This Week in Milford

March 6, 2017

Something Happened

Filed under: Exploding Eyeball Syndrome, Gil Thorp — nedryerson @ 4:19 am


Now that we’re here at this pivotal juncture, it looks like we really have to linger on this interaction. Alright, the Monday morning reset dictates that we reiterate a bit, which accounts for half of the strip. So we can keep gnawing on this bone a bit more. Gil does have a duty to Aaron, now that he finally put on a blazer, paid attention and started to care in the morally upright, Gil Thorp way.

Of course Aaron doesn’t want to face this problem head on. He’s developed a coping strategy that he thinks will get him by. This is a bad situation for a kid. There’s no two ways about it. I don’t think Gil has a choice here, so Aaron’s eyeballs will probably be exploding for several days to come.




  1. Now THIS is why I turn to the comics page: for hard hitting discussion of mandated reporter requirements.

    Comment by FL — March 6, 2017 @ 6:19 am

  2. Uhh, Aaaaron? Hate to say it, but you ALREADY ratted out your mom.

    Comment by John S. Walters — March 6, 2017 @ 6:35 am

  3. 1. You already ratted out your moms, kid… A bit too late to be standing on principle now…

    2. I’m still anxious to know why Aaron is starving when he has money for a girlfriend, a car, and clubbing until dawn every weekend…

    Comment by Hitorque — March 6, 2017 @ 7:12 am

  4. Aaron is banking on Gil being too lazy to tell anyone but Mimi about all this. It’s probably a good bet.

    Comment by billytheskink — March 6, 2017 @ 8:19 am

  5. None of us knows what’s going on in Aa’s head here, but on my home planet, “ratting out” suggests “police.” Gil had better explain that they won’t be involved unless they come across this case on their own. In every jurisdiction I know of, Social Services has the same professional confidentiality as a physician or a clergyman. Otherwise, it’s unlikely anyone would seek their help.

    Comment by vaganova's chiropractor — March 6, 2017 @ 11:16 am

  6. This talk has lasted 6 days. Havent seen Gil even offer Aa a donut. I’d be hungry too after that long.

    Comment by robmize2013 — March 6, 2017 @ 11:32 am

  7. Good point, robmize.

    Comment by vaganova's chiropractor — March 6, 2017 @ 11:40 am

  8. I don’t see Gil ratting out himself about his rotgut problem. And he’s supposed help out Aa and his mom.?! Gil is such a phony! Where’s your kids?

    Comment by Jive Turkey — March 6, 2017 @ 11:41 am

  9. FL appears to have heard more than he ever wanted to know about mandated reporters and the like, and perhaps others have as well. If so, I apologize to my fellow Mudlarks for going into excessive detail. I simply thought that for people not involved with schools, events appeared inexplicable and that I could shed light on what was going on. More than I could do with last year’s “reality show” plot!

    Comment by vaganova's chiropractor — March 6, 2017 @ 12:10 pm

  10. Nah, vaganova, we appreciate your backfilling as much as we disdain Rubin’s dillydallying.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — March 6, 2017 @ 1:04 pm

  11. +1 @downpuppy This kind of chatter in the comments (call it the TWIM chautaqua) is what keeps me coming back to the blog.

    Comment by timbuys — March 6, 2017 @ 1:15 pm

  12. I like the photos on the wall in P1. I must’ve missed them the first time. Now, what the hell is in those photos? The one on the bottom left looks like a Rock em’ Sock em’ robot. But why would Gil have a photo of that ? Gil is one strange bird!

    Comment by Jive Turkey — March 6, 2017 @ 1:17 pm

  13. Jive Turkey, the lower of the three photos appears to depict a hockey goalie, the others might be by Pollock on a bad day.

    I do appreciate the support and will try not to imitate an old bore of whom my father said “You ask him what time it is and he tells you how to make a watch.”

    In a way I feel I am in a minority here. Usually I am one of the first to cheap-shot an illogical or unrealistic development (my reactions to that reality show plot came to resemble those of the great Sid Fields in Abbot and Costello’s “Niagara Falls.”) But here, because of my background in schools, everything about this plot is making perfect sense to me except for its geological pace. I’m not sure if that’s good…

    Comment by vaganova's chiropractor — March 6, 2017 @ 1:27 pm

  14. The photos look a bit like Persistence of Spinach. It’s needed a home since A3G closed

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — March 6, 2017 @ 1:37 pm

  15. Another good possibility, Downpuppy. I looked at the photos again and thought for a second that the round shapes might be faces, as in team photos, then said “naaah…”

    Comment by vaganova's chiropractor — March 6, 2017 @ 2:31 pm

  16. 1. If Gil does not refer this to Social Services, it’s probably a fireable offense. How much leeway do schools have with their free lunch programs in the meantime?

    2. “I can’t do Kill The Noise without Molly.” My guess is that Molly is paying for everything. She can probably afford it; those Richie-riches at Tilden do so enjoy helping out the poor strivers in downmarket Milford. (I don’t know that any actual Valley Conference stereotypes exist in this strip, but they should. Starting with blue-blooded Tildenites.)

    3. The pictures on the wall were done by Gil’s kids. They hold some sort of sentimental value to him that he can’t quite place, ever since the Men In Black came and told him that he actually never had kids after his mind-wiping.

    Comment by drewfunk — March 6, 2017 @ 2:32 pm

  17. Subsidized and free lunches run on a combination of state and federal funds, and the requirements can vary by state, but the sticking point here is that the family has to apply. Seems unlikely Mrs Aa would do so. drewfunk is right that Gil pretty much has to refer this, unless Mfnrd is in a state which does not require him to do so. But the moral obligation is clear.

    And FINALLY we have a credible explanation for why the Thorp kids have vanished. Have to ask billy for a ruling: did the kids first appear on Jack Berrill’s watch, or Jerry Jenkins’s? If the latter, a mind-wipe (on us as well) may be the best solution.

    Comment by vaganova's chiropractor — March 6, 2017 @ 2:49 pm

  18. vocational guidance counselor
    Vocational Guidance Counselor

    “Coach, I am not going to spill the beans on my mother. I love her so much that I don’t want her to be the woman caught in the act of adultery, therefore I will spare her the stoning.”
    “Aardvark, your mother is in grave danger. Having affairs with Hef in the back room of McShane’s Hardware is bound to leak out, sooner or later.”
    “NO NO, that’s it, I’ve made up my mind. I wasn’t cut out for basketball anyway”
    Gil, goggle-eyed, “What do you mean? You’re the best player on the team. And you don’t sport a serape like Funchess. Do you realize how much embroidery goes into covering his derrière? Let me count the ways.”
    “Coach, let me cut through the Betsy Ross flag Funchess wears and get to the point. I want to get into LION TAMING!!!!!!!!!!”
    Gil’s mind is crushed to the Spinach-laden pictures on the wall, “You’re kidding me.”
    “NO NO, ever since my mom had enough money to OD on Lifesavers, I have always wanted get into the cages with my whip and chair so that I can get those armor-plated creatures to do somersaults, pas de deux’s, cartwheels, pirouettes, not to mention jump through fire hoops and play dead. It ought to be easy, I’ve seen those critters out in Texas while on my way to a KTN concert in Lubbock.”
    Gil, rolls his eyes, “Big Guy, you got everything confused. You just described an Aardvark, oops, I mean, armadillo, sorry, too many a’s. A lion is something Mrs. Aardvark shouldn’t have in her office if she brought in a T-bone combo from Outback Steakhouse for lunch. There’d be nothing left of her or the steak. McShane’s would have a lot of explaining to do not to mention having to use their own Econo-vacs and a few brooms and dustpans to clean up the mess. You see a lion is HUGE with claws and fangs and(Gil grabbing a Spinach-design Neiman Olympic painting) ROOOAAARRRRSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
    Aardvark, severely startled, jumps through the window, thereby permanently destroying that cosine wave that graces all the windows. But aside from a few cuts and bruises, Gil drives home his point.

    Ned, my inner Monty Python was kicking in again.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — March 6, 2017 @ 8:56 pm

  19. You guys are all lighting it up today! Not bad for a MON-day.

    The thing about the kids that’s weird to me is that one of the first plots I ever read of Gil Thorp, right here on the pages of TWIM and snarked memorably by Jason was a summer plot where the Thorp’s daughter is on the gymnastics team with the girl with a scar on her face. Keri Thorp. Rubin was on board at that point and wrote her into a plot, so the banishment is that much more jarring. But, there’s obviously no room for the Thorps to have kids the way these plots have been spread out.

    Maybe this summer, Ken and Mike will go try and get the drop on an oxy ring. They got a lead from some kid at the SpeedCo.

    Comment by nedryerson — March 6, 2017 @ 9:32 pm

  20. And after a week talking to Aardark, Gil sends him off without even a sandwich.
    What. A. Dick.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — March 7, 2017 @ 7:41 am

  21. Both Thorp kids were born during the latter part of Jack Berrill’s tenure, Keri in 1988 and Jami in 1991.

    Comment by billytheskink — March 7, 2017 @ 8:51 am

  22. You come through again, billytheskink, My Man. I figured it had to have been somewhere in Berrill’s career which ended in ’96, due to his battle with cancer. I remember how Coach Thorp and Mimi had a platonic relationship up until the mid ’80’s(1985-86, i’m believin’) when Gil got wind that Mimi MIGHT be dating somebody and Gil was CRUSHED. He looked like Aardvark coaching the team, he was so listless and gloomy. He’d go home(alone, of course) practically crying in his beer. Tod Andrews and Roy Gillen had to pick up the slack. Finally, Coach Andrews, having enough after seeing Gillen’s old knee injury flare up due to overwork, gave Gil a kick in the pants(yes, GT fans, try not to panic) and told him either coach the team or go the way of Mrs. Aardvark. Well, I think people can guess his next chess move AND he found out, glory be, Mimi’s relationship with another male was, as the script preordained itself, a misunderstanding. As sure as Oakwood is Milford’s rival, Gil proposed(…”I have loved you, Gil, for a very long time”, remembering that like it was yesterday-ha) and the kids came shortly, as I recall, thereafter, I just didn’t remember when. Thanks for the info.
    BTW, I would laugh if Gil had said “Well, now, I’m not even interested. You made your own bed, Mimi. I’ll see if Peaches is still interested.” The course of history might not have flowed to the ocean but taken a detour to some underground cavern in a Jules Verne novel.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — March 7, 2017 @ 9:44 am

  23. When Gil and Mimi married, our local paper ran a wedding announcement with picture of “Miss Clover” from the strip. Middle-late eighties, as T Drew explained. The announcement in our paper remarked that “Mr Thorp, despite having coached at Milford since 1958, is still only 35.”

    Comment by vaganova's chiropractor — March 7, 2017 @ 11:42 am

  24. For reference, Gil and Mimi’s wedding date was July 10, 1985. I’m rather sorry I missed the announcement in the newspaper.

    I have some data fished off of a long-dead Gil Thorp fan site that lists Keri’s birthday as July 1 and Jami’s as August 11, but the strips that appeared on those days do not involve the birth of either Thorp kid, both first appear in the weeks following these stated birthdays.

    Comment by billytheskink — March 7, 2017 @ 12:50 pm

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