This Week in Milford

March 21, 2017

So, Gil’s Office Door Opens Right Into The Locker Room?


I am amazed, again, at how much this whole thing is just Gil winging it and largely deferring to AaAa’s whims.

Panel three raises all kinds of questions as Mike’s hangdog expression and Ken’s exploding eyeball suggests that they still feel like they should be solving the case of the kid who’s parents do drugs (and/or live in Norway).



  1. Watch me ignore this dumpster fire. The 1st narration panel would make a great Wheel of Fortune puzzle. ” An ‘A’. ” is eight dings; follow with ” Any Rs? ” – and you could solve it from there.

    Comment by g2design — March 21, 2017 @ 7:35 am

  2. Jesus Christ Aaron is a whiny emo bitch…

    Maybe he needs to quit the team to sort his personal life out?

    Comment by Hitorque — March 21, 2017 @ 8:56 am

  3. @Hitorque I’m all for that. Back in my day, before fire was discovered, the coach would have made that decision for him. No room for drama queens on a team.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — March 21, 2017 @ 9:03 am

  4. “Hey Aaron, I need to talk to you about those extremely personal matters. We can do it in the coach’s office in the locker room, where all of your teammates who you’ve repeatedly complained about snooping into your affairs can listen in. I have exactly zero ideas outside of asking about your father’s whereabouts, which will surely not be any kind of trigger, and I’ll probably suggest putting you in a foster home. I’m sure you’ll take it in stride.”

    This whole storyline has been an exercise in “How not to handle a substance abuse problem for a family.”

    Comment by drewfunk — March 21, 2017 @ 9:06 am

  5. To answer the question posed by the post title, at my high school the locker rooms had an office adjoining them, which was a generic “coach’s office” used by whatever coach was using the locker room at that time. I assumed something like that was where this was taking place, as opposed to Gil’s personal office.

    Comment by drewfunk — March 21, 2017 @ 9:10 am

  6. Thanks, Drewfunk. I could not recall what was the case at my high school as that is one of those ‘memory of men runneth not to the contrary’ deals. Regardless, I love the stenciled ‘coach’ at the bottom of the window…

    Comment by timbuys — March 21, 2017 @ 9:53 am

  7. Gee, I thought Mom was in rehab. So she’s at home, redirecting her anxiety and stress into “smothering” Aaaaron? Which step is that in the ten-step program?

    Comment by John S. Walters — March 21, 2017 @ 9:58 am

  8. Whether he’s juggling apples or whining to the coach about mommy, they just can’t be mad at him!

    Comment by Jive Turkey — March 21, 2017 @ 10:52 am

  9. Despite the troublesome details others have pointed out, this story really is a good example of the teaching/coaching maxim that the kids who are the biggest pains in the ass are the ones who need you the most. I’ve seen it over and over.

    Comment by vaganova's pointe shoe fitter — March 21, 2017 @ 11:11 am

  10. John S. @7: Maybe she said no, no, no.

    Comment by teenchy — March 21, 2017 @ 2:47 pm

  11. I agree with teenchy: Aa did say “We still haven’t solved anything.” As I remember, Gil and Aa identified some treatment programs, but no one said she had agreed to one. I know that others are impatient with Aa, and I can see why. But he’s not an adult or even a college player– he’s a junior in high school, sixteen or seventeen, and is lashing out at Gil and his teammates in reaction to being overwhelmed.

    Comment by vaganova's pointe shoe fitter — March 21, 2017 @ 3:29 pm

  12. Aardvark’s “I am not a crook” approach is hitting a brick wall with Father Flanigan in P1, unable to convince the latter that he is not a bad boy. And really, there probably is no such thing as a bad boy. They just need to make curfew when the KTN Circus comes to town.
    drewfunk, your point’s well-taken and we had a similar set-up at our high school. That said, I like timbuys title since it(to me anyway) reflects the Let’s Make a Deal design to Gil’s office. If Aardvark chooses Door #1, it very well could open into the locker room but sometimes that same door could be Door #2, if there isn’t always another door available in the office, in which case could, when opened, lead to The Center Of The Earth where Aardvark could get swept up with Otto Lidenbrock and Arne Saknussemm who eventually find Isola Stromboli on the other side. Maybe Door #3 would lead into the school(i. e., hallway, cafeteria, physics lab, etc.) but anyway, the only thing missing besides the Girls Basketball team would be Carol Merrill(Vanna White of LMAD) to display the doors. I’m sure Gil and Monty Hall can track her down.

    BTW, the comments were funny today but g2 THAT was good, speaking of Wheel of Fortune.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — March 21, 2017 @ 8:13 pm

  13. “Coach!!!!!!! I don’t care what you say, you can take this team and SHOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!! ”
    Aardvark opens the door, walks into darkness.
    “Hey, where’s The Hardy Boys? They were here a minute ago.”
    Music from Rick Wakeman gently wafts from Gil’s transistor radio that he’s had since the inception of the strip
    “…In Iceland, where the mountain stood with pride
    He set off with his guide
    To reach the mountain side…

    …Roped as one for safety through the long descent
    Into the crater of volcanic rock he went…

    …He’s contemplating what his life’s been worth
    While trapped beneath the earth…”

    Gil: “Damn, I forgot to tell Aardvark the tunnel lighting blew a fuse. I got a flashlight in my desk somewhere, probably under the baseball physicals.”

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — March 21, 2017 @ 11:17 pm

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