This Week in Milford

July 14, 2016

One Trial Over, the Next About to Start


It would seem that we have indeed made our pivot and we’re into our summer plot lines:

(1) Mimi lines up True as her summer fling before (if/when?) he packs up for Winston-Salem, to the chagrin of a pissy-faced Gil (“I didn’t groom this kid to be Mimi’s boy toy!”)

(b) Captain Marvel Clueless Barry Bader is still clueless and uncounseled. Way to make this kid a two-dimensional scapegoat, Rubin. Will the beatings continue until morale is restored?

(iii) We get the Valley’s version of Anatomy of a Murder. Nice “oy vey” face on Mother Bader there. If only we could get a nice Saul Bass-y title sequence.

 edit: I can’t believe I didn’t call out the three parallelisms in today’s strip. Here’s a fourth: I can’t believe Rubin’s dragging this saga out into the summer!



  1. Mother Bader, if you had to do it all over again, would you change anything?

    Comment by g2design — July 14, 2016 @ 8:01 am

  2. I really resent today’s strip for causing me to, briefly, put my attorney’s hat back on and try to remember what the hell the elements of ‘second-degree murder’ might be in whichever jurisdiction it is that doesn’t have some law on the books specifically to do with involuntary manslaughter resulting from DWI.

    Also, other than the parallel sentence structure to panel one, why in the heck is Barry saying he can’t believe this is happening? Maybe he hasn’t been paying attention to the plot… lucky him.

    Comment by timbuys — July 14, 2016 @ 8:43 am

  3. Well, three panels of disbelief here. Definitely a parallelism. I have no legal hat, but isn’t “vehicular manslaughter” a fairly universal charge in this country? As I understand it, it consists of wrongfully killing someone with a motor vehicle, with variations for the relative degree of either intent or negligence. Intent would I believe also raise “vehicular assault.” I think Barry’s “I can’t believe” means “I am outraged at this because I am still an asshole and still don’t grasp the seriousness of what’s happened.”

    Comment by vaganova — July 14, 2016 @ 10:25 am

  4. At least today’s strip answered the question all of us — including Boo’s parents and teammates — were asking: How will the situation affect True Standish?

    Comment by John S. Walters — July 14, 2016 @ 11:47 am

  5. Gil does look pretty steamed that True is making time with his best girl. Or is he looking past them at the guys in the golf cart hoisting Schlitz’s?
    Speaking of his best girl is she also wearing a softball uni? If not, that’s a dirty prank to pull on her team. ” Lets all wear our uniforms. Boo would want it that way.” Nice leadership.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — July 14, 2016 @ 12:13 pm

  6. Barry’s T-shirt: is it a Bazinga, a Flash, or a Madman? The former validates his uber-tool status, the latter makes him an antihero for our times.

    Comment by John S. Walters — July 14, 2016 @ 2:29 pm

  7. ^^ What about a Gatorade shirt?

    Comment by lauramac — July 14, 2016 @ 2:31 pm

  8. All states except Alaska, Montana, and Arizona have vehicular homicide statutes … or so says Wikipedia.
    We obviously won’t wrap things up this week. We might actually have one more high school baseball/softball game (after the MLB All Star Game). Barry has to vent some more, Del needs a dramatic courtroom scene, and Gil has to have a few panels to help us Make Sense Of It All.
    Maybe Rubin won’t wrap things up at all … he could drag this out for another few weeks, then begin the fall story on 15 August, more in line with the real-world calendar.
    I’m resigned to it: we’ll see True’s agonizing decision about whether to devote himself completely to football, or to sign that minor-league contract we all know he’ll be offered. I had been hoping he’d wind up in Batavia, NY, but the Muckdogs don’t need a closer: at 6-20, they don’t have leads to protect.

    Comment by Philip — July 14, 2016 @ 3:17 pm

  9. I had to look it up, but in CA, DUI murder can be charged if there is a prior DUI conviction (not sure that Del has been convicted of the first charge yet) and warned that a death may result in a murder charge. It does seem that the summer plot line is the continuation of the spring, though. . .

    Comment by johnnymac627 — July 14, 2016 @ 4:21 pm

  10. I agree. But perhaps this will spare us the summer plot of showing children how to hit golf balls and trying to remember the returning former student. Anything but an effing golf plot. I know, golf is absorbing– for the player– and requires astonishing skill, but for a GT plot it’s pure novocain.

    Comment by vaganova — July 14, 2016 @ 5:13 pm

  11. Ughh. So we wait until the eleventh hour to reveal that Barry is…..doubling down!

    I don’t know anything about parenting so my best advice would be to ship him off to military school (you know, like with that Finklestein kid):

    Comment by nedryerson — July 15, 2016 @ 8:46 am

  12. I can’t believe that young Master Bader is such a d-bag either. This situation is ìnterferring with his march to baseball stardom. Too bad about that deadgirl. Maybe they should just give his old man a traffic citation and send him home.

    Meanwhile Mama Bader looks like she should be on suicide watch having to deal with a drunk husband and a douche son.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — July 15, 2016 @ 8:59 am

  13. Barry’s loud whining obscures the thought bubble over his mother’s head: (“That nice MRI technician at the clinic where I worked wanted to marry me. What was I THINKING?”)

    Comment by vaganova — July 15, 2016 @ 12:52 pm

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