This Week in Milford

July 23, 2013

Gopher Cam Action!

Filed under: Gil Thorp, golf, Mimi Thorp — nedryerson @ 10:38 am




Man, I was on quite a roll until I got derailed by Steve Boone and his rotating band of curiously overmedicated junior golf students showed up. (Seriously, those kids have been dosed with something, so no matter how effective Steve Boone is as a golf teacher, I think they’re all just going to grin their asses off all summer.)

Meanwhile, Gil gloats about another successful transfer of coaching duties while Mimi uses a drumstick so Gil can sample her sauce.

Don’t look now, but I think Gil has a long con working here. If Steve Boone becomes a school counselor, Gil can have another avenue to finding kids to do stuff for him. Plus Steve will burn out quickly on trying to encourage Milford Idiots to go to college or do meaningful things with their lives and probably be willing to coach just about anything.

And last but not least, the Herkelshimers continue their tour of places (maybe) where things happened (perhaps). Are the two shadows in the lower part of the final panel clowns that are cruising for a bruising? Please?



  1. “Steve’s great with kids,” said Gil, his jaw unhinging to take a man-sized bite of Mimi’s special Goo-Lash. “Hell, I haven’t even showed up the last three days and nobody’s noticed! BEST… SUMMER… EVER!”

    Of course, it’s obvious why Steve is so “great with kids.” From the maniacal grins plastered on their freckled faces, I’d say they’re hopped up to the gills on horse tranks. “Here, kids, have some more… Kool-Aid.”

    Comment by John Walters (@johnswalters) — July 23, 2013 @ 10:45 am

  2. Will we soon be seeing these two stories merge? Tonight Only, in the Midfield Armory and Swap Meet Hall, a cage wrestling grudge match to end all grudge matches! It’s Alzheimer the Mauler against Boone the One-Armed Counselor! No holds-barred action!!!

    Comment by Moon Mullins — July 23, 2013 @ 11:14 am

  3. More Herk. Less golf. That is all.

    Comment by south mauldin — July 23, 2013 @ 12:43 pm

  4. It’s rather understated, but that narration box in p3 is just so loaded… Is it the encounter with the two approaching shadows that Pops and Hairy will have to survive? Is it the 126 ounce ‘steak’ comprised mostly of gristle and suet that Pops choked down back in the day to get his photo on the wall of Brookfield’s finest steakhouse/honkytonk? What, or whom, does the narration box allude to?

    Comment by TimP — July 23, 2013 @ 3:57 pm

  5. Interesting that Steve wants to be a school counselor, given that the person who convinced him he was not some dumb jock and that he could actually get into college was not the school counselor or even Gil. It was Yale-bound teammate Von Haney, who tutored and encouraged Steve.

    In fact, the school counselor during much of Steve’s time at Milford High was Melinda Munenhausen Schmidt, Marty Moon’s sister, who spent most of her appearances in the strip attempting to get Gil in trouble and breaking student confidentiality rather than actually counseling.

    Comment by billytheskink — July 24, 2013 @ 7:08 am

  6. The secret’s in the sauce, Gil.

    Comment by Dood — July 24, 2013 @ 8:49 am

  7. OK, Billy, my head’s exploding here. Marty’s radio name is Marty Moon and his actual surname is Munenhausen? And he has a sister?

    Comment by Dood — July 24, 2013 @ 11:18 am

  8. Billy truly is a wonder. I have followed GT since the beginning except for six years when I lived in towns where the local paper did not carry the strip, Thus I usually recognize names from the past, but Munenhausen is a complete surprise, as the fact that Marty had a meddlesome sister. Was that around the time Marty got drinking and making even more of an ass of himself than usual, and Gil rescued him from a gutter?

    Comment by vaganova — July 24, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

  9. Marty Moon’s real name, Martin Munenhausen, was most recently revealed back in 2005, when he was arrested on air for failing to do any of his court-required community service for a DUI earlier in the year. That DUI is actually a pivotal moment in the strip’s recent history. Consider the following chain of events:

    Moon’s DUI -> Moon getting arrested for not doing community service -> Von Haney finishing Moon’s broadcast after his on-air arrest -> The launch of Von Haney’s Summer 2005 radio career -> Von meeting Kelly Krystek through an overnight “lonely hearts club” radio show -> Von setting up Kaz and Kelly on their first date -> The summer of Gail Martin and Mr. Bakst
    Thanks Marty Moon!

    And yes, Milford High’s counselor back in 2003 was Marty Moon’s sister, Dr. Melinda Schmidt. She told Gil and Dr. Pearl that Brent Raptor was suicidal in an apparent attempt to just mess with Gil. Later, she and Marty hilariously threatened to sue each other.

    Comment by billytheskink — July 24, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

  10. Wow, Billy– I do remember Brent Raptor, and his awful mother, but the events you describe are actually fairly recent and I should remember them. As our resident expert on the GT time line, can you tell us when Dr Pearl appeared on the scene? I remember that she replaced a college rival of GIl’s who did some really stupid things out of jealousy. And am I remembering right that when Marty was in his flat-on-his-ass drunk period, Gil tried to help him despite the fact Marty was trying really hard to make Gil look bad?

    In any case, Billy, I agree that Marty was a wonderfully useful irritant in those days, and am puzzled that he has been reduced to living scenery.

    Comment by vaganova — July 24, 2013 @ 2:05 pm

  11. This thread has been fantastic and has led me to some truly enjoyable archive diving. Man, the old plots just keep on going off the deep end like crazy. To mix metaphors, they just keep on dropping crazy bomb after crazy bomb. Thanks, Billy and Vaga and everyone else for leading me to kill a good fifteen minutes this afternoon reviewing the antics of Brent Raptor’s mom, Marty’s sister and Mimi’s stalker (“He’s going to misunderstand himself out of a job.” – Solid Gold!)

    Comment by TimP — July 24, 2013 @ 2:51 pm

  12. I mean, wow! Gil and Chief Lind steamrolling some high school aged girls accusing the stalker of harassing them rel=”nofollow”? Obviously a slow day at work for me, but I was inspired to relearn some html just to post the link inline…

    Comment by TimP — July 24, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

  13. Not re-learn html well, mind you…

    Comment by TimP — July 24, 2013 @ 3:10 pm

  14. Next you can find all the links for Marjie’s appearances..

    Comment by Rob — July 24, 2013 @ 4:49 pm

  15. I just might do that, Rob. First, though I am savoring scenes like this. Dude with the inexplicable hatred for the transfer looks like he’s old enough to be taking on Herk the Mauler. It is incredible!

    Comment by TimP — July 24, 2013 @ 4:57 pm

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