This Week in Milford

November 19, 2014

School Board Drama

Filed under: Gil Thorp, What the hell is going on here? — timbuys @ 6:04 am

November 19, 2014


Panel one: Nice bracelet, Dr. Pearl! Pity about those windows though. Hey, do you suppose Dr. Pearl cares even less than Gil? I mean, it’s not entirely uncommon for Gil to have to face the Board and that’s to say nothing of stunts he’s pulled like using the school gym to host a charity wrestling match. How I see it is that she gets a note from her admin about Gil’s shenanigans, sighs, thinks about how many more years before her pension vests, then calls him in to pass along the news. There’s clearly no sense in her getting worked up about these things anymore and she’s done the bare minimum to keep her job.

Panel two: Maybe it’s just the shading, but Gil appears to have matchstick calves. Also, why is his suit jacket bunched up to the right like that?

Panel three: Art Standish establishes his credibility early in his speech by saying one of the most sensible things anyone has ever said in this strip. I also like how he’s adopting a ‘power pose‘* with his hands gripping over the front of the podium. Fill that space, Art! Hey wait, so what happened between panels two and three? Did Gil tag out for this part of the hearing? What kind of rules of order do they follow at this place?

* Actually a real thing that, as a ‘business person’, is the sort of crap I will from time to time have to spend five or more minutes thinking about…



  1. Art to the rescue! Once again, Gil gets his way without actually having to DO anything.

    Comment by John S. Walters — November 19, 2014 @ 8:43 am

  2. In P2, the flag of the great state of, well, wherever Milford is located; the flag is the 6th board member? It gets its own desk name plate… However, the extra column of buttons on the phone in P1 is even more puzzling. I’m STILL convinced we’re trapped in a dream, maybe Art’s?

    Comment by G-Man — November 19, 2014 @ 8:57 am

  3. G-Man: Maybe Flagee from Aaron McGruder’s The Adventures of Flagee and Ribbon ended up on the Milford school board.

    Comment by teenchy — November 19, 2014 @ 10:23 am

  4. Art’s “power pose” comes across more so in the color edition (thanks Courier Journal). He’s doing a great mimicking of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner. Must be watching a lot of TV to get his moves down pat…

    Comment by Rowdyman — November 19, 2014 @ 12:47 pm

  5. This is Dr. Pearl’s first appearance since 2010, where she totally called Gil’s misplaced faith in foster kid/drug dealer Cody Exner.

    And just to show illustrate how predictable this strip has become, I stumbled across my prediction from one game into the 2013 season while looking for Dr. Pearl’s last appearance.

    Looks like September will end with one game played. Yep, no playdowns this year.

    OK, so no playdowns was a really easy call.

    Fearless plot prediction, Gil tries to finagle Silent Pascoe on to the team by boosting Nunn from the cheerleading squad.

    It was actually Angie Sanchez got John Pascoe to sign up for football, while Tip Nunn was finagled onto the squad by Pascoe.
    Still, a big troubled guy and Lini Verde-lite get introduced during football season but not as football players, of course they are both going to wind up on the team.

    (Not) much drama ensues, and Pascoe and Nunn join the team just in time for another season-ending victory over Valley Tech

    Pascoe joined before the Jefferson game, so after two games, but Nunn joined prior to the New Thayer game, which was the second-to-last game, and played in garbage time. So Nunn effectively joined the team just in time for the season finale against Valley Tech.

    that knocks an undefeated VT out of the playdowns

    Marty Moon does not say Valley Tech is undefeated, but he does say that the conference title (and playdowns) are on the line against Milford.

    but only brings Milford to another 6-3 record.

    Yep, Milford wins, spoils Valley Tech’s season, and finishes 6-3 AGAIN.

    Comment by billytheskink — November 19, 2014 @ 1:11 pm

  6. billytheskink is being to modest with openings such as “And just to show how predictable this strip has become.” The strip may at times run on roads similar to those already traveled, but his analysis and forecasting abilities are impressive just the same.

    But without meaning to or I a sure realizing he was about to, billy has set me off, at least on two things.

    One is that I really like Dr Pearl. Not only has she been consistently right about most policy choices we have seen her involved in, she also replaced that horse’s who preceded her, the sports rival of Gil’s from State who consistently (and unrealistically harassed Gil until he (the principal) died of a coronary, presumably arising from unresolved envy. One of the weaker GT plots of all time.

    But little weaker than the Cody Exner plot, in which the sympathetically portrayed foster child turns out to be a remorseless drug dealer who entirely blows off Gil’s attempts to understand him. Another weak, badly foreshadowed, and deeply unsatisfying ending.

    So, billy, do not mean to hijack your post. Au contraire, to thank you for your perspicacity is being the keeper of the facts. But in the process, you have reminded me of two of my all-time “Niagara Falls” moments in GT.

    Comment by vaganova — November 19, 2014 @ 2:43 pm

  7. Ha, I remember that PITA superintendent, apologizing to St. Gil as he lay on his deathbed, killed by the toll his hatred and jealousy of Gil had taken on his body or some such nonsense.
    I think there in a 1 or 2 year period this strip killed that PITA superintendent, Neil Cray (he of the Marfan Syndrome and short girlfriend), and a police officer who was involved in investigating a basketball point shaving scandal at Milford.

    Despite this odd bout of bloodlust and some of his overly simple moral story arcs, I actually liked Jerry B. Jenkins handling of the strip well enough. I think mostly because I thought he did a good job pacing and balancing sports action and game results with the non-sports elements and, quite unlike Rubin’s current handling of the strip, he would have story arcs that overlapped, spanned multiple seasons, and involved a wide range of characters. For every silly Biff Buckley story there seemed to be a nicely told one such as ambiguously Jewish David Greene reacting like a nearly normal teenager would in a rocky relationship.

    Comment by billytheskink — November 19, 2014 @ 5:24 pm

  8. Billy, now that you are going back to earlier plots, when did the story occur when Marty was drinking and Gil, despite Marty’s savaging him on the air, rescued Marty from a ditch or so? I may be mistaken, but I remember that as the last time Marty was Gil’s true antagonist. That one goes back a while, perhaps to the early 1990s?

    Comment by vaganova — November 19, 2014 @ 6:27 pm

  9. I don’t recall that one, but I was only able to read the strip off and on until the late 1990s.

    I do recall in the early 2000s Marty getting hammered after one of his many breakups with Peaches McClure, wrecking his car, trying to escape a DUI charge by fleeing the hospital in a gown, getting mad at Gil for visiting him in the hospital then begging Gil to help him become a better person to impress Peaches, Peaches breaking up with him again, begrudgingly doing community service at a food bank, impressing the hardened food bank director enough to get her to date him, getting dumped again as she moved to Buffalo, infuriating her when she moved back to Milford a short time later because he had stopped volunteering at the food bank, and of course… blaming EVERYTHING on Gil.

    Comment by billytheskink — November 20, 2014 @ 9:32 am

  10. billy, I think that’s the plot I am thinking of. I remembered none of the details, only that Moon had had a DWI accident and that Gil tried to help him.

    Comment by vaganova — November 20, 2014 @ 11:22 am

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