him. As for Leroy, he should consider moving to a spot not directly behind the car. Leroy scores the point and the day is tied 2-2.
Sometimes, like in this scene, Leroy can own his cheapness and use it against Loretta. She could have said the same line that Leroy said and it would have been the point and match for her. Instead, Leroy beat her to the punch and now the line becomes a humiliating order for Loretta to use one of her handbags to steal buffet food. Leroy earns the point and pulls off the rare clutch victory and gets a much needed Sunday Showdown victory 3-2.
*Author's Note: This scene doesn't make much sense. Currently there are plenty of sports viewing options tonight including: Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference finals, Two NHL playoff games (including a potential elimination game 5 for the NY Rangers), and both the Yankees and Mets are in action.
It is never a good situation when the words "Leroy" and "underwear" appear in the same sentence. Loretta puts in some extra snooping work to ring out an insult about Leroy's poor golfing skills long after he returned from hitting the links. I bet Leroy thought he dodged a bullet when Loretta wasn't around to see him struggle in the sand traps. He should know already that few things ever get by the always vigilant Loretta. Combine that with Leroy's supremely lazy attitude and it's no wonder she had dominated him all these years. Loretta gets the point and goes up 1-0.
Even the Lockhorns are fans of the biggest show on cable (though that odd title screen may indicate a different "The Walking Dread" program). Loretta's zinger about Leroy's early morning appearance is pretty weak, but it's still enough to give the panel to her. I'm sure Loretta looks half dead as well when getting up in the morning; really it's the worst most of us will look all day. Not quite the devastating personal burn on Leroy I was expecting but Loretta still banks a point and now leads 2-0.
Whether intentionally or unintentionally, every meal Leroy gets prepared by Loretta may end up being his last. The man seems to have no problems with such a dangerous lifestyle. Of course to him death would be a sweet and wonderful release from the never ending torture of his marriage. I think Loretta knows that and always manages to have her meals be dangerously sickening but just shy of fatal. Leroy scores a point and now trails Loretta 2-1.
Loretta comes off extra cruel here. This isn't just some embarrassing slip or a comically clumsy accident; Leroy looks to be severely injured and hanging on to dear life as Loretta continues to laugh at how he got there. In addition, there were apparently other witnesses to Leroy's horrific accident that also shared Loretta's amusement at Leroy's pain. It's kind of like a reverse "It's a Wonderful Life" where Leroy is surprised at the outpouring of hatred towards him from everyone he knows. Loretta chalks up another point and locks up another Sunday with a 3-1 lead going into the final panel.
Wouldn't a stamping system be more useful when someone is being given permission to enter a location and that person needs to be identified? How is Loretta stamping Leroy going to prevent him from getting into other bars and clubs to ogle the local bimbos? I suppose the stamp could just be a routine that Loretta uses to give permission for Leroy to leave, but I can't see it being all that useful. However the whole system was useful enough for Loretta to humiliate Leroy in front of company and score her an extra bonus point as she takes the day 4-1.
I can't imagine any state would require an individual's weight to be listed on their driver's license. New York definitely doesn't have a weight listing. There were a handful of other more believable directions Leroy could have gone. He could have said Loretta is trying to get back to her college weight or the weight that she thinks she is in her mind. Driver's license weight is just nonsensical. Still, the real goal behind his comment is to draw attention to how buffoonish Loretta looks working out on her mercilessly strained exercise ball, which Leroy manages to do. Leroy gets the first point and leads 1-0.
With today being Mother's Day and all I would have been quite disappointed if there wasn't at least one panel involving a visit from Loretta's mother. Though she hasn't arrived yet at this point, Leroy is already fully prepared to greet her in the customary fashion. Is Leroy's exaggerated attempt at a smile an overly juvenile move? Of course, but it's still good enough for a point. Leroy rushes ahead to a 2-0 lead.
Kudos for Leroy for finding a way to mock Loretta's cooking outside of the kitchen/dinning room environment. If Leroy can continue to find more ways to insult Loretta's cooking skills outside of the home, he just may have a chance at winning out the year. The reference to Loretta's inedible meals curtailing gluttony is such an obvious joke that I'm surprised it hasn't been covered already. In shocking fashion, Leroy has managed to take the first three points of the Showdown to clinch victory. Now the only question is, can he make it a five point sweep? Leroy leads 3-0.
Loretta finally comes through on the fourth panel and manages to preserve a little bit of pride. Her jab at Leroy comes off as particularly blunt and cruel. There isn't much wordplay or cleverness to it, she's basically saying her husband got fat and bald since she married him. If this were a non-Sunday panel, I would have had a difficult time distilling the message any further. It's just a shot of straight nastiness by Loretta. Loretta gets her first point and trails Leroy 3-1.
It is interesting how just the inclusion of Loretta turns the activity of fishing from one of Leroy's favorite pursuits into a reasonable facsimile of Hell. Being trapped on a small boat with no one else but Loretta for hours upon hours; it's an absolute nightmare. Even the fish know well enough to steer clear of the Lockhorns when they're together. Though the final score turned out to be close, this Showdown was already over by the third scene. Loretta's sabotage of Leroy's fishing trip earns her a point but the final score gives the day to Leroy 3-2.
Leroy thought he could just saunter right into the kitchen and knock out an easy point with an insult at the expense of Loretta's mother. Unfortunately, Loretta was waiting to drop a devastating reversal. It took me an extra moment but I got the second meaning of Loretta's "lower opinion" comment, it's a bit more clever than her usual one liners; a great way to kick off the Sunday Showdown. Loretta has certainly brought her A game today, hopefully Leroy can match her effort. Loretta takes the first point and leads 1-0.
After decades upon decades of receiving verbal abuse by Loretta due to his sloppy home appearance, one would think Leroy would try to at least put on a pair of paints for crying out loud. He just makes it so easy for Loretta to unload on him. It's amazing how one man can be so prone to entropy. At the drop of a hat he develops the kind of slovenly presence that would take a vagrant on skid row months to cultivate. Loretta scores another point and surges ahead 2-0.
A quick view of the panel would appear to show a familiar scene of Leroy mocking Loretta's food, but upon closer reading it doesn't quite turn out that way. This is actually more an indictment of Leroy than Loretta. Surprisingly Loretta comes off as the one with the better sense of food. Leroy is the one who seems more likely to eat rotten food. This is a blown opportunity for Leroy to get back into the series. He's lucky Loretta didn't respond to his statement, it probably would have led to her getting another point. It's a push. Loretta leads 2-0.
Prime balcony seats at the opera means Leroy is bored and unhappy. Ever the ultimate philistine, Leroy opts to watch terrible TV programming over whatever cultural benefits may come from the theater experience. Loretta must know that she's opening herself up to a zinger by Leroy by bringing Leroy along. Perhaps Loretta's love of the stage is so great that she is willing to sacrifice a panel so she can attend. Then again, she's usually ahead most of the time so it's not as heavy a burden. Leroy wins a point and trails Loretta 2-1.
I cannot remember the last time I saw a panel where other people were mocking the Lockhorns. These sorts of scenes are quite uncommon. They give us a rare glimpse into the perspectives of the people being exposed to the Lockhorns' misery. Maybe one day we'll finally get a scene that explains why the Lockhorns are still constantly invited to parties despite nobody liking them. As much as I'd like to give the lady here a point for her jab at the Lockhorns, this has to be ruled a push. Loretta manages to hold on 2-1 to take the day.