This Week in Milford

June 23, 2016

Biggest Bechdel Fail Yet


Ach mein Gott!  Not only do we still not see the girls, we’re told they’re incapable of making a decision without the input of a (young) man, who supposedly knows what a dead girl would say.

No need for True to go to Wake Forest now; he’s already doing the jobs of not one but two coaches, so why not put him on the MHS payroll and put the Thorps out to pasture?

So much frustration with where Rubin has taken this arc. Long day ahead of me and problems staying connected to the WP server. I’ll probably come back and edit this post this evening. Okay? Okay!

metapost (updated): WordPress glitches didn’t seem to harm the original post. I foresee a future metapost from me this weekend to try to make some sense of the past couple of weeks of this strip.



  1. Here’s another way this storyline is so bad: True and Boo supposedly had this deep, abiding friendship, but Rubin did the absolute minimum to establish it. Their relationship, like Boo herself, was just a McGuffin in service of a plot about how BOYS deal with grief and conflict. I just can’t wait till the summer plot starts, and I hope it’s a good lighthearted one with some slapstick. I could use some Loser Marty Moon in my life right about now.

    Comment by John S. Walters — June 23, 2016 @ 6:08 am

  2. What? C’mon, they’re being hella sensitive… I mean, ya got two dudes talking about a chick. A dead chick at that! What more do you want? Dress ’em up in skirts and put pink ribbons in their hair?

    Comment by timbuys — June 23, 2016 @ 7:11 am

  3. Post-pone the Jefferson game? To when, next season?

    Comment by billytheskink — June 23, 2016 @ 7:55 am

  4. Hey, maybe they could play the game but burn Del in effigy afterward.

    Comment by John S. Walters — June 23, 2016 @ 9:10 am

  5. I am almost scared of tomorrow’s strip. I’m afraid we’ll finally see the girls … and they’ll be talking about what all this has done to poor True.

    Comment by Philip — June 23, 2016 @ 9:50 am

  6. Well, that big fat cow of a judge should’ve locked up Del and threw away the key!

    Comment by Jive Turkey — June 23, 2016 @ 10:17 am

  7. Too many men? Absurd. Gil Thorp is by men. For men. About men. Manly men, with mighty muscles, matted body hair, and earrings. Men who don’t need women. You know – wrestlers, pirates, lumberjacks, simple village people.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — June 23, 2016 @ 11:06 am

  8. *spluttering inarticulate furious gibberish*

    Comment by lauramac — June 23, 2016 @ 11:32 am

  9. Here! Here! Down puppy! Or hear! Hear!? To quote Nick Martini from ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, “We serve hard drinks to men who want to get drunk fast. Not to pussies like Del who blow a .14 or .16 drinking girly wine!”

    Comment by Jive Turkey — June 23, 2016 @ 11:39 am

  10. I don’t drink and drive. But if I did drink and drive, thank God I’m a smart drunk, not a stupid drunk. Thank for the out, T-Dog. #gottabesmartdrunk

    Comment by g2design — June 23, 2016 @ 12:12 pm

  11. @#7_Downpuppy – turns out this entire story arc is set in the time of the Rhodesian Bush War

    Comment by g2design — June 23, 2016 @ 12:23 pm

  12. You know what else was set in the bush wars? Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner! Now there was a man’s man, who played through a minor injury. Old school football spirit!

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — June 23, 2016 @ 12:40 pm

  13. talkin’ about the man!

    Comment by g2design — June 23, 2016 @ 12:43 pm

  14. This may be too obvious to point out, but I think this may be the first time in the history of GT that the drawings are better than the writing. Look, if they want to kill off a sympathetic character in a pointless accident, OK, but at least handle the aftermath with a little equanimity. Even dead, Boo is a pawn in this telling.

    Comment by vaganova — June 23, 2016 @ 1:55 pm

  15. Updating post with tags.

    Comment by teenchy — June 23, 2016 @ 6:51 pm

  16. Are they ever going to reveal who was in the third vehicle? Guess it was someone who is insignificant.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — June 24, 2016 @ 8:02 am

  17. @Bobby Joe: That would have been Deus X. Machina.

    Comment by teenchy — June 24, 2016 @ 9:17 am

  18. Up till Friday’s P3, this comment section has come closer to passing the Bechdel Test than the strip has AND (afaik) I’M THE ONLY GIRL HERE. >_<

    Seriously. my virtual Mudlarks, I appreciate y'all. Especially vaganova & John S., as they have done great work holding Rubin's ass to the fire, but really all y'all.

    Comment by lauramac — June 24, 2016 @ 7:19 pm

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