This Week in Milford

December 28, 2009

Return of the Helmet!


What’s that I said about updating more frequently? Oops, that was before I remembered the holidays were coming up, meaning nobody ever does anything useful for a couple weeks. At least we learned on Christmas Eve that Cassie was not in fact secretly dating Gil, but a deadbeat 22-year-old pizza flipper. (You can tell he’s a deadbeat ’cause of that Dylan Bauza soul-patch thing.) Despite the awkward expositional dialogue, this is sorta close to promising as far as plot set-up goes, I guess. But no time to discuss further, because it’s just about time for….


…the annual Thorp Christmas greeting! Last year this was the only proof that the Thorp children still existed. But this year, thanks to their notable absence (and Gil and Mimi seeming particularly happy to have the house to themselves), I’m convinced that over the summer they sold their offspring to Marty DeJong for a couple of six packs and a bag of crack.


Do you think December 26th is the least-read comic day of the year? Perhaps Neal does, as Gil and Kaz pondering their line-up for three straight panels is even more boring than a usual daily episode. And Gil clearly hates us if his plan is to feature the two annoying characters of Jam-Jar and Bryce as starters over the probably extremely boring Micah and Paul. Annoying is worse than boring, right? Luckily something slightly interesting is about to happen…


…Another blast from the past, Steve Luhm! Steve pre-dates this blog, but only by a short bit…The two things I recall about Steve from his high school years were his enormous hair helmet (sweeeeet!), and the fact that he clocked a guy dressed as a hobo during a basketball game. (Presumably to stand up for homeless teammate Ted Pearse, but maybe secretly because he was deathly afraid of hobos.) I imagine he has to constantly hold his neck steady…Now that the giant hair helmet is gone, it’s thrown his entire head off-balance.

I’m ignoring the nonsensical dialogue and pretending that instead they’re discussing the upcoming hobo-punching tournament that has brought Steve back to town.



  1. 12/28 panel one…..ARTHRITIC freak hand sighting

    Comment by Knoxy — December 28, 2009 @ 4:41 am

  2. Nice to see they updated Steve Luhm’s look from ’77 to ’92. Let’s see, what are the odds that Gil will bring Steve onto the coaching staff to teach Jamarr how to come off the bench and be a team player. That way Gil won’t have to do it and can spend more time at Pub.

    Knoxy-How does Steve get anything done? He needs one hand to hold his head on and the other is an arthritis stricken freak hand.

    Comment by DieClambakeDie — December 28, 2009 @ 8:05 am

  3. Mimi’s mentioning that the holidays came early this year aludes to the fact that they traded the kids to Marty Debong. Either that or Big Ray took them with him to Jungle Patrol.

    That freak hand in 12/28 looks like it’s ready to crush Gil’s head.

    Comment by Regina — December 28, 2009 @ 9:11 am

  4. 12/25 P2: From the facial expressions it appears Gildo just serviced Mimi under the tree. [Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.]

    Comment by semperfi4evr — December 28, 2009 @ 9:35 am

  5. I know it is a late comment, but “pizza flipper?” They flip pizzas in Milford, like pancakes?!? That’s gotta be a bad pizza! Or Ray Duchey doesn’t know how to do his job – no surprise there as the 22 year old is dating a high school girl.

    Wait – Steve Lummmmm graduated in 2006 – he could be 21 or 22 and present a challenge to Ray Duchie for the “hand” of C-ASS-ie.

    Comment by milfordian — December 28, 2009 @ 10:12 am

  6. Well, Gil, if it seems like the holidays came early this year, maybe it’s because you didn’t get around to finishing the football season until DECEMBER SEVENTEENTH.

    I find myself deeply disturbed by the sudden disappearance of the Thorp offspring, and by the possibility of another storyline featuring Jamarrrr.

    Comment by jvwalt — December 28, 2009 @ 11:53 am

  7. With any luck, we’ll have a steady stream of Milford alumni pouring through Gil’s office for the next three months. I’m personally hoping for Stormy!

    Comment by Don, the Rebel without a Blog — December 28, 2009 @ 12:06 pm

  8. Re: the missing Thorp kids: has anybody looked under the basement floorboards?

    Comment by Regina — December 28, 2009 @ 1:11 pm

  9. Pizza Flipper? In Milford that term could be referring to someone’s freakishly large spatula hands.
    I would like to see Stormy again also. I miss his blank stare. How about Brent Raptor and his lovely mother? They could come in on the back of a flatbed.

    Comment by DieClambakeDie — December 28, 2009 @ 1:50 pm

  10. Looks like lust (my favorite topic) will be in the air in Milford. Father’s nightmare–high school daughter dating, hanging out & sleeping with a deadbeat pizza flipper….
    Maybe Steve Luhm will be the hero…..

    Comment by rowdyman — December 28, 2009 @ 3:26 pm

  11. if they had brought steve luhm back with the old hairdo they would have picked up at least 10 new a pizza flipper can only get a unfocused basketball player he should go for the chick duncan daly turned down with the belly shirt at the party before football season.

    Comment by mr 12 oz can — December 28, 2009 @ 4:29 pm

  12. What kind of security does the school have? You can just walk in off the street like that? I guess the school is open 24/7, like the Nutboy place. Why resurrect old characters? Is he running out of old friends names already?

    Comment by Rob — December 28, 2009 @ 4:42 pm

  13. 12/24 panel three……….he’s the most perfect 22 year old pizza flipper a high school girl ever dated. Besides…since loosing my hands in that combine accident I’ve been having a hard time getting a date……..

    Comment by Knoxy — December 28, 2009 @ 5:08 pm

  14. The Nut Boy Place? It’s shitty!

    Comment by Don, the Rebel without a Blog — December 28, 2009 @ 5:38 pm

  15. Well, Cassie’s not in the clutches of a controlling father after all. Suspect that those who have mentioned the re-appearance of Steve Luhm, puncher of losers, as important are probably right. Maybe Ashley can straighten her out first, but I kind of miss old Haley Baxandall of the blaze hair, who would just knee the guy and be done with it.

    Yes, those Thorp kids sure have disappeared. Unless those are their pictures on the mantel behind the Christmas tree in 12/25-2. Are they perhaps off rescuing scarred Bengali gymnasts? Or maybe the present writers have recognized that times have changed, as evidenced by Mimi’s expression in the same frame, and that it’s time for “Gil and Mimi Make a Porno.”

    Comment by vaganova — December 28, 2009 @ 7:16 pm

  16. Maybe the Thorp rug-rats were kidnapped by Mr. Bakst, and we’ll never see/hear of any of them ever again. Oh, wait…..we never hear/see about any of them anyway.

    Comment by Tom — December 28, 2009 @ 7:42 pm

  17. […] the creepy janitor emerges from the shadows*! Still awkwardly holding his head on after his post-high school helmet hair removal, he sketchily provides the answer to what seemed to […]

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