In the home stretch of 2005, we find the continuation of the "Oleohoff Dynasty" storyline.

Hey, I like that title. If only I had thought of it 12 years ago.

Sensing his father’s displeasure, Bill Jr. does the honorable thing: he runs, fast and hard. While fleeing the premises, he encounters a lady customer who merely wants some grape seltzer, and he naturally turns the store completely over to her. Wouldn’t you?

Later, Bill Sr. visits the store looking for an explanation and / or a neck to wring.

At the behest of his wife, Bill Sr. reluctantly agrees to let Madame Carkeys go do that voodoo that she do so well.

As you can probably tell, Madame Carkeys is an utter fraud. Thirty-five cents at a New Jersey toll booth? Oho, I think not.

Meanwhile, in the Fred and Maureen universe, Maureen has come home from a hard day of sustenance shopping and she is deeply troubled by an injustice.

I repeat: Jerry is a model son.

At the risk of breaking my arm from patting myself on the back, that is a great segue. I like the way these stories weave into and out of each other.

Shoot, there goes the arm.


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