Gil no longer appears bored…in fact he looks downright happy for the first time in months. I guess it dawned on him that having a crazy old coot give all the coaching tips from now on is a foolproof plan for him. If the ridiculous advice works, Gil can take all the credit…if it doesn’t, the team is no worse off than they were when Gil was ignoring them completely. It’s win-win! (Except for the games of course, they’ll still lose all of those.)
What else we got goin’ on? Some old standards like weird background shadow characters up to no good, Ken Burger being played by a grumpy old guy, and crazy school settings (Today: the purgatory lunchroom!).
But what’s really got my attention is the appearance of whiny Jim Gross. Yep, we finally get to see him without his hat on, and one look at his hair shows us that we have an exciting new pantheon candidate. In addition, Jim seems to have a hard time standing up straight…it’s as if he were, oh…say, missing a leg! My theory until proven otherwise: Peg-Leg Bill Ritter has fashioned a new wig (obviously influenced by Coach Kaz’s frizz and Tyler Jay’s fruity forehead curl) and has sneaked onto the baseball team…mistaking their inept play for that of a Special Olympics team. Why is he sneaking on the team? I have no idea…Hey, I didn’t say I thought this through. With my half-assed effort and ability to poorly juggle many plotlines at once, maybe I could write this strip when Neil has finally had enough. It’s be pretty much the same, except I’d write in way more explosions.