This Week in Milford

September 3, 2016

Six Months in a Leaky Plot


I wrote the title of this post thinking I had another song parody in me, but truly this arc isn’t worthy of another. Still I think it sums up what a lot of us have thought about this shipwreck.

A week or so ago some friends and I were discussing the first black player for the Washington Senators, Carlos Paula.  Paula was a good-hit, no-field outfielder who was painted with an awful lot of stereotypes in 1950s Washington. In a way, the spring/summer Gil Thorp story arc has reminded me of Paula: good artwork, poor storytelling, and painted with an awful lot of stereotypes.

Are any of you as gobsmacked as I am about Jerry Lewis’ Barry’s desire to install a littlefreelibrary in his front yard? Does he really believe this will serve as his own version of a Boo Radley Memorial, not realizing that it will only serve as a constant reminder to his mother of the incident that killed an innocent* girl and took her husband away for eight to twelve years? Of course, maybe the For Sale sign will be going up on Schloss Bader next week, making the question moot. Maybe this is meant to cement in the readers’ minds that Barry learned absolutely nothing over the last six months in real time, and that any speculation that his clueless braggadocio was some kind of a coping mechanism  was just that – speculation.

What was the lesson here? Did anyone really learn anything? I’d venture that the only lesson learned was by Del: “Don’t drink and drive, but if you do and you get caught, it pays to shop around for a defense attorney.”

Hopefully this is the last we see of Truman (True) Standish, who went from being the star quarterback who led Milford to its first state football championship to the sun around which everything and everybody in the Milford universe revolves.  As pointed out in yesterday’s comments, Wake Forest didn’t exactly light up the scoreboard against Tulane Thursday night, so there’s a good chance he can crack the starting lineup before season’s end. If he continues down the path Rubin created for him, he’ll probably get HB2 overturned, the voting districts ungerrymandered, and end the debate over Eastern-style and Lexington-style barbecue.

I wish I had more to say today; I’ve certainly had plenty of time to mull it over. Maybe it’s time for one of my fellow bloggers to take over the Saturday spot, as they may be better closers than I. I should still get coffee, though.

Anyway, enjoy this clip of the inspiration for today’s post title. Hope to see y’all on the gridiron on Monday.

*Even more innocent when the talking on a phone while driving panel was edited out in some media.



  1. And in a bit of poetic justice, the storyline ends with two boys engaging in the kind of gentle wordplay that says “teamwork.” Meanwhile, the girls’ softball team? Ma and Pa Radley? Nothing.

    I don’t want to jinx anything, but the fall plot HAS to be better than this.

    Doesn’t it?

    Comment by John S. Walters — September 3, 2016 @ 1:45 pm

  2. what kind of ending is this???? hopefully it is the end…
    panel 2, is master bader wearing some kind of “dental appliance”????

    Comment by Rowdyman — September 3, 2016 @ 3:45 pm

  3. We’ve been at this since 11 April … almost five months. Seemed longer, somehow. Seemed like a struggle to rival the Shackleton expedition. Now, after all that time, all those aimless turns, after the loss of a popular character, what’s the payoff? Barry is still a nacissistic boor, oblivious to both his narcissism and his boorishness. But we finally see a change to one of our cast: judging from panel 3, True has come to regard Barry as almost endearing.
    Either that, or he’s realized that he’ll soon be safely in the 27109 zip code, where, if he reflects on it at all, he can think “Not my circus. Not my monkeys”.

    Comment by Philip — September 3, 2016 @ 4:02 pm

  4. I must be some kind of fool to have high hopes for Monday…

    Comment by timbuys — September 3, 2016 @ 4:56 pm

  5. Only high hopes would be the end of my strike, and Monday would be Day 47. Been longer then I figured.

    Comment by robmize2013 — September 3, 2016 @ 5:34 pm

  6. Two other things:
    1. Remember a few days ago when Gil said “Six days from concept to completion. That’s amazing”? Does anyone see anything about this very unremarkable box that would lead you to think it took longer than a single afternoon?
    2. The setting sun backdrop to today’s panel 3 is a bit much. You can almost hear the swelling chorus of violins …

    Comment by Philip — September 3, 2016 @ 5:41 pm

  7. Make it look like a cardboard box? Isn’t that what it is? The drawings on it look like they were done by a first grade art class.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — September 4, 2016 @ 8:44 am

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