This Week in Milford

June 7, 2016

Can’t Anybody Here Drive Their Car?

Filed under: Just plain sad, Lens Flare, Milford Idiots, Swifti Mart — timbuys @ 6:33 am


Del was drunk and driving without his lights on, Boo is an inexperienced driver who ostensibly couldn’t see Del, but what’s the pick-em-up driver’s excuse? At least that driver was hitting the breaks, albeit to no avail it would seem.

I have to wonder if the pull-out for the Swifti Mart regularly features this kind of carnage.


  1. I’m assuming that True is driving the pickup truck. If not, then maybe we’re in for a few weeks of slapstick delight, as every day a new vehicle slams into the growing pile of twisted metal, shattered glass, and human flesh and blood, until all the cars in Milford are smushed together in one big, glorious wreck.

    Except Gil and Mimi. They’re at home getting sloshed.

    Comment by John S. Walters — June 7, 2016 @ 6:49 am

  2. Refresh my memory: When did Tom Batiuk take over the writing for this strip from Neal Rubin?

    Comment by teenchy — June 7, 2016 @ 7:01 am

  3. Kudos to g2d for calling this yesterday.

    Terribly disappointed in the onomatopoeia in panel 2 today. This strip usually spells such words incorrectly with a trademark flair.

    Comment by billytheskink — June 7, 2016 @ 7:15 am

  4. “What’s that racket Ethyl !”
    “Just another demolition derby at the Swifti Mart,George.”

    Comment by Jive Turkey — June 7, 2016 @ 7:16 am

  5. People have been saying True would crash into Boo, which I thought was idiotic. But now it’s happened, which I guess makes me the idiot for denying that having Bader, Boo, AND True on the road at the same time would lead to this. Not seeing how this second impact advances the story, other than by making Dipshit Del responsible for an even worse accident. It is always possible that it’s one of the Carcrashians driving the pickup, but I’m pretty sure it’s True…

    I REALLY wish I had not brought up “Bonfire of the Vanities” a couple of weeks ago.

    Comment by vaganova — June 7, 2016 @ 7:26 am

  6. Yeah, nice call, g2d. If you read “Writing Plots for Dummies”, this would be the last vehicle to hit Boo. Any more, and it starts looking like a bad Saturday Night Live skit.
    One question: isn’t the Swifti Mart parking lot well enough lit to illuminate the disabled vehicles in the road? Or, as timbuys says, is this something that happens all the time?
    Wait for Del’s trial:
    Lawyer: “Your honor, my client concedes that he hit Miss Radley’s vehicle, and that he did it while he was higher than the third moon of Jupiter. But let the record show that Miss Radley was also hit by a sober driver! Therefore, my client’s intoxication was immaterial!”
    Judge: “You don’t actually expect this to work, do you?”
    Lawyer: “Well … no … but nothing will, and I want to feel like I did something to earn what I’m being paid.”
    Judge: “And how much is Mr. Bader paying you?”
    Lawyer: “Good point, your honor. I’m already running into the red on this case. I’m going down for a coffee; just text me with the verdict, OK?”

    Comment by Philip — June 7, 2016 @ 7:30 am

  7. And, as a special treat, P1 dialog is a haiku!

    Comment by g2design — June 7, 2016 @ 7:36 am

  8. Good point– why didn’t True see Boo? Blind curve? A toot of something the Wake Forest recruiter slipped him as a signing bonus? The pickup’s lights are definitely on. True’s coming the other way from Dipshit Del, hence bad luck– he hits her in pretty much the same place, and her Jeep is probably structurally damaged already. This could get bad. Not sure if it’s worse than it he had hit Del, who could have been waving his arms Daisy Buchanan style.

    Comment by vaganova — June 7, 2016 @ 8:34 am

  9. The car Truman was driving appeared to be a sedan, but it wasn’t definite.
    Of course, we could spend the rest of the month watching more cars pile in.
    And would, if this was a James Allen strip.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — June 7, 2016 @ 10:33 am


    Comment by Roscoe P. Soultrain — June 7, 2016 @ 10:54 am


    And bonus points for the hexahexapenta-hydrocarbon decal on the (intact?) Jeep window in P2.

    Comment by g2design — June 7, 2016 @ 11:16 am

  12. Plausibility aside, Whigham seems to draw better when he has something besides softball players to depict. Maybe he’s glad for some variety in the job?

    Comment by AirForbes — June 7, 2016 @ 9:09 pm

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