This Week in Milford

January 26, 2017

Too Much Aaron and Not Enough Mom


After four excruciating days of exposition that Aaron Aagard’s girlfriend (and not his drug of choice) is named Molly, and after Gil has thrown Ken “Encyclopedia” Brown and Mike “I Don’t Have a Catchy Sleuthy Nickname” Granger off Aaron’s scent, and after Gil has had an extended expositional chat in the risers with Aaron, we’re now being led down the path of assuming that Aaron’s inconsistent on-court performance has something to do with his mom.

So now it’s our turn to engage in rampant speculation. Is Mother Aagard under house arrest for some criminal activity of her own? Doubtful; that son-of-a-judge Ken Brown would’ve already known about it. Agoraphobic? Possibly, but  Aaron’s “…why you don’t come to more games” implies that she comes to some games. (Not as many as Milford’s infamous Sign Man; if we could read that Woodstock scribble of his, maybe that would give us a clue.) Bad hair day? Also possible; check out those roots on Mom. Break out the Preference by L’Oréal, girlfriend!

We do know that Mother Aagard has to work late sometimes, so that’s a plausible excuse. As some TWIMers have speculated, it could be that she suffers from some sort of drug-related problem; with all the talk of drugs in this arc leading us nowhere thus far, they have to be somebody’s Chekov’s gun. I’m sure Aaron will explain all as soon as Gil banishes him to the bench tomorrow. Talk amongst yourselves.

Musical inspiration for today’s post title:

Did I do this right? I’m kinda rusty at this blog posting.


  1. Annoying characteristic of bad mystery stories: introducing new facts late in the story. This is the first hint we’ve had — EVER — that Maaaagard has or has not attended any games, let alone that her presence or absence has any impact on Aaaaron.

    And now that Molly has served her purpose as a plot device, I assume we’ll never see her again?

    Comment by John S. Walters — January 26, 2017 @ 7:09 am

  2. Nothing really one can say about today, is there? So, I’ll just offer “Mikomione Granger”, wiz detective.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — January 26, 2017 @ 8:02 am

  3. Teenchy!!! Good to have you back!!! I LOVE your acute sense of humor. It DEFINITELY spices up the show.

    I mean, this whole plot is souring into a bad dream/sorry excuse for “As The World Turns”. Seeing that Molly has momentarily(or permanently???) turned into a Bic Disposable, a terrible side show that failed miserably in its purpose, now we’re forced to endure the Motel Hell of Mrs. Aardvark’s world. We may be leaping from “General Hospital” to “Texas Chain Saw Massacre” back to “Falcon Crest” in one quantum leap.
    “There’s another man, isn’t there, Mom?”
    (Pauses) “Yes, but don’t let Coach Thorp know. I’ll break it to him at The Bucket.” The tears flow like the Niagara.

    Today’s headline from the Milford Enquirer
    “Scandal Rocks Milford As Mrs. Aardvark And Coach Thorp Are Swept Up In An Affair!!!!!!!”
    Sub headline
    “Controversy Currently Overshadowing O. J. Trial Held At The Milford Courthouse.”

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — January 26, 2017 @ 8:29 am

  4. Molly O’Herlihy may vanish (why is there always an Irish Molly– Molly Kinsella, et al?) but I suspect the drug angle may not. Notice Mrs Aa’s ellipsis in panel 2– “I hope you told him I’m hommina hommina under pressure at work.” Her seemingly groggy behavior on most occasions when we see her makes me wonder if this is not a molly story but an opioid story. These days you can’t pick up a paper without seeing a story about opioid abuse in places evocative of Mfnrd. I almost wrote “places similar to Mfnrd,” but then considered there are none.

    Comment by vaganova — January 26, 2017 @ 8:46 am

  5. Mrs. Aa is always on her computer when Aaaaron comes around. And today we see what’s on her screen — omigod, is it This Week in Milford? Are Rubin and Whigham finally getting their revenge, by showing a mother who is so web-addicted she can’t even get away from the internet long enough to go to her son’s basketball games — and her main addiction is snarking online about the daily comics?

    Perhaps we’re breaking through the fourth wall here, people……..

    Comment by Moon Mullins — January 26, 2017 @ 9:38 am

  6. Nice tune! As someone who works at home on a computer all day all I can say is that… I so far have a perfect track record of attending my daughter’s Friday night basketball games so it must be the drugs or possibly booze.

    C’mon, Ms. Aaaaagard, it won’t be that hard to swerve your way on down to the gymnasium every now and then! Just remember not to use Max Bader’s attorney when Chief Lind finally catches up to ya.

    Comment by timbuys — January 26, 2017 @ 12:24 pm

  7. 1. The kid who can’t “perform” unless his mommy is watching? Why does this strip insist on making even ordinary mundane situations uncomfortably squicky? How does Mr. “In-the-techno-club-until-closing-time” dance all night since his mom isn’t there to spectate?

    2. I’m old enough to remember when coaches actually coached and at some point would fucking BENCH a talented but inconsistent player until he got his mind right…

    Comment by Hitorque — January 26, 2017 @ 12:48 pm

  8. timbuys may be on to something here. What if Gil Thorp, like Mark Trail featuring a Fist O’ Justice in every story arc, has every story from now on come down to an impaired parent driver killing a key character? Oh, they could mix it up a bit — this time it’s opiates instead of alcohol, and perhaps she’ll swerve into oncoming traffic rather than drive with the headlights off — but we’d always know what’s coming..

    It would be something, if no matter how remote the story line — say even about rock climbing — the strip would still always come down to “Oh no! Don’t get behind the wheel!”

    And then, always following the carnage …….more little libraries.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — January 26, 2017 @ 1:10 pm

  9. Hitorque, you nailed it, Big Guy. When my nephew played HS varsity baseball, Coach Sparrow didn’t call his dad or me to see if we would make his games, especially to up his BA or his RBI’s. Either you put up the numbers or you rode the pine. That simple. As I used to tell my nephew or my players in Babe Ruth League Baseball, if you’re batting .300, they’ll find a place for you in the lineup.
    Now is there a Hot Line between Coach Thorp and Mrs. Aardvark(which might not be working if Aardvark is delivering the message to Mama Aardvark word-of-mouth)? The next time you walk by Coach T.’s office, and you see the Batphone on his desk next to his cordless, you’ll know it’s not connected to Mimi or Marty Moon or the Domino’s pizza delivery guy.
    Couldn’t you imagine this?
    Next thing you know, we’re at the edge of town, at the stately manor of millionaire Bruce Wayne,
    BEEP!!!!! BEEP!!!!! BEEP!!!!!
    “Yes, Commissioner?”
    “Batman, The Joker’s up to his diabolical tricks again. It seems he’s the starting pitcher for the Ironwood Ingots. We need you in the Championship Game for the Gotham City Yankees.”
    “Right away, Commissioner. To the Batpoles.”
    “Holy pitching rubber, when will The Joker ever learn?”
    As they slide down the Batpoles to the Batcave and later speed the Batmobile to the Gotham City Ballpark.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — January 26, 2017 @ 1:27 pm

  10. That’s some shade Aa is giving the mothership, “Coach Thorp was wondering…”

    Aa himself has long past given up wondering, has unofficially emancipated himself and frankly doesn’t give two shiites about Momsey aanymore. But he is a wee bit perplexed why Coach Thorp does…

    Hem Mom, lemme sing to you about Pressure.

    Comment by g2design — January 26, 2017 @ 2:42 pm

  11. @timbuys: Did that attorney ever get disbarred for such gross professional misconduct? I mean, getting his own client 12(?) years for driving without a license, DUI and second degree manslaughter FROM A PLEA DEAL?

    And if that wasn’t bad enough, the lawyer was acting like Bader was lucky to get that “deal”… Max should have taken his chances in court

    Comment by Hitorque — January 26, 2017 @ 3:47 pm

  12. I’m thinking Aa may have leveled with Gil about Mom, and that he and Gil are trying some kind of outreach. If Mrs Aa comes to the ballgame, that’s two more hours before she’s blotto, and since there has been no mention of her walking the parapets in the middle of the night, we can assume two fewer total hours blotto. Small steps… On the other hand, if our guesswork about Mom is right, Gil would be calling CPS instead of trying to finesse things through his distracted player.

    But I’m still not convinced Aa is listless because he’s been up all night banging Molly O’Herlihy. I still think there may be some drug use on his part as well.

    Comment by vaganova — January 26, 2017 @ 5:20 pm

  13. Did Gil really ask Rave Boy why mom isn’t coming to games? I don’t recall that conversation but this is so boring and redundant I may have missed that.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — January 26, 2017 @ 6:52 pm

  14. JT, not “on screen.” It’s backstory implied by Aa talking to Mom. That was what led me to think Aa might have told Gil his mother was in some kind of trouble with substances.

    Comment by vaganova — January 26, 2017 @ 7:10 pm

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