This Week in Milford

December 17, 2015

Hold Me Closer, Tiny Gil


In this final, messed-up week of this impossibly messed-up fall arc, today’s strip may be the most messed-up yet. Five-eighths-scale Gil saunters into Casa Thorp packing an awful lot of ego for a dethroned State Champion. Notice how glibly he (or, rather, his talking crotch) assumes any call from Holly is a call for him. Good thing Pissy-faced Mimi is here to set him straight.

I’m hard pressed to imagine what exactly Mimi was honest to Holly about that wouldn’t already have been obvious during the filming of Welcome Back, Carter (possibly something along the lines of how “three-step drop” isn’t just a term for the football field). I’m even harder pressed to imagine why Gil should care about Holly’s motives behind calling Mimi or for pulling the plug on the show.  By Monday it will all be a moot point, memories of Holly, Alan and the crew as gone as the 30 years off Mimi’s face after slipping on that cheerleader outfit for a bout of angry makeup sex.



  1. Nice James Dean jacket Gil. He just got back from a drag race with Marty. Too bad they both pussed out and slammed on the breaks to avoid falling off the cliff.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — December 17, 2015 @ 7:26 am

  2. Who cares? Move on from this ridiculous arc and fast as you can.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — December 17, 2015 @ 8:23 am

  3. I’ll miss Bittmayne from this story arc, but not much else. It’s too much fun to walk into a room and ask HOW ARE YA?!

    Comment by billytheskink — December 17, 2015 @ 8:39 am

  4. It always confuses me. What ever that P1 box narration is called (caption?), it now declares that it’s Saturday Afternoon. I assume this is two days hence, correct? Dang – this story was so bad even Rubin is fast-forwarding.

    Hey! Gil Thorp’s got QuickMode!

    Comment by g2design — December 17, 2015 @ 1:28 pm

  5. I realize this strip’s fundamental conceit is Life Lessons For Teens The Gil Thorp Way, but this storyline would have been SOOOOO much better if it had focused on the adults. Marty Moon, clueless loser; Mimi, suspicious spouse; Gil, in trouble with the administration for refusing to cooperate with the reality show; Holly, taking advantage of all these tank town hicks and walking away with fat network checks in her pocket.

    Comment by John S. Walters — December 17, 2015 @ 1:33 pm

  6. I don’t even know why I’m asking these questions but… so, was Holly hired on as a teacher first and then this reality thing came about and she somehow got her new employer to sign off on it? Is Holly going to be, at least nominally, an ongoing member of the faculty at MHS? For the kids? What about something else? I’m halfway curious what Gil’s theories are as to ‘something else’. Feh. Two more days of this one.

    Comment by timbuys — December 17, 2015 @ 7:21 pm

  7. What I can’t figure out is if Dory and True were lovers, or just teammates….

    Comment by Carl — December 17, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

  8. […] but now have someone call him “scrawny” and he turns into a Shrinky Dink (kinda like Gil did at the end of football season). Meanwhile the guy in the booth behind Kenzie must be some kind of […]

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