This Week in Milford

June 19, 2017

Detective Work?

Filed under: freak hands, Gil Thorp, Mimi Thorp — nedryerson @ 3:33 am


What does Mimi’s question in Panel 1 mean? Is she asking if Gil can hold Ryan out of a game without letting anyone know that they know what the protest was all about? Ryan knows that Thorp knows but who else will know if Ryan doesn’t make the trip to Central? Shouldn’t Gil discuss that with Ryan and his parents? Gil should swing by again so they know what the heck he is doing. Ugh, this plot.

How long is Mimi’s right arm? Is Gil a little peeved at the hand on his shoulder? (Maybe he’s confused about who this lady with the long arm and the face like a clenched fist is. Panel 2: phew, it’s Mimi with a levitating lemonade. )

Okay, Skip Farrow is a totally new name here, as far as I know. Who is he and why does Gil need him to do detective work? Is he an actual detective or just a friend of Gil’s who enjoys wearing fake moustaches, hanging around hotel lobbies and peeking in windows?

Skip Farrow is the best name for a detective since Richie Brockelman.




  1. Okay, so it ain’t Everclear in that pitcher but maybe water from the actual Fountain of Youth? Explain otherwise how Mimi goes from looking like Gil in drag to looking like a Fox News reporter in one panel.

    I don’t remember much about Richie Brockelman, Private Eye except the car because I was tooling around in a tired Mustang myself at the time. Funny how they removed the horse emblem and the make and model badges from the car, as if anyone in the viewing audience wouldn’t recognize that iconic shape.

    Comment by teenchy — June 19, 2017 @ 4:56 am

  2. 1. Nothing to see here… Just another excuse for Generalissimo Gilberto to deploy his secret police and take a giant shit on the civil liberties and privacy rights of students, athletes, student-athletes and parents in the name of the all-powerful Big Sport industry… Or as Milfordians like to call it, “Monday”…

    2. Isn’t Gilberto supposed to have at least one athlete living with him (i.e., that douchenozzle from basketball season)? Are we just supposed to forget they ever existed, or what?

    Comment by hitorque — June 19, 2017 @ 6:03 am

  3. The basketball player is living with Ken Brown and his parents. But I’m curious who this Skip Farrow is, and what’s happened to Chief LInd, who seems to have vanished.

    Comment by vaganova — June 19, 2017 @ 7:01 am

  4. Whether Van Auken is there or not, at least one his teammates is going to put two and two together when the only team Milford is playing when these “protests” occur is Central and the only Milford player with a background in Central City is Ryan. Plus, in Central, the protesters may well get bold enough to heckle him by name.

    I can confirm via Milford Mudlark Record Book.xlsx that Skip Farrow has not appeared in this strip since at least 2001, if he ever has at all. Gil should let detective Kaz handle this, after all, he did solve the cases of Gail Martin’s threaten-er (the drummer dun it!) and the Thorp house vandal (Marty De Jong?!).

    Comment by billytheskink — June 19, 2017 @ 7:38 am

  5. Thank you Billy. The name doesn’t come up searching through the blog either. There’s a search box somewhere over there —–>

    The name Skip immediately calls to mind Bobby Bittman’s younger brother, Skip Bittman.

    Comment by nedryerson — June 19, 2017 @ 8:00 am

  6. Nice Richie Brockelman reference. It was an ill-fated “Rockford Files” spinoff that lacked the rich cast of supporting and recurring characters that made Rockford so great. I had forgotten about Richie’s beat-up car.

    Comment by J.D. Springer — June 19, 2017 @ 8:09 am

  7. Skip Bittman references are always welcome. His debut on the Sammy Maudlin show remains one of the ten funniest things I have ever seen.

    “You know Sammy, I love being the brother of funnyman Bobby Bittman because as George C. Scott said to me this morning, ‘Rommel! Rommel! Ro…Rommel!’ aw geez I had it this morning… ‘Ro…Rommel, you magnificent basrrrd…’ *cough* *cough* ‘Rom…’ *cough* George C. Scott, what’s with thi…? I don’t get nothing back from this audience!”

    Comment by billytheskink — June 19, 2017 @ 10:39 am

  8. In P3, is it me or is that the “Peter Gunn Theme” playing in the backyard?

    “Rat, Coach Torp, I weel check four fingerpreents on zee wea-PONE in zee cram lab and determine a poss-ee-ble motif. Zen I weel call later wiz zee res-OLTS.”
    “That’s THORP, Inspector Clouseau, and, c’mon, he just shoved a girl unintentionally. This isn’t ‘In Cold Blood.’ He’s not a serial killer.”
    “Mees-ter Coach Torp, I hef bean in zees busyness a long tam and it’s bean my expeer-ee-ence that one duz not overlook a seen-gle de-TAIL. Four all wee know, zee Volcano could bee stra-KING wiz zee Uzi at zee Meel-fourd Post Off-EES, even as wee speak. Tam eez if zee ess-AHNCE.”
    “THAT’S THORP!!!!!!! If you can’t pronounce my name correctly, I’m gonna call Maxwell Smart. And Ryan wouldn’t touch a water pistol.”
    “Mees-ter Coach Torp, my feez, don’t you for-GATE, are teen tams more reez-un-ABULL zen zat crockpot, Mees-ter Smart. Hee charges lezz zan Encyclopedia Brown. I am meer-lee exploring all zee angles. Eet ees how I found zee Arma-DEELO a home, n’est pas?”
    “THAT’S AARDVARK!!!!!!!! Oh, brother, I think I’ll call Tod Andrews and hit Oakwood Bar & Grill.”
    “Au revoir, Coach Torp. I weel hef zee Volcano’s DNA ree-ZOLTS lat-ERR.”

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — June 19, 2017 @ 11:02 am

  9. Don’t mean to be a broken record, but teenchy has become my hero for pointing out Adblock Plus. A kind of roach motel for unsolicited ads…

    Comment by vaganova — June 19, 2017 @ 12:29 pm

  10. I’m waiting for the day when Gil coaches from a wheel chair for “RESPECT!” a la Guy Cabellero. Then I will understand why the band Fang wrote the song, “Destroy the Handicapped.”

    Comment by Jive Turkey — June 19, 2017 @ 4:17 pm

  11. Wow, I somehow missed on Richie Brockelman, Private Eye — but a few things caught my eye on that opening:

    1) My goodness, that must be the shortest private eye since Encyclopedia Brown. If he’s old enough to flip a Mustang he should be taller by now. At least Encylopedia Brown had the excuse of being pre-pubescent.

    2) Also starring Barbara Bosson, who many of you might remember as Fay, Capt. Frank Furillo’s goofy ex-wife on Hill Street Blues.

    3) How could this show not have been a monumental hit, when it was an early-career teaming for two producers who both ended up huge on TV: Steven Bochco (Hill Street Blues, LA Law, NYPD Blue, Cop Rock) and Stephen J. Cannell (The Rockford Files, The A-Team, The Greatest American Hero, 21 Jump Street, and The Commish.)

    4) What’s the tie between Bosson and Bochco? They married in 1970 and lasted 27 years, not bad for Hollywood, divorcing in 1997.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — June 19, 2017 @ 6:19 pm

  12. teenchy, you too hard on yourself, man. I liked the culinary observation. Okay, maybe she didn’t dye the Grape Kool-Aid blue but anybody who lets one of her players walk out on practice, especially as a pretext to spew venom on an unsuspecting victim and at least when a rattlesnake will give fair warning…

    Ned, I agree, Mimi was either born with a Slinky in her humerus that is borderline in violation of Hooke’s Law or Thing T. Thing is taking his part of his annual 2-week vacation at the Thorps. I don’t know if Thing will confer with Lurch later on(hey, 2 heads-or should I say hands?-are better than 1) about Ryan but Thing is willing to give it the ol’ College try. They’re all in this together. That’s what family does.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — June 19, 2017 @ 7:48 pm

  13. And once again, a little family time at the Thorp household and no kids in sight. The more I don’t see those kids, the more I think they were just a plot device a la the kids in “Everybody Loves Raymond” who looked nothing like their parents and only appeared when needed to set up a one-liner.

    How old would the Thorp kids be by now, since we haven’t seen them in what seems like years? High school age? College?

    Comment by J.D. Springer — June 20, 2017 @ 7:26 am

  14. […] the mystery of Skip Farrow wrapped up pretty quickly. Speaking of, Skip sure does have an interesting take on the situation. […]

    Pingback by Good News Is Trouble-Free | This Week in Milford — June 20, 2017 @ 8:25 am

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