This Week in Milford

August 31, 2015

New Plot? We’ll ALL Drink To That

Filed under: Marty Moon, What the hell is going on here? — nedryerson @ 3:44 am


In Milford, Marty drinks to himself, presumably by himself, while in L.A. …

Okay, why in L.A.? Is this one of those star making L.A. meetings? That lady with the flapper haircut is going to be like the Kardashians. The guy in the Saturday Night Fever suit is sure of it. The waiter is poised for an opening to pitch his own reality show when the power couple orders another round. It’s The Surreal Busboys of Topanga Canyon.



  1. Is Twue’s summer storyline over? Did Mimi and Gil ever “golf” this summer? How did the 7 on 7 guys do this summer? Does Marty have a blackened right eye in P2? And “In L.A.”? Boy, I’m confused.

    Comment by Milfordian — August 31, 2015 @ 3:57 am

  2. When we look back over the last two months, I think we can all agree that Rubin needs to start thinking about next summer’s story. Now.
    Herewith, some ideas. I flatter myself that any of them would be an improvement over that monument to inertia we just witnessed:
    1. Boo enlists in the Navy. Basic training goes surprisingly well at first, but problems with handling authority crop up with increasing frequency. It culminates when a Littoral Combat Ship goes missing, and is found bobbing in the surf next to a beachside alternative music club. Local hooligans have made off with the radar mast. The Navy, recognizing that an inquiry would be way too embarrassing for way too many people, hands Boo an Entry Level Separation and a ticket home.
    2. Gil and Mimi go to Rio for the Olympics. A Valley Tech grad, working in the Brazilian Embassy, bungles the visa applications for the US Olympic coaches, and none of them are permitted to enter the country. The USOC calls on Gil to head up the men’s basketball team. He quickly palms the job off on an amiable Brazilian janitor. The only sport this guy really understands is soccer, but everyone adapts. The Americans take the gold medal game when Steph Curry nails a last-second header from just past the three point line.
    3. The Thorp kids reappear. They were taken hostage by Prince Edward Island separatists in the spring of ’09. The group’s initial demands were for complete political autonomy, but that went nowhere. They downgraded it to “a better price for the potato crop”, but that went nowhere. So the demands were downgraded again … and again. The impasse is finally broken when a high school English teacher in Naperville, IL, agrees to restore “Anne of Green Gables” to her required reading list.

    Comment by Philip — August 31, 2015 @ 5:14 am

  3. If Moon is the “only fish”, I guess that means Perp Spotlight has been canceled.
    I’d like to think that Marty drinks by himself before every football season to mourn the anniversary of Paul Strange being sent to the cornfield…

    Comment by billytheskink — August 31, 2015 @ 7:01 am

  4. OK, Marty is “drinking again,” in fact he is already sufficiently sozzled to forget about the existence of not just Perp Spotlight but Marjie Ducey and the Milford Trombone. I am looking for a Gil v Marty plot this fall, probably involving True’s eventual decision to commit to Grinnell.

    Comment by vaganova — August 31, 2015 @ 7:14 am

  5. Everyone! Welllllllll, here’s to Brother Marty, Brother Marty, Brother Marty….

    Comment by g2design — August 31, 2015 @ 7:26 am

  6. Panel 2 is an absolute joy, a wonder to behold: Marty Moon knocking back a glass of cheap rotgut with a bitter frown on his face? That’s gold. The only thing that could have made it better? If Marty was holding a 175 instead of a glass.

    Meanwhile in L.A., Flapper Lady and Fever Guy are about to be hoovered up by a pair of alien pods.

    Comment by John S. Walters — August 31, 2015 @ 7:37 am

  7. Really digging the possibilities with Marty. Best strip since Boo got her tired slashed/deflated. 3rd panel looks typically stupid.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — August 31, 2015 @ 8:26 am

  8. Whatever this new thread is starting up in Los Angeles, I guarantee it will not be in it with Herk the Mauler. Is a rival being prepared to torpedo Marjie Ducey? Are they holding glasses or are there two people in ghost costumes behind them? The latter would fit better with the alien ships overhead.

    But to return to Marty, his charging onto the field in a drunken state (channeling Dennis Hopper in “Hoosiers”) might be fun.

    Comment by vaganova — August 31, 2015 @ 9:31 am

  9. Regarding panel one, Marty’s apparent drinking site, is that a church? Do some churches have taverns on weekdays to help keep the collection trays full? Or is there an AA meeting in the church basement, and Marty’s throwing one back prior to the meeting, to keep the shakes at bay?

    Comment by Moon Mullins — August 31, 2015 @ 10:40 am

  10. It does look like there’s a pipe organ behind him in panel two….

    Comment by Moon Mullins — August 31, 2015 @ 10:41 am

  11. Jim White: Jim 3:16. A bar is just a church where they serve beer.

    Comment by g2design — August 31, 2015 @ 11:03 am

  12. Dunno ’bout y’all but I’m in it for the remake of Plan 9 from Outer Space that’s firing up in P3.

    Comment by teenchy — August 31, 2015 @ 6:22 pm

  13. Ah, Marty, we’ve missed you so!

    Comment by FoolyRain — August 31, 2015 @ 6:27 pm

  14. Nice tune, g2design.
    I’m a huge fan of Jim White.

    Comment by nedryerson — August 31, 2015 @ 7:11 pm

  15. Clearly that is Marty Moon’s more successful younger sister*. I’ll have updates on this and more if I can stay awake long enough for them to post tomorrow’s strip.

    * I give it high odds she is a step- or or twin or half-sister, whichever best serves the plot’s purposes of humiliating Marty.

    Comment by timbuys — August 31, 2015 @ 10:59 pm

  16. Holly Dobbs!!

    Comment by Son of Jack B — September 4, 2015 @ 6:01 pm

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