This Week in Milford

August 30, 2014

“Audible,” short for “Deus ex machina.”

Filed under: exposition comics, Gil Thorp, What the hell is going on here? — teenchy @ 6:33 am

August 30, 2014


Now today would’ve been the day for the Black Dynamite “Who saw that coming?” clip I linked to on August 14. Instead of Saturday morning quarterbacking about how the exposition will play out next week, let’s focus on the little details:

– The return of Tim’s favorite prairie style windows.

– Gil’s a-bit-too-friendly hand on the shoulder, which at least lets us see that he still rocks the wide-ass ’70s watchband. Honestly I’d have thought an ex-military man like Gil would rock a NATO strap.

– True’s “aw shucks” eyelash batting in P2. Are these two getting flirty?

– Since we don’t see True below the thigh, we don’t know if he’s still wearing the cam walker. That’ll have bearing (see what I did there?) on whether he competes for the starter’s spot or just mentors Jarrod from Subway.

– Art’s unamused facial expression. Next week’s exposition should tell us what went down at VT that didn’t fit in with his fantasy.

That’s it for me. Get out there, enjoy this Labor Day weekend, and don’t think about this crap until you see the next strip.



  1. Man, seeing those windows again brings back so many memories.

    Hey, leaving aside Gil’s joke about being late to class at VT, doesn’t True need to get to class at Milford? Or, is this one of those unstuck in time kind of things?

    Comment by timbuys — August 30, 2014 @ 6:57 am

  2. I’ll second that, Teenchy. Standish pere looks more sour than a bottle of nasty medicine with extra lemony flavor.
    It would seem that True’s sporting of the wide watchband shows where his loyalties lie anyway.

    Comment by FoolyRain — August 30, 2014 @ 7:44 am

  3. a lot of us felt that True would ultimately go to Milford….The Milford area must have unbelievably efficient bureaucracy….In Louisville KY a student simply could not be processed through the admission procedures in a few hours. More like weeks…Assuming True showed up on day one to get registered…His transcripts from another state have to be verified and course equivalency determined, before a class schedule and academic program assigned…

    Comment by Rowdyman — August 30, 2014 @ 7:56 am

  4. Wonder if the payolla check from VT bounced. You would think Twue would have let Gil know of his change of mind considering their
    “close” relationship.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — August 30, 2014 @ 9:55 am

  5. Remember the rumors about Jefferson in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. “I thought he just flew in for games!” Same with True.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — August 30, 2014 @ 10:23 am

  6. Well, yeah, changing schools, especially from out of state, does involve some paperwork. But at least in New York, the policy is to enroll the kid and let the documentation catch up, changing things if needed. All you really have to do is show some plausible indication that you are of school age and live in the district in which you’re registering. In this case, a statement from False that he and True are moving to Mfnrd from Costleagueville would do it. Of course other more advanced states may have more restrictive regs.

    Comment by vaganova — August 30, 2014 @ 2:26 pm

  7. Who let them into Gil’s office? Don’t schools have security these days? What about the terrorists?

    Comment by Dale — August 31, 2014 @ 3:11 am

  8. Once again, Gil Thorp makes no secret that he doesn’t give a good Goddamn about the success or failure of the Mudlarks. He doesn’t have any idea that True had changed his mind. Nobody from the front office bothered to call him and let him know a star quarterback was headed his way — because everybody in the office knows that Gil don’t care.

    “Shit,” he says to himself, stealing a glance at the unapproving Art Standish. “Now, they’re gonna expect me to win.”

    Comment by John S. Walters — August 31, 2014 @ 12:51 pm

  9. As one who worked in schools for a long time, John S, I am pretty sure the front office did not call Gil because they did not realize True was the Solution to the Future of the Valley. They were busy trying to figure out what classes he needed and getting him registered for them.

    Comment by vaganova — August 31, 2014 @ 2:10 pm

  10. […] is 5’11”, yet stands nearly eye-to-eye with True, who stands nearly eye-to-eye with Gil. Is True only about 6’0″ to 6’1″ and Gil maybe 6’2″ tops? If […]

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