This Week in Milford

December 10, 2015

This Story Is the Pits – Figuratively and Literally


“You know, Holly, just ’cause the TV audience can’t smell you doesn’t mean we can’t. You remember where the showers are, dontcha?”

Nice pot calling the kettle black in P2, Gil. It’s not as if he never manipulates people into doing his job for free. What about helping his players prepare for their future? Or did that stop with John Pascoe? True Standish will be lucky to get financial aid at a DIII school at this rate.

The only saving grace in today’s strip is Holly’s non-apology apology to Gil’s passive-aggressive attempt at shaming (which of course will lead Holly to improvise some feel-good crap that will lose Welcome Back, Carter its remaining 12 viewers). Ranks right up there with this one:



  1. Wait till Tricky Dick gets ahold of this footage. “Coach Thorp loses control of his team, they stumble their way out of the postseason, he gets mad and takes it out on poor little Holly.” Rarings gold!

    Comment by John S. Walters — December 10, 2015 @ 7:22 am

  2. Big kudos to the cameraman for capturing what is perhaps the most compelling shot in all of film… the back of the head of the person talking.

    Comment by billytheskink — December 10, 2015 @ 8:18 am

  3. every song’s a comeback
    every moment’s a little bit later

    Comment by g2design — December 10, 2015 @ 8:46 am

  4. If these dramatic angle shots of Holly’s body keep up, we could catalog all the possiblities and play HollyBodyBingo.

    “Under the ‘B’: Back of Holly’s left knee…” Oh, oh, Bingo!

    If Carl’s still lurking here – I know you’d want to play coverall/blackout

    Comment by g2design — December 10, 2015 @ 9:32 am

  5. Many of us have said this before, but: Gil’s rant would have been more appropriately directed at the school district superintendent, who signed a bunch of unwilling people up for the biggest, most inexcusable debacle since Lord Raglan at Balaclava. Fictional people, but still. Holly is just doing her job.
    I had hoped for more. True was injured, and he found out why Dory skipped practice. True could have told Gil. He could have told Boo, who would have been seen in the parking lot of Alan’s motel, dipping arrowhead tips into boomslang venom. Instead, he promised to show Dory why the TV crew could not be trusted. He lied to Holly, who repeated the lie. Then True pretended that the original lie had been some sort of state secret. Mimi did get off her withering barista remark. As far as we know, no one ever told Dory about it, so he didn’t learn anything after all.
    “Withering Barista” might be a good name for a coffee shop.
    Dory got ejected and suspended, and Gil still never found out why he missed that practice. He spends all day around high school kids, notorious for blabbing secrets, but he still doesn’t know. Now he delivers this screed. I guess there’s going to be a Valley Tech game, and that’ll be it.
    It occurs to me that they could have done a story line on college coaches offering enticements to Gil to get him to send True to their school (money, cars, help look for your kids). Instead, this.

    Comment by Philip — December 10, 2015 @ 10:19 am

  6. Though we’re poking fun, I think it’s a refreshingly unusual angle for the art, viewing a conversing face through the arms akimbo of the other interlocutor. Give credit to Whigham, nicely done.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — December 10, 2015 @ 12:51 pm

  7. Bingo, Moon. And you can see this realization on Gil’s face in p1. “Holy %$#&- I am going into my peroration and Whigham is showing the action from AN UNEXPECTEDLY CREATIVE ANGLE?

    Comment by vaganova — December 10, 2015 @ 7:46 pm

  8. P2: Cameraman guy nearly drops his rig as he has the sickening realization that he, too, is merely being used in this whole tawdry affair. By Alan, by Holly, by the system… And, here, the whole time he thought he had been happy simply conceiving of himself as being employed. Later that evening, many minibar bottles of liquor will be drained and even later the morning after will come the even more sickening realization that he couldn’t expense them.

    Comment by timbuys — December 10, 2015 @ 8:08 pm

  9. Teaching, shaping lives. You did things that mattered. Way to pay yourself on the back in a round about way Gil. You’re irreplaceable .

    Comment by Jive Turkey — December 11, 2015 @ 10:19 am

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