This Week in Milford

March 1, 2017

Drugs: The Cause Of And Solution To All Of Life’s Problems

Filed under: Gil Thorp, Prairie Style Windows, What the hell is going on here? — timbuys @ 11:59 am


Most interesting thing about today’s strip? Y’all probably wouldn’t notice it, but the strip itself is not square. I only know this because of the way I capture the strips… I had to allow extra white space when I cropped it.

But seriously, though, I guess I should celebrate that we’re ever so slightly closer to understanding just what the hell is going on here.

Hat tip to the inspiration for today’s post:



  1. Here’s my guess. AAAAAARDVARK is suffering from ADD and because his mother has such a shitty job she can’t afford medication accept on pay days.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — March 1, 2017 @ 12:15 pm

  2. Yeah – seems that way, but I really hope not. I’m certainly no doctor, and have no real-world experience to share, it’s just there’s exactly zero chance Whigrub will handle this very real pediatric medical issue with the tact and clear-eyed approach it deserves. Maybe the only thing worse would be a diagnosis of depression.

    For all the time we’ve spent on this so-called “mystery”, all this uninteresting buildup; to make it all better with a pill… really? Is the “twist” a drug but not that kind of drug? Really? Color me impressed.

    Comment by g2design — March 1, 2017 @ 12:43 pm

  3. “Aaron, things aren’t all right, and you aren’t on drugs. So what’s the problem? Why aren’t you on drugs yet? Because I can get you some drugs. And Coach Kaz, well, you better believe he can get you some drugs.”

    Comment by drewfunk — March 1, 2017 @ 12:51 pm

  4. Bobby Howry would have been relevant to this plot but was not a part of it. I’m not sure if I view that positively or negatively…

    Comment by billytheskink — March 1, 2017 @ 2:09 pm

  5. Does Aaaaron literally shrink when he’s off the meds? In panel 2, Gil is looming over him like Schwarzenegger next to DeVito.

    Comment by John S. Walters — March 1, 2017 @ 2:20 pm

  6. So Aaron Aagard can’t afford his Aadderall …

    Comment by Philip — March 1, 2017 @ 3:06 pm

  7. While Bill Gannon went off to the McDonald’s Drive-Thru to get Happy Meals for everybody, Friday is still grilling our hapless suspect, now caught in the act. I like the county jail facade in P1. It’s certainly creating atmosphere for this plot currently on life support. And Gil couldn’t have matched Joe Friday’s wardrobe any better than P2, even stealing a bit of his script. The only thing missing today in this strip is at the end when that nameless P. A. announcer evenly says “On March 1st, trial was held in the Milford Courthouse for Aaron Aardvark. In a moment, the results of that trial” and after a couple of Biz and Fanta commercials we return to the verdict when that same announcer says “Aaron Aardvark was charged with 2 counts of perjury and 3 counts of curfew violations, punishable by 2-5 weeks in detention or 1-3 weeks in study hall or both, according to the Milford City Code 119 Section 2a dealing with wayward juvenile delinquents”. As Aardvark is sitting there uncomfortably with a blank wall behind him(darn, where’s that crooked window streak when you need it) while our announcer is pouring out the details, the screen drably discloses after the announcer cuts out with Gannon “Aardvark is now serving 3 weeks detention in Coach Shaw’s rabbit hole, eligible for parole in 2 weeks.”

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — March 1, 2017 @ 3:17 pm

  8. I mean, Gil is wearing those parachute pants Friday used to wear when Friday was chopping up a suspect so that the suspect would FINALLY confess. Gil’s goin’ for the throat on this one.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — March 1, 2017 @ 3:24 pm

  9. Mrs Aa is the hop-head, which is why she lost her actuarial job and is falsifying tax records for McHoohah’s Hardware. Because of her drug habit, there isn’t enough money for food, and Aa gets run down between paydays, explaining his apple scam. On paydays, he can run from the whole effing mess and rave in Central City with Molly from Tilden. Sorry set of plot parameters, I know, but this is Mfnrd. Look for Gilberto to get Maama into “treatment.”

    Comment by vaganova's chiropractor — March 1, 2017 @ 4:57 pm

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