This Week in Milford

March 18, 2017

In Like a (Home)wrecking Ball

Filed under: Chunky Bracelets, Gil Thorp, hideous scar faces, Just plain sad — teenchy @ 11:09 am


Yesterday we finally found out what Gil’s been feeding Aaron – Purina Rat Chow. Today Gildeaux, the one-man crisis intervention squad, keeps moving the chains forward.* But to get to the goal of a healthy life for young Aaron, he seems determined to drive through the red zone of breaking up the Aagard nuclear family.

What next then for Aaron? Does he become the Thorps’ replacement child? Does Gil have a seven-day plan for him? Does this arc drag out into baseball season? Let’s hope not!

Show of hands: How many of you looked at P2 – especially the B&W version – and thought Tina Aagard was looking through her glasses through her hair a la Cousin Itt? Thought so.

*Yeah, I know football metaphor, so sue me.


  1. Way to go Aaaaron kick your mother in the gut when she’s down. For someone who didn’t want to rat her out your doing a great job of it.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — March 18, 2017 @ 11:16 am

  2. I don’t know, Bobby. If this were going on in the real world … and it probably is, somewhere this second … I’d say Aaron decided that, once a third party found out about his mom, may as well get it over with.

    Comment by Philip — March 18, 2017 @ 12:01 pm

  3. The fundamental conceit of this strip is that Gil Thorp is a fine upstanding human being who can do no wrong. If you accept that assumption, then Gil can drive a truck through common sense and ethical standards and privacy statutes and even the goddamn law if he feels like it, and it’s all good because Gil Can Do No Wrong.

    If you make this guy a generic high school sports coach, this whole storyline takes on a completely different cast.

    Comment by John S. Walters — March 18, 2017 @ 12:30 pm

  4. I thought ABC ended the After School Special franchise in 1997…

    Comment by jackson008 — March 18, 2017 @ 12:54 pm

  5. As usual, Gil’s talkin’ out his dimple.

    Comment by nedryerson — March 18, 2017 @ 1:40 pm

  6. After Gil leaves, a despondent Tina needs respite from the pain — and swallows the entire handful of pills that Aaaron found. Aaron goes off to another all-night rave thinking Mom is just taking a little nap. When he gets home — tragedy — and soon people are building a Little Library on their apartment building front lawn.

    Can you imagine in a real-world school system what would happen to Gil if this scenario actually happened? “You didn’t seek out any official help, didn’t employ any trained substance-abuse professional for advice, but instead became a bull in a china shop, rampaging into a student’s private home and carelessly ‘intervening’ in a serious medical problem, telling this woman she was a bad mother? What in the hell were you thinking?”

    (Gavel pounding) “We, the jury, find Mr. Thorp 100% responsible for Ms. Aagard’s untimely death, and find judgment against Mr. Thorp and the Milford High School District for the sum of fifteen million dollars, to be paid to her sole descendant, Aaron.”

    Aaron decides to take his money, quit high school, and buys a warehouse in which he remodels into an artists’ palace and rave site, “Molly’s Place”.

    Too macabre?

    Comment by Moon Mullins — March 18, 2017 @ 1:43 pm

  7. Aaron seems pretty real here. He’s lived this nightmare for years, and now he’s out to just bloody end it.
    If he turns on Gil tomorrow, not a big surprise either.
    Only complaint is they should have got here by Groundhog Day.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — March 18, 2017 @ 8:19 pm

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