This Week in Milford

June 20, 2016

Shocked, And Sad

Filed under: Gil Thorp — nedryerson @ 5:49 am


Shockingly, Gil attended the faculty meeting and is taking Dr. Pearl’s instructions to heart. He’s giving the team a forum to talk.

Mike Granger, who has never said anything ever (probably, but this hasn’t been verified), wants to start us off. He speaks for the team because he’s the one who has to strap on his gear, even for talking and light workouts. I believe Gil owes him that.

Mike Granger tells True that his teammates are there for him, which is nice. Of course, the elephant in the room is Barry Bader, except that he isn’t in the room because he went home because his appearance at school received a frosty reception. So we won’t know now if Barry can learn something about being a supportive, team player.

I’m currently running short on ways to bash this strip for bungling this unusually weighty story, so I’m just leaving it there for now. A serious question just occurred to me though. Feel free to answer it or leave it alone as you see fit. If this assemblage of players in their open discussion veers into vindictive feelings toward Del and/or Barry, what should Gil say by way of steering the conversation? Should he let them talk that out, or sweep it under the rug and get them back to platitudes and general support?



  1. Gil can point out that Barry wasn’t driving. A professional educator would try to spend some time on: what does the team do when Barry returns?

    Seriously, though, this has gone off the deep end. The spring story started on 11 April. The strips of the first week alternated between panels of Boo practicing her knuckleball, and of Del pickling what’s left of his brain. As soon as Del got pulled over, all the women disappeared. For over a month, all we saw of Boo was the occasional panel of her with True, or her talking to a friend about True.
    Then she returned and threw her no-hitter, finishing with one single decisive knuckleball. She went to the Bucket for a last meal of fries and a shake, stopped at Swifti Mart for milk, and got T-boned twice. We saw Mimi’s shock, and a few girls embracing, and now we’re back to the guys doing … umm … what are they doing here, anyway? Apart from preventing us from seeing the softball team, that is?

    I’ve noticed Rubin will get to this point in a sequence, line things up to drive the plot to its conclusion, and then slam on the brakes for no reason that makes itself obvious to me. He ought to be cranking up tension by working all the conflicts he has going. There’s not a speck of conflict today.

    Comment by Philip — June 20, 2016 @ 8:08 am

  2. A long, long time ago
    I can still remember…

    When this strip used to show some games
    And I knew if we saw some ball
    That the ‘Larks might get a playdown call
    And, maybe, give us hope instead of shame

    But mid-June came and all we’d seen
    Were just four games between both teams
    Worse, still, was the reason
    We’d seen so little season

    Before Del Bader could be tried
    He couldn’t help but, again, imbibe
    Causing a Jeep to be hit twice, broadside
    The day Boo Radley died

    So bye-bye, Miss Addison Rad (ley)
    Drove her Compass to the Swifti-Mart for milk and some bread
    And now them baseball boys were mad at Barry and his drunk dad
    Saying, “We’re all shocked ’bout Boo and sad.”
    “We’re all shocked ’bout Boo and sad.”

    Comment by billytheskink — June 20, 2016 @ 8:21 am

  3. Bravo billytheskink! I can just hear Don McLean singing it. Tremendous work!

    Comment by Moon Mullins — June 20, 2016 @ 9:21 am

  4. Nicely done, billy.

    Comment by nedryerson — June 20, 2016 @ 10:01 am

  5. Agreed – and it’s worth noting we’re commenting on the comments, rather than the source material.

    I mean, really, what the hell’s been happening recently? Tone deaf, contrived, sophomoric, unenthusiastic – this strip has become the Justin Bieber of the funny pages. I was gonna cite Britney Spears, but hey, she’s female.

    Thanks for letting me rant. Wish I felt better about it.

    Comment by g2design — June 20, 2016 @ 11:19 am

  6. Well done, g2. And billy! The pace really has collapsed, but the central action is so out of character for GT that we really don’t know what to expect. Advice to Whigrub– whatever you do, do not show Mimi and her team, or the Radleys! Boo’s dead, and suddenly it’s all about True. True’s been an interesting and attractive character all along, but I think he (here I am citing an imaginary person) would tell us that while he is devastated, this is really “not about him.” Oh, I forgot, it’s about to also be about that indefensible waste of resources, Barry Bader.

    Comment by vaganova — June 20, 2016 @ 12:02 pm

  7. I just discovered the greatest comic character ever – Squirrel Girl! With the body of Lena Dunham & the teeth of Bucky Beaver, she’s beaten up Thanos, Galactus & Dr Doom.

    Meanwhile, back in Milford, the most painful unreadable mess since Ordinary People.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — June 20, 2016 @ 12:11 pm

  8. The ‘song’ is good, but ‘Radley’ doesnt rhyme with ‘bread’, Neither does ‘dad’. And ’bout can be sung ‘about’ to add the syllable its short of. How many more days till they tee it up?

    Comment by robmize2013 — June 20, 2016 @ 2:29 pm

  9. Actually “bread” and “dad” are a very good approximate or “slant” rhyme, which is considered a higher form than “identical” rhyme, such as “June” and “moon.”

    Comment by vaganova — June 20, 2016 @ 2:52 pm

  10. “Let’s talk a bit” is, I guess, GIl’s idea of therapy.

    “We’re all shocked about Boo. And sad.” After graduating, I see Mike getting a job writing text for Hallmark.

    I’ll skip the obvious Bechdel Rule comment and just say this. There was plenty of material for a good, meaty spring storyline without needlessly murdering Boo. Leave out the second car. You’ve got Del and Barry coming to terms with Del’s drinking problem, plus (if you need more) Boo gaining a new outlook on life after the crash. That’s quite enough for a good Afterschool Special, no?

    Comment by John S. Walters — June 20, 2016 @ 5:11 pm

  11. The “ley” in Radley was meant to run into the next line so as to have “rad” roughly rhyme when sung. I didn’t type it correctly. My regular writer is on vacation this week…

    Comment by billytheskink — June 20, 2016 @ 5:50 pm

  12. billy, your execution has been canceled. Please, keep giving us stuff like this!

    John S has hit another long ball. Nothing to add.

    Comment by vaganova — June 20, 2016 @ 6:24 pm

  13. When billy starts firing up the song lyrics, you know it’s gonna be a good day in the comments. This is no exception. You’ll be writing for Gail Martin in no time, good sir! (I also concur with Rad/bread/dad being a perfectly cromulent rhyme, and knew what you were doing with “-ley”.)

    Good analysis by Philip; John S knocked the cover off the ball on this one; & vaganova’s right on as usual. Especially for a high-school kid, True is extraordinarily self-aware and has his head on almost impossibly straight. I agree — he would be the one to know it’s not about him. Too bad he can’t tell Rubin that. (He’s not Deadpool here, eh?)

    Downpuppy — I have heard of Squirrel Girl but haven’t checked her out yet. Now might be the time.

    g2 — the Britney Spears crack? Daaaaamn. Well done.

    Comment by lauramac — June 20, 2016 @ 8:09 pm

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