This Week in Milford

June 17, 2014

Dumb And Dumber

Filed under: freak hands, Gil Thorp, Just plain sad, lessons learned, Milford Idiots — timbuys @ 4:03 am

June 17, 2014


So, even though I’ve never actually sat down and watched the movie from which I’m borrowing the title of this post, I feel as though I’ve pretty much seen it through low grade exposure to various clips, references and impressions over the years. I’m not sure why I’m pointing that out, but it might just be because today’s strip is so painfully stupid. Put it this way, when Gil is getting all of the ‘smart’ lines, you know something is seriously off the rails.

Panel one: “I’ve never had to make my own luck. I’m Lucky Haskins!” I offer ten TWIM credits to anyone who can credibly argue that Gil shouldn’t just push Lucky off the bleachers and walk away at this point. Instead, Gil, somewhat wisely I suppose, decides to try another tack.

His gambit in panel two though is stymied as Luckey really brings the stupid. Don’t forget about the gruesome eye injuries that started this whole thing off champ! Those not only got you into the meet-cute thing with Amy but you got a free dinner out of the whole deal!

Which brings us to panel three where Gil has clearly lost the thread (the vicodin chased by three shots of bourbon must be kicking in). As near as I can tell, the moral according to Gil is that Lucky is an idiot with no skill while Lucky is unable to finish off Gil’s thought for him. (Hint – the opposite of ‘small’ is not ‘good’ – remember that, Conrad, ’cause it might come in handy on the SAT’s.)

Bonus point: It really kinda sorta looks like Gil is depicted as turned away from us while Lucky is turned towards us in panel two. That would be hard to on most bleachers I’ve ever seen.



  1. Random observations on your observations:

    (1) Has Lucky been this stupid throughout the arc or has Rubin just recently made him stupider?

    (b) I think both Gil and Lucky are facing away from the reader in P2. Lucky, at right, is entering his big windup to jam that invisible contact lens in his eye in P3.

    (iii) Vicodin and bourbon: don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it.

    Comment by teenchy — June 17, 2014 @ 7:20 am

  2. Huh? What? What? Huh?

    Comment by Milfordian — June 17, 2014 @ 7:38 am

  3. Gil: Okay, let’s try another approach. “You may not be the biggest asshole I’ve ever met….but when that other guy dies.”

    Comment by Knoxy — June 17, 2014 @ 8:41 am

  4. Ooh, ten TWIM credits? Let me take a swing at it.

    Gil shouldn’t push Lucky off the bleachers because Lucky’s thick skull will somehow strike oil. If he’s back to good-luck Lucky, it’s a-bubblin’ crude. The sad trombone outcome would be that he busted a pipe. Either way, Gil’s probably filling out paperwork on that one.

    Comment by lauramac — June 17, 2014 @ 8:48 am

  5. I agree that panel 2 is looking from the back.
    The real question: Why did they climb all the way to the top? Let’s go into my office and sit on top of the file cabinets.

    Comment by Dale — June 17, 2014 @ 9:24 am

  6. Are these ten intergalactic credits, the kind so often used in wagers (i.e. “ten credits on the Markadian”.) If so, might I use credit to obtain said credits?

    Comment by Moon Mullins — June 17, 2014 @ 2:34 pm

  7. To defend my point re: the sitting, it looks to me like we see the outline of the bench underneath Gil, but we don’t see it under Luckey.

    As for TWIM credits, they are fungible, convertible, legal tender in Milford provided it’s the right one… (Hint, possibly the one in Michigan but sometimes the one in Connecticut)

    Comment by timbuys — June 17, 2014 @ 3:06 pm

  8. Are TWIM credits legal tender in Milford, PA and Milford, NJ? Both are within an hour’s drive of me. Milford, DE is about 2 hours away.

    Comment by teenchy — June 17, 2014 @ 4:28 pm

  9. Interestingly, no. However, if you’re catching the direct flight from Milford to Milford (with a stopover in for refueling in Charleston, SC of course), you can use them as drink coupons.

    Comment by timbuys — June 17, 2014 @ 4:41 pm

  10. Teenchy– MIlford PA and Milford NJ are equidistant for you? Via the Hazleton Int’l Airport? I’m thinking air because a lot of the roads are “fracked.”

    Comment by vaganova — June 17, 2014 @ 9:11 pm

  11. Vaganova: not quite. Without giving away my exact location, Milford, NJ is slightly closer. PA roads are utterly fracked.

    Comment by teenchy — June 18, 2014 @ 3:32 am

  12. There is even a place on I-81 between Hazleton and Harrisburg called “Frackville.” If you think Milford is a tank town…

    Comment by vaganova — June 18, 2014 @ 4:35 pm

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