This Week in Milford

June 10, 2016

Guess True is all right, for now.

Filed under: Gil Thorp, Just plain sad — robmize2013 @ 10:29 am

I guess it takes too much time for Gil to tell True about Boo, so he and Mimi are going in separate cars to the hospital. We still dont know who the 3rd driver is, and there’s really a pall over this strip until everything is resolved. What we do know is Del can forget about driving anywhere for a while, even if he was only driver # 1. I dont know how the 2nd car didnt see the whole thing, since he presumably had his lights on and was sober. And how does Boo’s air bag not go off like Dels? And how is he anyway, after taking a hit from car #2? How does car # 2 only hit Boo and not Del?

Any way you slice it, we have a lot of explaining to get in the next few days, and Whigham better have his A game, otherwise this scene will be on a future episode of Forensic Files.



  1. Keep in mind we don’t know (yet) if Driver #2 was sober. Not only that, he might have been going too fast to stop in time. Or, perhaps, he was one of those idiots who was texting while driving !

    As for Boo’s airbag, those things happen. Maybe it almost deployed, but not quite.

    As for why Driver #1 didn’t get hit, it’s probably quite logical—-if Boo’s vehicle was between him and Driver #2, that would palpably explain it.

    Granted, Gil Thorp isn’t the most sensible/logical comic strip around—but sometimes it makes sense.

    On another note……..what 30-year-old comic strip had its last strip 30 years ago on June 8, 1986 ? I remember it well !

    Comment by Howard S Sample — June 10, 2016 @ 10:41 am

  2. I assume Boo’s air bags fired when Del hit her, even if Whigham did not explicitly show it. Of course, once they’ve fired, they’re unavailable to help with the second collision.
    I will further assume that Chief Lind simply told Gil “Also, your infielder, the Bader kid? His dad was involved, but not badly hurt” as opposed to “Also, your infielder, the Bader kid? His dad caused the whole thing and was vomiting up cheap wine when the first patrol car arrived”.

    Comment by Philip — June 10, 2016 @ 10:44 am

  3. There would be no airbag deployment in a side-impact crash unless the vehicle had side-impact airbags. I don’t know enough about Jeeps to know if that’s standard equipment or not. Also, assuming True is still a minor, should Gil tell True’s parents first?

    Comment by Ol'Froth — June 10, 2016 @ 10:46 am

  4. At this critical juncture, it does seem odd to put the actual plot on hold while we look in on the Thorps, who otherwise rarely feature in their own strip.

    Panel 2: Gil’s gettin’ a little handsy for such a fraught moment.

    Panel 3: Ah yes, for Gil, it’s all about Gil.

    Comment by John S. Walters — June 10, 2016 @ 11:10 am

  5. One snowy night I saw a crash. 4 girls in a Toyota ran into a van that pulled out in front of them. The van somehow ended up sitting on their hood. No airbags deployed. The girls all leaped out of the car & milled around on the street.

    Anyhow, the first crash here seems to have been pretty carefully set up & drawn. The 2nd? Not so much. I still hate the 2nd crash, and still think it’s a desperation move by Rubin facing probable cancellation.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — June 10, 2016 @ 11:30 am

  6. I’m as perplexed as anyone else at the role of the Coaches Thorp in all of this. Regardless, it’s a good thing that Mimi hasn’t had her usual nightcap before she gets behind the wheel.

    Bonus point: I love the Thorp’s cast concrete table lamp.

    Comment by timbuys — June 10, 2016 @ 11:31 am

  7. Bruce Schneier, self-described security technologist and one of my personal heroes, writes a really informative blog which I follow (along with Milfording, of course.) Every Friday is a blog entry about squid, which has zero context except it allows his readers to, “As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven’t covered.”

    Using that contrivance, here’s a sports-related post for a very depressing Friday: My local ball team, despite all preseason expectations, absolutely and utterly stinks. After a promising spring, we started 0-9 and by May 6 the owner himself described the result as Total System Failure. At that point we were 8-20, worst in the AL.

    As of today, our record is 18-41. Our staff ERA is over 5. Totaler System Failure-er? My season tickets (great seats) are on StubHub below face value and they’re not moving. What else has not moved? Same front office, same coaching staff (although our pitching coach relapsed and is on paid leave) and the same cast of underachievers. So my question: I know tanking is a thing in the NBA; how about for MLB?

    Comment by g2design — June 10, 2016 @ 1:58 pm

  8. Maybe it was True.

    Comment by Tommy33 — June 10, 2016 @ 2:48 pm

  9. If Driver 3 was True you’ll hear my reaction from wherever you are, and I have a bad feeling since tomorrow is the Saturday cliffhanger strip. There was a lot of maneuvering to get True on the road at the same time as the other two. But I would think Chief Lind, knowing the identities of all three drivers, would have said something about True, a local celebrity, if he had been involved. He did mention Bader and it is hard to believe he would not tell Gil if True were in the pickup.

    Incidentally, I am still pissed at Whigrub. Killing Boo off is a cheap goddamn trick.

    Comment by vaganova — June 10, 2016 @ 3:09 pm

  10. I’ve been reading this strip since 1980 and following this blog for years. I hope it’s not True but it’s got to be a known character I would think. Cliffhanger till tomorrow.

    Comment by Tommy33 — June 10, 2016 @ 3:23 pm

  11. vaganova – I also figure Chief Lind would’ve told Gil if True had been involved, so by my reckoning that means True wasn’t involved. (At least he had better not have been — that would be sloppy storytelling.) And yes, Boo absolutely deserved better.

    Comment by lauramac — June 10, 2016 @ 3:35 pm

  12. timbuys — hey you’re right about that lamp, it even has the tell-tale sonotube markings

    Comment by Roscoe P. Soultrain — June 10, 2016 @ 4:02 pm

  13. What a time for Mimi to show off her talent of throwing her voice from Gil’s armpit.

    Comment by teenchy — June 10, 2016 @ 7:33 pm

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