This Week in Milford

August 13, 2016

Not Somebody Else’s Best Work, Either

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“Some of your teammates” = True Standish, the only one of your teammates I can be bothered to talk to.

I’m sure alert TWIMers have noticed during this arc that True has been periodically breaking the fourth wall with side eye, most recently yesterday.  It’s almost as if he’s begging to be taken away from Milford so he can get on with his life.  Now it’s Gil’s turn to break the fourth wall with a veiled cry for help: “Not my best work.”  Prisoner to this five-month-long baseball/softball/death and DUI arc, with not even so much as single pool- or patioside adult beverage break with Mimi?  Is Gil’s statement a reference to his usual lack of coaching coaching job, or the seeming inability of his creator to move things forward in this strip?  Talk amongst yourselves.

From the Pantheon of Mysterious Objects Dept.: Have we seen Kaz’s “BOB” mug before? Or is that a “BOO” Radley memorial mug? Is he playing blackjack with Gil, or guzzling moo shu pork straight from the takeout box without pancakes?

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5 Comments »

  1. And in Gil’s case, “Not my best work” is saying something.

    I mean, during this record-breaking five-month-long high school baseball season, he’s got a key player who’s alienating the entire team — and he never did anything about it?

    Also, this is a bad case of Nothing Matters But The Team. Barry’s dad is in the slammer, probably going away for a long time, his mom faces a bleak future of “taking in washing” (prostitution) to make ends meet, and Barry was a sociopath even before all that happened. But all Gill can talk about his re-integrating Barry into the team.

    And Boo Radley becomes ever more a footnote in the Gil Thorp narrative.

    At this point, I’m hoping this strip pulls a “Barney Google” and follows True off to college, leaving Milford far behind while Gil Thorp exists only in the title of the strip, plus the once-a-decade cameo shot.

    Comment by John S. Walters — August 13, 2016 @ 11:09 am

  2. The mug letters spell out BOIL, which could be what’s growing on Barry’s normally tiny nose, or perhaps what Del will do in Hell for suffering us through this summer’s interminable plot.

    “You actually said BOIL the hinges? That makes nofukingsense, Gil.”

    Comment by g2design — August 13, 2016 @ 11:09 am

  3. Perhaps Gil has all fifty coffee cups from the “USA Postal Codes Collection” and today he has chosen to drink out of Illinois.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — August 13, 2016 @ 12:18 pm

  4. “Not liking you predates that. We’ve run carbon tests.”

    Snark on this slog of a story arc? Not my best work.

    Comment by Dood — August 13, 2016 @ 5:02 pm

  5. Gil has the horse behind the cart. The problem is not the team not “liking” BB, it’s BB antagonizing his teammates from the moment he entered the locker room.

    Comment by vaganova — August 13, 2016 @ 6:44 pm


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