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Jean's turned Neil into a woman so many times that she now counts as her own character. Rodge has a huge crush on her.
Comics: 38Recent Appearance: Jeanie Bottle 427First Appearance: Jeanie Bottle 194
A junior engineer, who works for a small engineering firm in Cocoa Beach. The firm focuses mostly on NASA projects.Neil is Jean’s best friend. When Jean was turned into a genie, Neil somehow became Jean’s master.
Comics: 133Recent Appearance: Jeanie Bottle 427First Appearance: Jeanie Bottle 1
Neil's co-worker. Kindof a horn dog. Has a big crush on Neil's female alter ego, Natalie.
Comics: 65Recent Appearance: Jeanie Bottle 427First Appearance: Jeanie Bottle 194
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And I thought panel 1 from last week was awesome!!
Looks like girl with glasses is going to hit on Rodge.
I like how Rodge’s angel and devil are Neil and Natalie, though they both are telling him to behave.
Yeah, it looks like Rodge got two angels.
And Natalie looks super cute, nice the way the colors match Neil’s.
Wait wait wait– “Cheat on both of us“?
I assume the “us” is Jeanie and Natalie–but how the heck is Rodge cheating on Natalie?
Seems like a better phrasing would have been “ignore both of us”?
That IS a cute outfit Natalie has on, though. Rodge has a good imagination.
Yes, a cute outfit–but not as revealing as the lingerie Natalie was wearing in I Dream of Green Eyes or the nightie Rodge found in Natalie’s luggage in I Dream of Las Vegas.. It might be meant to indicate that Rodge isn’t just attracted to Natalie but respects her. Maybe he’s even falling in love with her instead of just falling in lust. In that case you’ve got to be sorry for poor Rodge, getting honest passion toward someone who can never return it.
On the other hand, over in Sailorsun.org, Trav’s found true love with his best friend turned into a girl–or at least the Berry edition of Bay.
Maybe we should have a poll about this…
I don’t really think that Trav’s story is likely to repeat with Rodge. Neil isn’t stuck as Natalie, and is unlikely to become so. So he’s not likely to become comfortable enough with femininity to become like Berry and Bay.
Think of it from Rodge’s point of view. He’s very attracted to Natalie, and based on this panel, appears to imagine himself being her boyfriend.
> but how the heck is Rodge cheating on Natalie?
Well, they did “date” for a while.
You have to remember that Rodge would like to have Natalie as his girlfriend, and the angel/devil on the shoulder is just a part of his imagination, so in his imagination she’s already his girlfriend.
Okay, I see where this is going – boy, is Tina going to get a surprise! 😉 And Jean, too, for that matter.
I’m not sure we see the same thing. It looks like Tina is about to make a move on “Jean” (Rodge). Since the real Jean didn’t know Tina was his chief editor’s daughter, Rodge wouldn’t know that even if he had paid attention to his briefing on the plane. Now if Natalie had briefed him… sorry, almost got sidetracked.
Anyhooch, Rodge doesn’t know Tina at all, and when this becomes apparent to Tina, she’s going to be even angrier because “Jean” doesn’t even remember her, the heartless jerk! Will Tina disguise her anger? Will Rodge act like a perfect gentleman? All right, will Rodge try to be a perfect gentleman?
I hope Tina gets some shoulder angels. I’d really like to know what she’s thinking as she begins her attack run on Rodge.
Tom, I’m thinking that Tina is fully expecting Rodge/Jean to try to jump her bones – and is probably ready to rip him a new one for dumping her.
But Rodge doesn’t know her, and is holding back, per Neil’s warning, so will probably be polite & distant, making Tina think he has undergone a personality shift or has grown a conscience and is being loyal to Jeannie.
And this, coincidently, will disprove Jeannie’s contention that all guys sleep around, by showing that the one guy there, who everyone knows to be unscrupulous, has suddenly developed morals.
Well, that’s my prognostication, anyway. 😉
Welp… that will power didn’t last long.
Saaaayyy – In panel 1, is that Agent Anderson, doing undercover work?
(And hopefully, not ‘under-the-covers’ work!)
Huh, intriguing idea. I would guess not, but I’m honestly not sure.
Also an intriguing idea, but why would Agent Anderson be in New York working a party for a magazine? The only person in the cast Agent Anderson knows about is Rodge, and Rodge ain’t Rodge now. Anderson only saw Jeanie for a few minutes. Maybe I’m worried too much about backstories. However, given the giant plot holes in a lot of the original I Dream of Jeannie series (such as Tony’s fiancee who vanishes after the pilot episode), why not?
Who knows? Maybe DHS thinks one of the magazine writers is a security risk. It could be one of those coincidences that seem to happen whenever Jeannie is around.
The waitress is ‘Someone’, but I’m not going to say who.
You might want to check previous comics. There’s another waitress who might look familiar too.
Is it Araceli in disguise keeping an eye on Jean?
Daisy Duke seems to be the only other working waitress pictured in the series besides Jeanie. Apparently Daisy has finally realized she doesn’t have to stay in Hazzard County working for Boss Hogg, moved to New York, and is working the party. And by the look she has, she’s recognized Jeanie and is probably watching her leave the party. Daisy might have even overheard Jean and Rodge’s last conversation. Who pays attention to staff at these functions unless you need their services? Besides, Rodge has never met Daisy, and Jean has too much on her mind to recognize Daisy.
That a possibility Tom, I was kind of thinking that way too. But, if it is Daisy Duke, she had her hair cut short and had it died too. So unless Jeanie was looking for her, Jeanie probably would not have recognized her and/or had her attention other places than to see Daisy Duke serving people there drinks.
Definitely looks like it’s Heather.
@Tom & Larry:
I think you’re misunderstanding CD’s remark. He didn’t mean that there was another character who was previously a waitress, but rather that there is another one of the waitresses at this party that has been shown previously.
Now we just need to go back through the party strips and look carefully at the waitresses in the background to see who looks familiar.
HERE: There are three other strips that show waitresses at the party. See if you can spot any of them that look familiar.
http://jeaniebottle.com/?comic=jeanie-bottle-410 (Panel 3, next to short balding guy)
http://jeaniebottle.com/?comic=jeanie-bottle-409 (Panel 1, background between Jeannie & Rodge)
http://jeaniebottle.com/?comic=jeanie-bottle-408 (Panel 2, to left of Rodge, and Panel 4, to right of Jeannie)
You got me curious, so I checked the cast page again. That waitress in panel one does look like Agent Anderson. As for the other waitresses, there was one with long blonde hair, and the only other character listed on the cast page is Samantha from the Bewitched crossover. It doesn’t look like her though. There was one other who had short brown hair, and I could not find her on the cast page.
Are they perhaps “someone” from another comic? Maybe one of your earlier strips? I admit I have not checked them out yet.
Or perhaps maybe as yet to be introduced crossover characters?
I’m still betting on Daisy Duke. The other waitress may have been a Heather-clone, but if you look closely, you’ll see that exactly the same art is used for her three times. Her hair is also a different brown, and while she seems to have a bun in back, it’s not this waitress. Although it might be Araceli; she wears a bun in back. But I kind of think CD would have clued us in by putting a little blue hat on her.
I was writing a response a few hours ago when I lost wifi. What I was saying then was that I thought our mystery waitress in the first panel has a “Is that who I think it is?” look which would fit Daisy Duke. Daisy has met Jeanie before and seen Jeanie use magic. I think she’s watching Jeanie leave in that first panel.
Taking all bets!
“Who shot Mr. Burns!”, wait… the baby did it? what sense does that make?!
The blonde waitress is Betty from The Archie’s 🙂
Kattgirl, how did you get images into your post? That’s something I’ve wanted to do on these forums since forever.
Ah, Tom – you just have to know the right people!
CD was sweet enough to host the image mash-up for me on his server. Thank you, CD!
My inclination is still to say that Agent Anderson is the best visual match for the brunette waitress.
Although, given CD’s predilection for including background characters from other sources, I would say that Heather from SailorSun is a good second bet, which would mean that Honey would work for the blonde. (Bay is another possible for the brunette, but the hairstyle seems more like Heather’s, so I’ll go with her.)
Any other contenders?
I love it, Rodge is completely without his own inner voice. He needs the two aspects of Neil to have a concesence.
Rodge, Jeanie told you to socialize. So, socialize.
“Try not to get into trouble”, yesh.
The angery drunk is making her move, how strong is Rodgers will to live? Can he resist any attention throw at him from a good looking girl? Or will he risk screwing up Jean’s life and pissing off Jeanie? This and not many other question answer next week. On as the world turns around Jeanie.
I may be channeling How to Murder Your Wife, the classic comedy where Jack Lemmon has a wee bit too much to drink at some other guy’s bachelor party and wakes up married to the girl who came out of the cake. But wouldn’t it be wonderfully chaotic if Rodge wakes up the next morning married to Tina? Especially if Jean’s spell gets cancelled, possibly by her being bottled up again, and he wakes up as Rodge. Or even if Rodge finds himself stuck in Jean’s former body?
Jean had the better angels of her nature.
Whow, is Rodge hot for Neil?
No, he’s hot for Natalie. More precisely, her body.
He has a crush on Natalie. Consideringhow many times he seen her in sexy underwear how couldn’t he. He’s only human and she has a increadible figure.
I can’t help but notice that even though both Neil and Natalie are talking to him, Rodge appears to be staring at Natalie’s body.
Well, duh. It’s Rodge.
I don’t see Rodge having any such morals at all, he mostly operating is self defense mode and has no loyalty at all to any one like Jeanie, Neil or Natalie. As far as Neil or Natalie being his girlfriend, Rodge knows that she not going to be his girlfriend. But, he would still like to do a number Natalie body alias Neil any way, which he actually tried to do even know it was Neil that was at his apartment. Also remember that Rodge doesn’t know Tina and that she is the daughter of the publisher and Jean had a fling with her too.
The question I ask is how long will Rodge stay to the Neil and Natalie angle or demons?
I don’t know why Tina going to descend on Rodge or Jean in this chase? Is to to prove a point to Jeanie that Jean can’t be trusted and will cheat on her? Is Tina trying recover her self respect and go for round two when it come to putting on the charm on some man?
How long can Rodge stay faithful to even on a limited basses on what he was just thinking about, especially when Tina start putting the moves on Rodge with all girly charm that she can think up and use on Rodge?
I usually don’t feel sorry for Rodge, because he usually get what coming to him. But, this time “POOR RODGE”! He doesn’t know what coming at him and definitely going to be the innocent victim here.
Rodge isn’t refraining from hitting on the women out of any moral standards; Rodge is simply acting out of self-preservation, after remembering that Neil warned him that Jeannie could turn him into an amoeba.
As for Tina, I have a feeling that her come-hither look may be mostly due to her being three sheets to the wind by now. Rodge isn’t the only one who knows where the bar is.
That would work too. If Rodge start drinking and get three sheet to the wind too, they both could end up in the same hotel bedroom bed in the morning to the horror of both Tina and Rodge.
I like it!
It will be particularly interesting if Jeannie pops out of her bottle in the morning and immediately restores Rodge to his normal appearance – before realizing that he’s not alone in the bed. 😉 (smile)
Just a quibble, but Natalie’s bio popup says that her first appearance is Jeanie Bottle page 196 when she actually appears 3 pages before that on page 193.
And technically, Natalie’s first appearance is on page 11 in the strip club.
Oh, and Rodge’s first appearance is on page 27 as a yet unnamed coworker.
You know… after looking through the previous episodes in search of the above mentioned waitresses, I think I stumbled onto what Jean’s plan for showing them that all men sleep around.
Episode 414… The first panel Jeannie says she can prove that all men sleep around. Tina says that she will just tell her fiance to sleep around. In panel two she says that she doesn’t have to tell anyone anything. So… the theories of having Rodge prove it by sleeping around are all out the window.
So, how will Jeannie do it? Well, she just slipped out to write another review. Who is to stop her from coming back in male form and then sleeping around with these girls again? Maybe even in different forms as to make it seem as if every guy there is sleeping around? It would be a big ego trip to sleep with them all again in the same night!
I assume she can take a male form as long as it isn’t her own.
Well? What do ya think?
Well… logically, your scenario makes sense. Except that, for some unexplained reason, Jeannie doesn’t seem able/willing/competent/inventive/something enough to take on a male form. She seems able to convert other people into guys/girls, but apparently is not yet practiced enough to do it well to herself. (See http://jeaniebottle.com/?comic=jeanie-bottle-270) So my guess that it’s probably something else. Good thought, though.
Jean can’t take a male form. A few storylines ago she tried (when “Jean” needed to return from the Middle East to meet up with his girlfriend), but couldn’t do so. She doesn’t have the skill with magic yet to change her own apparent gender.
But maybe she can if it isn’t her own original form. I don’t recall Jeannie ever trying another male form other than her own. Gender swapping is pretty advanced, I should think. And she does that with ease on other people. So I don’t see why changing her own gender would be too far out of her range.
So, maybe there is only a rule against turning back into her original form?
This is all I can come up with for her plan to show how guys all fool around. And I am dying to find out what her plan was, since she was so self confident about it. And Jean being Jean, I can only think that it would involve him scoring with them as well!
We haven’t actually seen her try to become another male and fail at it, but it’s such a simple idea that I can’t believe she wouldn’t have done it already if she possibly could. She’s certainly transformed herself into several different women. So the only other explanation is that she doesn’t, because she can’t. A deduction by an absence of evidence is feeble logic, yes, but that’s all we’ve got to go on, so far.
As to her plan, showing up as a random guy and hitting on women, wouldn’t prove that ALL guys fool around, only that ONE does.
But if she starts trying to entice every guy there into making a play for her, that WOULD demonstrate her point. (At least by Jeannie’s simplistic logic, it would.) Of course, being Jeannie, somehow it will backfire…
If Jeanie tried to do that it would backfire and there no maybe about it. Remember Melvin and her attempt to put the Genie spell on Holly and she got dis-embodied for a little while, while her body went out with Melvin.
So yes, it would backfire if she try a stunt like that and backfire big time too.
-snort- Rodge’s mind is a strange and bizarre place lol
Both Roger’s angel AND devil are Neil? That’s weird. Wait, I guess that might not be what they are, maybe he’s just imagining how Neil would react, in both his usual forms.
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