This Week in Milford

October 21, 2015

It Needed Some Zip


Inasmuch as I have almost no contact with kids that aren’t nearly the same age as my own, I don’t have a real good feel for how the highschool kids these days behave. However, if they are anything like my peers were at this age, I don’t think Tricky Dick Travolta would be getting a whole lot of sincere feedback on day 35 of wearing his white, not quite zoot suit over a black dress shirt with flared collar. Just saying: the kids might find him a little ‘off’.

Dory does seem to be that particular make of Milford Idiot who can provide comic relief. He’s got the wacky name which, if not quite Hall of Name worthy, does deserve to be in the conversation, he’s shaping up to have some sort of manic need for attention and he uses a Flowbee to cut his hair… However, it seems he and Alan are both going to miss out on the Mimi-Holly contretemps which would truly drive the ratings bonanza that is Welcome Back Carter.

Bonus points: English 101? Is Dory in AP English or something?



  1. Is that his English 101 book or is he carrying it for some freshman broad? Only the shadow knows who lurks in the background of panel1.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — October 21, 2015 @ 8:17 am

  2. I think I would be remiss if I didn’t say:

    How are ya?!

    How are ya??!!

    Comment by nedryerson — October 21, 2015 @ 8:29 am

  3. When did Bobby Bittmayne ever need an invitation to provide comic relief? He can walk onto the set of “Welcome Back Carter” just as easily as he walked onto the set of “The Sammy Maudlin Show”.

    “By the way, it doesn’t take 40 Valley Tech kids to screw in a light bulb… it takes 26! HuhHAHAHAHAHAHA!”

    Comment by billytheskink — October 21, 2015 @ 10:31 am

  4. As Josh Fruhlinger pointed out, this is not how reality TV works. They don’t shoot one week’s footage and rush it to broadcast, then start all over from scratch; they shoot an entire season and weave storylines throughout. There’s no way a TV network or production company would allow Tricky Dick to just “wing it” every week.

    Comment by John S. Walters — October 21, 2015 @ 12:25 pm

  5. I swear, I read, “You’re a smart kid, Dorky.” And was suffused with a comforting sense of inner piece. I should have stopped there.

    Comment by g2design — October 21, 2015 @ 12:40 pm

  6. Josh and John S are right about this plot being completely at odds with the way the abomination known as “reality TV” works. Combine that with the fact no school would ever agree to cooperate the way Mfnrd has and you have a plot that might as well involve visitors from Alpha Centauri. Better if it did, in fact, because this has to be the most asinine story in the nearly sixty year history of the strip.

    Comment by vaganova — October 21, 2015 @ 3:54 pm

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