This Week in Milford

July 12, 2010

What is anyone still doing here?

Filed under: baseball, Boredom in Milford, freak hands, Gil Thorp, Just plain sad, Mimi Thorp — jasbeattie @ 8:23 am


Thank goodness something good finally came of all this: the removal of Bryce’s angry pin-head!


“Hi Derek, we realized that as shallow jocks, since we didn’t show any interest in your supposed musical talents all season, we could pretend to care for about thirty seconds…Then we can  ignore you again until next spring.”
“Um, OK.”
“Hi, I’m Jeff!”
“Hi Jeff…who the f#$% are you?”
“I’m a recently created high school character archetype. You know, now that Bryce is dead. I’m forgettable, yet instantly dislikable.”
“Oh, well what do you think of any music that’s different than the horrible mainstream crap you apparently like as a 17-year-old boy, Jeff?”
“It’s all just as awful as my inexplicable Wonder Woman bracelet! I’m going home to listen to Maroon 5 until my ears fall off.”


It’s the traditional way-to-late start to the summer plot: Sunshine, vodka-soaked lemonade and…

“Thanks but what are you still doing here?”

Are these words actually spoken…
A. To Gil, from Mimi, now that the pool boy has shown up for the season?
B. From the syndicate, to the writer and artist of Gil Thorp?
C. The American public, to print newspapers?
D. The readers of this blog, to me?
E. All of the above!



  1. Your analysis of the meaning of “Thanks, but what are you still doing here?” is the best laugh-out-loud moment of the year so far, imho. Well done! (p.s. I vote for B and C)

    Comment by Ian — July 12, 2010 @ 8:55 am

  2. Yessir, it’s July 12th, the traditional start of summer break. On some planet other than Earth, maybe.

    Hey, everybody party down at The Bucket like it’s 1953 in Waco, Texas! That’s the worst imitation-Afterschool-Special conclusion to a storyline since… er… the end of the last GT storyline, probably.

    And one more thing: 7/10 panel 3 is GAYGAYGAYGAYGAY. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

    Comment by jvwalt — July 12, 2010 @ 9:27 am

  3. I thought the traditional start of the summer break was Gil down at PUB waiting for them to open. Hence the “What are you still doing here?”
    Gil must be out of beer money and now he has to kiss Mimi’s butt.

    Comment by DieClambakeDie — July 12, 2010 @ 9:33 am

  4. So have the Thorps’ children been completely stashed down the memory hole?

    Comment by Scott de B. — July 12, 2010 @ 9:41 am

  5. I go with “all of the above, Jason.

    Now that Bryce has been decapitated, it would be nice to put his head on a silver platter like John the Baptist and bring it to Gil.

    Once again, the infamous “Obama fist bump” rears it’s ugly head.

    I’m in agreement with dieclambakedie. What’s Gil doing hanging around the house? He should be at PUB for the remainder of the summer? Most likely, he hasn’t paid his PUB tab and he’ll be resorting to drinking Four Roses whiskey out of a brown paper bag with Marty Moon in his mom’s basement.

    Comment by Regina — July 12, 2010 @ 10:46 am

  6. I go with (e) all of the above. the engineer in me likes those multiple choice questions…

    Comment by rowdyman — July 12, 2010 @ 12:56 pm

  7. 7/9 panel 1: Cassie winds up to cold-cock dickish Bryce, while Slim looks over his shoulder in heartbreak, not because of the loss, but because he just realized that he has to have his groupie girlfriend fight his battles for him. Even worse than that: Bryce is reeling back, as if to say “No Mas!” Man up, ya sissy!

    Comment by numbskull72 — July 12, 2010 @ 2:01 pm

  8. does mimi mean gil should be in a cheap hotel room with kaz checking him for anal warts with his kazanova

    Comment by mr120zcan — July 12, 2010 @ 6:27 pm

  9. “Hey, everybody party down at The Bucket like it’s 1953 in Waco, Texas!”
    Party like you’re about to get hit by an F5 tornado?

    At first I thought that Jeff might have been Jeff Ponczak, but the fact that Robb (or whoever that is) didn’t call him “6-9 Jeff” shot down that theory.

    What obscure character from the past will the Thorp team trot out into the strip for a summer cameo this year?
    One of assistant coaches? Brick House? Marty DeJong’s chain-smoking dad?
    Maybe we’ll get someone new…

    Comment by billytheskink — July 13, 2010 @ 7:24 am

  10. Today’s strip: Gil’s going golfing…do you think he’s going to get hustled by a Ben Franklin look-alike and will be spending drunken days in his car until he’s saved by Von Haney (a/k/a Max Headroom). OMG, PLEASE GOD, YES! Let the summer o’ crazy begin!

    Comment by Regina — July 13, 2010 @ 7:34 am

  11. 7/13 “There’s a charity outing at Milford Country Club. I start tomorrow. We’re playing 6000 holes”. That’s the only way to explain a golf tournament lasting the entire summer.
    Also, if there was room for one more panel, it would have been Mimi slipping an ankle behind each ear.

    Comment by Knoxy — July 13, 2010 @ 7:53 am

  12. Knoxy: +1

    That’s how the baseball season ends? With two douchebags giving each other a douchebaggy fist bump like it’s 2002? I hoped the front man for Dimwit and the Dumbasses would have told this collection of lunkheads that he was taking the act and the skank on the road.

    Comment by bevo — July 15, 2010 @ 12:27 pm

  13. […] cultured teenagers didn’t understand the appeal of a different type of music…In fact, some blond guy named Jeff, (who may or may not be the same Jeff, only with swell new brown hair…I mean how is Whigham […]

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