This Week in Milford

March 26, 2015

Big Hands, I Know You’re the One

Filed under: freak hands, Gil Thorp, Just plain sad, Milford Idiots, Milford Weirdos — teenchy @ 4:25 am

March 26, 2015


“I don’t know what you’re talking about, Coach… but maybe I can choke it out of you.” P1 has to be one of the visually greatest single panels I’ve seen since I became a TWIM contributor. Definitely worthy of “Random Amusing Panel O’ the Moment.” It was all I could do to not make a Wayne Brady reference in the post title.

Seriously, though, has Whigham been drawing Bobby’s hands bigger with each passing strip? Are they meant as a visual allegory for his expanding ego? His is not the only freak hand we see today as Max whips out the classic Milfordian pointer finger in P3.

Max makes the only accurate statement in today’s strip: Bobby is indeed an idiot. In so doing he proves himself to be an even bigger idiot. Thankfully we’ll have seen the last of these two characters in, oh say, a week or so. Still it might be fun to revisit them in a couple of years to see what kind of bitter outcasts they’ve become at Milford High, or if they’ve transferred to St. Fabian’s out of pure shame.



  1. Police??? Gil’s comin’ on hard like a criminal. Or like a coach desperately seeking a way out of the playdowns.

    Comment by John S. Walters — March 26, 2015 @ 4:31 am

  2. I hope Liesl gets kept on after these two dolts are written out…

    Comment by FoolyRain — March 26, 2015 @ 4:59 am

  3. Bobby tires to hold up under tough interrogation. Max folds like a filling station map.
    What happens next?
    1. Bobby and Max are expelled, but land a job covering high school sports for the local cable access channel.
    2. Bobby lets it slip that Max has been getting One-A-Day vitamins. Max throws Bobby completely through Gil’s office wall. He never plays basketball again, but is drafted in the third round by the Raiders.
    3. Bobby’s mom lets it slip that the pills in the vitamin bottle were really her estrogen supplements. After a month of detox, Max is almost back to normal … except he can’t decide which of 32 pair of shoes would go with today’s outfit.

    Comment by Philip — March 26, 2015 @ 6:14 am

  4. Well , Philip, that took a sexist turn quickly.

    Comment by LtPowers — March 26, 2015 @ 7:16 am

  5. Nothing wrong with titling a post “Is Bobby Howry gonna have to choke a coach?”

    With significant punishment and possible expulsion clearly on the line, do we get a once-every-two-years Dr. Pearl appearance?

    Comment by billytheskink — March 26, 2015 @ 7:16 am

  6. Maybe so, Billy.

    Now unfettered by grogginess, P1 brings to mind Ren’s “These hands!” soliloquy.

    Comment by FoolyRain — March 26, 2015 @ 7:44 am

  7. Fixing games?! In Milford?! Sounds pretty half baked. Does Gil really want to bring the police into this? What about the moonshine operation? And the disappearing kids? If I was Bobby Id call Gil’s bluff. He may fold under questioning!

    Comment by Jive Turkey — March 26, 2015 @ 8:17 am

  8. When do pitchers, catchers and a certain beret-wearing journalist report?

    Comment by Dood — March 26, 2015 @ 8:43 am

  9. Finally. This bromance is so over; as Gil skillfully drives a wedge between our young protagonists. J’accuse, indeed!

    Comment by g2design — March 26, 2015 @ 9:21 am

  10. I’m predicting they’re both goners at Milford. The question of whether they’re charged with a crime depends on whether it was real Adderall. I still suspect is has not been. And I agree with Foolyrain that Lysol needs to stay on. This winter she’s been the only character who is not an idiot. I have a sense she may be an infielder…

    Comment by vaganova — March 26, 2015 @ 12:13 pm

  11. Well, my WordPress knowledge knows no bounds but only in the sense that I wouldn’t even know where to look for the bounds. I did my best to try and get this into the Random Panel thingy…

    That aside, in my opinion Max has rocketed to the heights of the Milford Idiots Hall of Shame (which is something else that would be fun to add to the site) with his confession/accusation in panel three. I am so glad I didn’t have to cover today’s strip as it would have taken me much too long to put together my thoughts regarding Max’s abject stupidity.

    One last thought: How much ‘action’ do you think there is on your typical Valley Conference game? Enough such that game fixing/point shaving/what have you would be one of the first things you think of? I suppose so in the Thorpiverse.

    Comment by timbuys — March 26, 2015 @ 7:37 pm

  12. Agreed, Timbuys. I suspect a little intimidation/hyperbole on Gil’s part to scare the boys into admitting what they have been up to. May the record show it did in fact work: while he suspected drugs he did not know exactly what was up but provoked an admission.

    Just as lagniappe, I will throw in that too much work has gone into developing the Lysol character for her to disappear with these idiots. Think she will fit in somewhere on the continuum between Hadley v Baxendale and Molly Kinsella.

    Comment by vaganova — March 26, 2015 @ 8:11 pm

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