This Week in Milford

July 16, 2013

Good Luck Finding Springfield.

Filed under: Gil Thorp, metapost, What the hell is going on here?, Where is Milford? — nedryerson @ 6:28 am


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:

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.



  1. I don’t watch Modern Family often, but I did see at least one episode where Gil Thorpe was mentioned and wondered aloud “wait, did they just say Gil Thorp?”

    I’m not sure what to make of Rubin’s newfound self-awareness, though.

    Comment by billytheskink — July 16, 2013 @ 7:09 am

  2. Hmm, starting to make sense. Pops thinks he’s gonna find Sofia Vergara. His libido is not impaired!

    Comment by semperfi4evr — July 16, 2013 @ 7:35 am

  3. This little band of brothers and sisters is probably the only group in America that’s more aware of “Gil Thorp” than “Modern Family.”

    Come to think of it, though, if someone were to make a snarky meta-movie based on this strip, Rob Riggle would make a darn fine Coach Thorp.

    Comment by John Walters (@johnswalters) — July 16, 2013 @ 10:47 am

  4. What is “Modern Family?”

    Comment by vaganova — July 16, 2013 @ 11:03 am

  5. Ya know, we never did find out if Pops could handle Hairy’s ‘usual’ order… Do ya suppose that perhaps Pops was getting flustered as his dementia induced confusion meant he was going to be embarrassed in front of Hairy when he inevitably ended up ordering the wrong thing? And, that it was this frustration, much more so than the legendary chivalry for which small time pro wrestlers are rightly known, that caused his somewhat disproportionate response to those unfortunate if deserving thugs? Maybe!

    Comment by TimP — July 16, 2013 @ 5:05 pm

  6. No need to worry more about the damage to the two punks. They were warned repeatedly to “mind their manners” and chose instead to violate half a dozen tenets of the social contract. Perhaps not having been taught as children not to mix it up with total strangers, they ran in with their eyes open.

    Comment by vaganova — July 16, 2013 @ 5:52 pm

  7. This is going to degenerate into an afternoon special on how NOT to deal with dementia (using the term loosely).

    The fight scene makes no sense, but the readers weren’t told what actually happened.
    Punk1 shoved PopHerk. Pop could have shoved back, but he used his moment of surprise to take Punk1 out of contention. A good move – Pop is strong, but old AND outnumbered.
    Would Punk2 have started by moving in close enough to get hit? Probably back off to watch and not get hit.

    Comment by Dale — July 16, 2013 @ 11:11 pm

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