This Week in Milford

January 18, 2017

Right Hand Dominant

Filed under: Chunky Bracelets, exposition comics, freak hands, Gil Thorp — timbuys @ 11:17 am


Gosh, but Mike and Ken make quite the couple in panel one.

Meanwhile, as predicted by nearly everyone paying attention,* Molly, at least in this one particular instance, refers to Holly Dobbs‘ illegitimate daughter, Molly O’Herlihy.

Hey, how long of a pause do you think AaAa’s ellipse is supposed to indicate? I think seeing Gil put the same move on AaAa’s girlfriend that he just used to emasculate the Tilden coach would make me pause for a bit too.

* No slight to whoever called it first, I’m just too lazy to look it up.




  1. At first glance I thought Molly was wearing a black push-up bra, and she had strange linear wrinkles or tattoos running down her torso. Now I can’t see it any other way. Crazy rave kids!

    Comment by Moon Mullins — January 18, 2017 @ 11:53 am

  2. This may be the most egregious case of bait-and-switch I have ever seen in GT. Now to see where the blimp goes now that Whigrub has let all the wind out.

    Comment by vaganova — January 18, 2017 @ 12:16 pm

  3. It’s only Wednesday, dang it Here’s hoping that “girlfriend” is Tilden slang for “dealer”.

    On a related note, I hope Whigrub gave @mollymoo1695 and @mollytherrr a heads-up.

    Comment by g2design — January 18, 2017 @ 12:34 pm

  4. Well, I didn’t know Molly was a drug so I guess I knew it all along.
    So in 2 weeks Aa introduces Mary Jane to Gil. She goes to school here.
    Then, in another 2 weeks Aa introduces his heroine to Gil. She goes to school here. “I don’t take heroin, she is my HEROINE. You know, like Wonder-woman.”
    I always assumed Milford was a small
    school. Shouldn’t Gil already know this broad? And his teammates should know who he’s going out with, regardless of school size. I’m sure that stuff is on SNAPFACE, right?
    How can you swallow this, I can’t stabs the taste! SQUEEZE THE TRIGGER!
    Ice T, before sellout

    Comment by Jive Turkey — January 18, 2017 @ 12:45 pm

  5. Stand the taste, but stabs kinda works.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — January 18, 2017 @ 12:46 pm

  6. Oh, What a set-up for The Bachelor. Slam-dunk the competition then hand your rose to Molly. Heather was sent home in the limo bawling her eyes out. Chris Harrison got lost trying to find MHS so Gil filled in admirably. Check your local listings for the upcoming episode.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — January 18, 2017 @ 12:58 pm

  7. It appears as if Gil has “dropped trou” in panel 2.

    Comment by 1for3 with a walk — January 18, 2017 @ 1:06 pm

  8. Milford Mudlark Record Book.xlsx added “Molly” as a character weeks ago.

    Aagard, of course, could be lying to Gil here. Ms. O’Herlihy could very well be some Tilden local he paid $20 to pretend to be “Molly”… or maybe Ransom Hale’s partner in not-crime, Kitten, after some tattoo removal surgery.

    Comment by billytheskink — January 18, 2017 @ 1:09 pm

  9. We’ve seen those lines on clothes before. (Check out the comments on that post. Some funny stuff about piano keys boobs!) I’m still not sure what they represent.

    Now let’s not go around bragging about who cracked the Molly case first. Let’s just be proud that we were onto it way before The Comics Curmudgeon, who posited his theory well after us due to the time he spent on his lavish, professional blogger style vacation. We at TWIM are like the ink stained wretches to corporate e-media fatcats like Jfruh. (Just kidding, Joshie. Don’t grind up under the boots of your army of lawyers.)

    Comment by nedryerson — January 18, 2017 @ 1:24 pm

  10. We can’t let “Molly O’Herlihy” join the strip without bringing up the legendary Ed Herlihy, best remembered as Francis’ dad Mr. Buxton in Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (you’ll remember him chewing the joke gum and having black liquid coming out of his mouth). Some may also remember him as the spokesman for Bert Weinman Ford in Chicago — he’d come out and tell you about a used Ford that was revolving on a turntable in front of huge curtains — on WGN on Sunday mornings during Star Trek reruns in the early 1970s. “Hello everyone, Ed Herlihy for Bert WEINman Ford. Take a look at this stylish Ford LTD Country Squire Station Wagon!”

    Comment by Moon Mullins — January 18, 2017 @ 1:29 pm

  11. Right, Moon. I knew I had heard him say “Little ol’ me, Ed Herlihy” somewhere and it had to have been (confirmed by googling) in “The King of Comedy” where he plays the sort of Ed McMahon to Jerry Lewis’ talk show host character.

    Comment by nedryerson — January 18, 2017 @ 1:51 pm

  12. KoC – my favorite Jerry Lewis movie. Err – my only Jerry Lewis movie. He was a just a little too yesterday for me growing up, in the way that Don Rickles was, and Steve Martin wasn’t.

    Comment by g2design — January 18, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

  13. Come to think of it, Joel Hodgson wasn’t either.

    Comment by g2design — January 18, 2017 @ 3:02 pm

  14. I’m still down by the blimp hangar, wondering what the eff is going to happen next. It’s only January 18th, and since basketball will run into May, today’s anticlimax cannot possibly be the end. Will Molly turn out to be a beard? Will we learn that Bobby Howry is behind all this? Will success spoil Emma Watson?

    Comment by vaganova — January 18, 2017 @ 3:59 pm

  15. Vaganova, I’m afraid that what we see is what we got. The only reason for a reader to wonder “what will happen next” is gone. One month into the winter story, Rubin has brought his plot to a complete halt. The last excuse to stick with it is to see the final game of the season, when Aaron Aagard faces off against Valley Tech’s Zoltan Zycick.
    Too bad AaAa’s girlfriend is not Usain’s niece, Molly Bolt.

    Comment by Philip — January 18, 2017 @ 4:33 pm

  16. Who the hell introduces his girlfriend to their coach anyway?! What a schmuck!

    Comment by Jive Turkey — January 18, 2017 @ 5:11 pm

  17. In panel 1 it sure looks like Gil finally sold that AMC Pacer.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — January 18, 2017 @ 5:13 pm

  18. 1 for 3 – yep, Gil dropped his shorts. Which sucks because the only cartoon character allowed to go sans pantalones is, of course, that ever-witty Ziggy.

    Comment by southmauldin — January 18, 2017 @ 5:57 pm

  19. Philip is no doubt right; he usually is. But to return to the NY phone book of the 1950s, the name Aaron Aagard evokes the first name in that directory, Aaron A Aa. This suggests the final opponent the season may be something like the LAST name in that same directory, Xenophon Y Zzzyandottie. But I would probably settle for Zoltan Zycick.

    Comment by vaganova — January 18, 2017 @ 7:08 pm

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