This Week in Milford

April 1, 2017

I’m shocked – SHOCKED! – that this story is ending!


As another rando Mudlark continues to double fist pump for heaven knows what reason, exit stage right Quadruple AAAA and Big Ken Brown in best Rick Blaine and Captain Renault fashion. (This twin figures walking away into the shadows to end an arc thing is becoming a Whigham hallmark.)  All that’s missing is Tina Aagard boarding a plane with letters of transit to… a rehab clinic?

Here’s where I profess total ignorance. Is it typical for single parent addicts to be sent directly into residential rehab programs and give up custody of their children during that time, do not pass go, do not collect $200?  Is it typical for single parent addicts being sent directly into rehab under such circumstances to not even say goodbye to said children?  I’ll give Rubin a smidgen of credit for attempting to address some troubling phenomena facing the US today: the interplay between the spread of opioid addiction and the decline of the white working and middle class.

I will also profess total ignorance of this plot twist when I made my Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner reference a couple of weeks ago. I chose that reference thinking that Gil would use his animal charm to coerce Aaron’s teammates’ families to invite Aaron over for a series of meals. I did not factor race into the equation and, until reading yesterday’s post, didn’t really factor it into this arc at all.  Given that Hiatt-Brown household has been portrayed as one of the more successful ones in the Thorpiverse over the past few arcs, I did wonder whether Ken’s snoopiness about Aaron’s home life was going to lead into a subplot that gave him feet of clay.  Any thoughts of that have been erased now that Aaron will be getting a taste of Ken’s dad’s home cooking while giving the Hiatt-Browns an intro to the joys of EDM.

Baseball on Monday, then?  I wonder what usual suspects Rubin will round up for the team this season.


  1. Half of the Milford basketball team are Tusken Raiders, I guess. Without Bobby Howry managing equipment, their gaffi sticks got left behind.

    Comment by billytheskink — April 1, 2017 @ 4:26 pm

  2. 6’8″ teenager who has been struggling with food insecurity and he’s a picky eater? Sure, throw another stick on the bonfire of this plot.

    Comment by timbuys — April 1, 2017 @ 4:41 pm

  3. Picky eater? Aaaaron is on the seefood diet,
    My guess was always that Rubin would lazy out on the details with : Here comes the Judge
    on the assumption that a judge can do more or less anything
    Which is not entirely wrong

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — April 1, 2017 @ 4:55 pm

  4. High school athlete goes from not speaking to his teammate to moving in with him and his family within a week’s time??? Yeah, sounds like a plan, let’s not blame the druggie mom at all, or any other so-called responsible adults in Milford. Good times!

    Comment by Gil's Barber — April 1, 2017 @ 8:17 pm

  5. Do we really know if mom showed up at the game. 4A doesn’t seem to interested in saying thanks to his mom for showing up.

    Comment by Rex Kwon Do — April 3, 2017 @ 9:50 am

  6. So there’s no discussion whatsoever about what kinds of contributions Aaron is putting towards his new living arrangement? No offer to do household chores? No mention of getting a job?? He’s just a greedy freeloading lazy mooch motherfucker…

    And the swiftness that he abandoned his mother in her fight against a personal demon is pretty damned depressing…

    Comment by Hitorque — April 3, 2017 @ 9:55 am

  7. Late to weigh in here, but can’t resist.

    Good grief, what an awful ending. We just pull Ken’s parents out of a goddamn hat and shuffle Aaaaron off to their house, without any foreshadowing whatsoever? (And, as others have pointed out, Ken and Aa are suddenly good friends with their deep-seated grudge dissipated by a single, meaningless* buzzer-beater?)

    **”Meaningless” because Mfnfrd missed the playdowns anyway.)

    I mean, if Gil is going to resort to this kind of half-assed social engineering, why not have Aaaaron move in with Boo Radley’s parents? Hell, he’s a hyperactive nonconformist blond with a funny haircut — he’d fit right in! If Ma and Pa Radley squinted their eyes real tight, they might even think their beloved daughter had returned from the dead.

    But then I’m probably giving Gil too much credit. He simply fobbed off this responsibility on the nearest available person, which was Ken Brown. If he wanted to get the Radleys involved, he would have had to look up their phone number and everything.

    BTW, does Mike Granger get a pass too? Is he reconciled with Aaaaron by the Transitive Property of Relationship Healing?

    Comment by John S. Walters — April 5, 2017 @ 9:10 pm

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