This Week in Milford

November 28, 2015

Well Isn’t That Special?


I have to admit there are days when I post here and I feel like I’ve done a fair job of it. Other days, not so much. Song parodies can be hit or miss. I think one hallmark of TWIM‘s overall success (relatively speaking, of course) is the ability to offer genuine snark with a nod to Gil Thorp as a legacy strip with, well, legacy readers.

One frequent problem with legacy strips is continuity errors. Here in the Thorpiverse, where the past is never quite dead, continuity is critical.  If you’re gonna reboot a character that last appeared in your strip during the Johnson Administration while creating a Kathy Griffin-like resume for her, you’d think you could remember the name of a public access cable TV show you created seven years earlier.  I’ll venture a retcon that T.A.P., The Valleywide Leader in Sports, sent Sacko and the Rajah a cease and desist letter that consigned them to the dustbin of Milford history.

Anyhoo, looks like this is as close as we’re gonna get to a hair-pullin’, face-slappin’ catfight between Mimi and Holly. Behind that exploding eyeball lies Holly’s delusional house of cards oops! House of Cards® in which she believes she’s still in Hollywood and still relevant. Maybe that eyeball explosion will trigger a pancake makeup mudslide and reveal The Picture of Dorian Gray.




  1. Brace yourself for Holly Wood’s plaint that her gender forces her to do wrong things in order to please all those nasty men in charge, starting with the pimp in the white jacket.

    Comment by Vagrant A — November 28, 2015 @ 12:12 pm

  2. Holly Woodlawn’s entire gender bent career occurred after Holly Dobb’s left Milford for the 1st time.
    May be time for Darwin to take a walk on the wild side.

    Comment by Downpuppy — November 28, 2015 @ 5:16 pm

  3. I have to admit, I’m kind of with Holly here. Should anyone be surprised that the star of a cheapo reality show won’t keep a secret? The only real surprise is that she missed the chance to videotape her chat with True.

    She isn’t any kind of feminist hero, certainly, but she’s a former network TV star desperately clinging to the fringes of Hollywood. Of course she’s going to reveal any confidence that might help her.

    If True and Mimi want to blame anybody, they should go after the principal and the superintendent who let this clown car into their school.

    Comment by John S. Walters — November 28, 2015 @ 5:46 pm

  4. I’m actually disappointed in Rubin. Which took some work, because I had to have some kind of expectations before I could be disappointed.
    Just a week ago, he was set to wrap up the fall story: at least three people knew why Dory had blown off practice. It would have been simple to have Gil overhear two of them discussing it, which would lead to a showdown with Alan. Even with the Valley Tech game, they could be done by December 11th.
    Instead, True decides to prove to Dory that he has no future in reality TV. He does this by lying to Holly and waiting for her to repeat it to some other media people. She passes along exactly what she was told. We see a talking head saying that True “might be” thinking small and west coast. True grabs this and confronts Holly for … what? Breaking a confidence? After he said he hadn’t “buzzed it around much”?
    Why isn’t Holly’s response “so what?” Does Rubin think his readers will regard Holly’s act as shocking? Does True think Dory’s response will be anything other than “so what?” Is someone going to tell True that setting up a reporter in a game of “gotcha” will be a very bad idea if he does get to Baton Rouge or Ann Arbor?

    Comment by Philip — November 28, 2015 @ 6:10 pm

  5. All good points by both John S and Philip. But the key– I think– is, as John S points out, that the principal and the super allowed this to happen. I know I have said this before, but allowing a “reality show” to be shot in a high school is not only idiotic, it is, from a torts standpoint, not even legal. Thus it’s hard to blame Holly Wood, or True, or anyone else made a pawn in the approaching denouement. For us to do so brings to mind the old quip “Aside from that, Mrs Lincoln, how did you like the play?”

    Comment by Vagrant A — November 28, 2015 @ 6:22 pm

  6. What I find most astonishing about today’s strip is the lack of exclamation marks. Typically, in the soapier strips – Rex Morgan is one of the worst offenders – you would see every sentence above end with them but two and those would have interrobangs.

    Comment by timbuys — November 29, 2015 @ 10:53 am

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