This Week in Milford

June 22, 2017

Gil Gets His Dig(g)s In


One of our Central City protestors (the Tommie Smith/John Carlos descendant) gets a name and becomes as central to the plot as any Milford girl.  The “other item” Gil was shaking Skip down for must have been her name and digits. I leave it to the readership to discuss the propriety of what Skip and Gil have done. Suffice it to say it doesn’t leave a very good taste in my mouth.

I’m assuming Gil’s convo with, I’m assuming, Ryan will pick up tomorrow with, I’m assuming, what Gil said to Ms. Diggs after appreciating her “taking a stand” that wasn’t written here.  Odds are it will involve some gentle variation on “keep your ****in’ mouth shut.”  I’ll be surprised if her response isn’t some variation on the “HA” behind her head.

From the Pantheon of Mysterious Objects Dept.: Diagonally striped thing above and to the right of the GIL mug (or is it below and to the right? I can’t tell); backdrop of P3 (they’re standing outdoors, presumably; is it a huge backstop, more Prairie Style Windows, or what?).



  1. Awww, just look at how Gil has melted Carla’s heart with his phoney-baloney appreciation. I bet this is the last we ever see of her. Just another female prop in a boy-driven plot.

    Comment by John S. Walters — June 22, 2017 @ 8:01 am

  2. I wish I could think of something more mysterious, but the object in Panel 1 is a desk lamp, seen from the top.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — June 22, 2017 @ 8:54 am

  3. I’m going with a bar of Nazi gold for the mystery item in P1

    Comment by Ol'Froth — June 22, 2017 @ 10:02 am

  4. How is Gil calling up a student he does not teach, coach, or know at all on her personal telephone appropriate behavior in any way? You want to set this up through Skip or the Central High administration, that is fine, but calling Carla on her personal phone is crossing the line. Its amazing she even answered an unrecognized number, panel 2.5 is surely her asking “how did you get this number?” with a disturbed edge.

    My suspicion on the object in panel 1 is that it is a metal placard that says “Coach Thorp” on the front of it.
    Panel 3 is probably a backstop behind white field that was supposed to be colored green.

    Comment by billytheskink — June 22, 2017 @ 11:34 am

  5. I think Moon is right on the desk lamp. It appears Gil hit his head on it reaching for Hal McCrae’s bottle of whiskey since he’s rubbing his forehead. Why did Gil identify himself? Gil’s number is automatically loaded in everyone’s contact within a 60 mile radius. Which is more reason not to answer her phone.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — June 22, 2017 @ 12:29 pm

  6. We’re all chickening away from the obvious question of WTF Gil has in mind in calling a teenager in a different school district. Does he think she will call off the dogs, or coordinate her efforts with him, or that having told Ryan what he did, he will inspire Ryan to take some unknown step? Or is he lining up against a player whose sincerity he has thus far accepted? I’m guessing here…

    Comment by vaganova — June 22, 2017 @ 1:24 pm

  7. P3: Gil shrinks to the size of a 13 year old…WTF

    Comment by Knoxy — June 22, 2017 @ 3:32 pm

  8. This is getting ridiculous, even by Thorpiverse standards. No coach that I am running through my mind right now even as I text has EVER called a student from a rival school to get him or her to stop heckling at a ball game. You either learn to tune it out which is what good athletes and coaches do or, if the heckling is done in bad taste, you go to the other coach or, probably better, have your athletic director talk to their athletic director to try to resolve the situation. It’s called procedures, Milford. Calling a student at a rival school while she is heading to Chemistry class or French, Honors Program, or English 303 to work out a detente is about as preposterous as purple cows. Calling their coach to set up this arrangement is just as absurd. Oh, sure, stop her just as she is entering the chemlab, get the particulars, then report back to Coach T. so he can get the ball rolling on putting the brakes on the Mudkarks’ losing streak and still save face for one of his players. Coach Skip always had that reputation of aiding and abetting in the cause of his opposing coach, then watching that same coach turn on him by routing Skip’s butt on the ball diamond because of Skip’s largesse. That’s the book on Skip.
    We now return to our regular program, already in progress(…”Oh, Gilligan, you were supposed to set those poles 3 feet in the ground, NOT 4!!!!!!”).

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — June 23, 2017 @ 8:50 am

  9. No-one noticed the HA above her head in P2. That’s totally what she’s thinking: “Ha, yeah right I’ll listen to your nonsense.”

    Comment by Richard A. — June 23, 2017 @ 12:59 pm

  10. @Richard A.: Read the last sentence of paragraph 2. Thanks.

    Comment by teenchy — June 23, 2017 @ 6:49 pm

  11. At least the strip’s Hall of Fame streak of each seasonal plot sucking harder than the last one is officially confirmed today

    Comment by Hitorque — June 23, 2017 @ 8:50 pm

  12. Teenchy: oops, missed it! I even went back and re-read it to make sure I didn’t miss it, yet I still did!

    Comment by Richard A. — June 24, 2017 @ 11:22 am

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