This Week in Milford

April 21, 2016

“Car Trouble,” Seriously?

Filed under: exposition comics, freak hands, Gil Thorp, Milford Idiots — teenchy @ 5:34 am


Mother Bader could be Granny Bader for all we know; those perfectly round eyeglass frames and her suddenly narrowed features throw off a serious Al-Jo Ames Irene Ryan vibe.

Love how she whips out the “car trouble” card on the fly, the way folks used to throw out “female trouble” when a woman was in the hospital for, oh, say, a hysterectomy. Impoundment is a form of car trouble so credit for that.

Meanwhile tonsured little Master Bader obliviously shovels dinner into his face, unaware that dad Del will soon be either out of a job or peddling industrial solvents while pedaling and getting called “Dewey.” Could coaching Milford baseball as community service be in his future as well?



  1. There’s all kinds of wrong in the panel 3 artwork. I’m not talking about the mysterious transparent shields that, I guess, are meant to indicate working headlights. I’m talking about that weird foreground — the carefully-detailed wooden fence that looks oddly two-dimensional, and the tree in the foreground that’s nothing more than an outline. Look at it for a few seconds, the weird will pop out at you.

    Comment by John S. Walters — April 21, 2016 @ 5:54 am

  2. Tree? I thought that someone had ripped the page before it was scanned. Too bad too, because that was probably a very nice drawing of a Chrysler Town and Country.

    Comment by billytheskink — April 21, 2016 @ 7:38 am

  3. Those round glasses without nosepads were really trendy in the mid nineties. Car Trouble by Adam & the Ants goes back to 1980. #TBT?

    Comment by g2design — April 21, 2016 @ 7:58 am

  4. Those round glasses. Hey, she’s got the Breet! She’s got the Breet! She’s got the Breet! Yeah, she’s got the Breet!

    Comment by Dood — April 21, 2016 @ 8:38 am

  5. You know you can dance to the Breet!

    Comment by g2design — April 21, 2016 @ 9:20 am

  6. Yeah, we got it!

    Comment by Dood — April 21, 2016 @ 9:31 am

  7. Spicoli said people on ludes should not drive. But he said nothing about people on liquor.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — April 21, 2016 @ 9:52 am

  8. Previous panels had Scrapie “Darth” Bader drawn as a rightie. But today his ball glove is on his right hand as wields his light sa-; I mean, pea-shooter.

    Comment by g2design — April 21, 2016 @ 11:29 am

  9. This is scarcely the biggest continuity error in Milford history, but … the phone has changed shape from yesterday’s P3 (AT&T Cordless) to today’s P1 (generic touchscreen).

    Comment by Philip — April 21, 2016 @ 11:39 am

  10. Usually there is a minimum holding time for drunk drivers. Here in Louisville, KY it’s 4 hours. Also getting booked takes time, as does getting released. Thus I’d estimate it should be close to midnight by the time Daddy gets home… Master Bader should be in bed. Curious when they get home in ‘Thorpe time’…..

    Comment by Rowdyman — April 21, 2016 @ 11:46 am

  11. I admit I’m wondering about the missing backstory. Del’s wife/daughter/aunt/parole officer or whatever expresses shock and amazement at his behavior. This suggests he does not routinely get blasted after work. Inquiring minds want to know what set this off. Did he invent the cardboard glove his kid used in making the team, or is he really in fact hot for the bartender?

    Comment by vaganova — April 21, 2016 @ 2:45 pm

  12. @Phillip, The AT&T cordless may be connected to her cell via Bluetooth… There, that ties all of the plot holes up!

    Comment by timbuys — April 21, 2016 @ 8:10 pm

  13. […] aunt or something or that Darth’s less sympathetic teammates will now start calling him “Dewey” instead of Del. For now let’s just enjoy a Saturday strip that contains reasonably plausible […]

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