Is it just me, or has this formerly awesome story gotten bogged down in an expositionary swamp? Today’s installment does at least address an issue that hasn’t been touched on up to this point: The reason for the Herkleshimers’ visit to Milford. The explanation is pretty weird, so I guess that’s kind of awesome??
It seems that Pop/Herk the Mauler enjoys ABC’s hilarious sitcom, Modern Family (even if he’s not sure what he’s watching) and something on that show inspired him to request a visit to Milford. There is a possible connection here. Modern Family has a character named Gil Thorpe:
So far, we’ve mostly seen Pop smiling and waving (and briefly punching clowns) and his mind seems pretty addled. Did he actually make the Gil Thorpe/Gil Thorp/Milford connection?
A tip of the cap to the Gocomics commenters for making the connection. I’ve never followed Modern Family, although the existence of the Gil Thorpe (played by Rob Riggle) character has made a slight impact on the number of google searches for Modern Family landing on TWIM. Another Rob Riggle connection was the storyline from way back with the Valley Tech pranksters whose leader was likened to Rob Riggle and was thus nicknamed Rob Riggle.