This Week in Milford

July 3, 2017

Pretending To Be Interested

Filed under: Just plain sad — nedryerson @ 5:15 am


So, Gary, Carrie, Jimmy and Dafne were at Jimmy’s and Carrie put a move on Gary which Gary rebuffed. Carrie, upset by the abrupt rejection, ran off in tears. Jimmy then puts a move on Dafne, but Dafne’s having none of it because her concern is with her “bestie”, Carrie. Then Jimmy comes clean with Dafne about Gary’s feigned interest in Carrie in support of Jimmy’s interest in Dafne.

Will Dafne level with Jimmy that she had no interest in Jimmy and was only hanging around because Carrie’s been crushing on Gary since the early days of this horrible plot? Will Jimmy then cry and run away (even though it’s his house) leaving Dafne and Gary to drink the rest of the Cokes? Maybe Dafne and Jimmy can just have a laugh about the awkward situation created by this sixth grade relationship fumbling. Somebody should get a laugh.

Haven’t these kids been hanging around enough to exchange phone numbers and text back and force enough to figure out where things stand vis a vis hook-up potential? Kids do stuff like this I presume.



  1. I like to think an editor wrote Dafne’s last line.

    No other explanation for this plot is acceptable.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — July 3, 2017 @ 7:08 am

  2. Guess baseball season is gonna go into July again. RIP summer plots.

    Comment by billytheskink — July 3, 2017 @ 10:43 am

  3. Basically, drama is: some character wants something. It’s probably attainable, but difficult, and the readers want to know how it works out. Gatsby wanted Daisy, but she was married to someone else. Captain Ahab wanted to kill Moby DIck, who was difficult to kill. Dorothy wanted to leave Oz and get back to Kansas, but then she got all wrapped up in the flying monkey business ….
    Is there a single character left that anyone cares about? Gary and Jimmy were off screen so long, many of us forgot about them. Last Thursday, Carrie had a goal, but that’s gone for good. Dafne seems to be just trying to get to the end of the semester (kind of frustrating when it’s July). Young Mr. Van Auken apparently won’t have to face the Central City crowd again. And the last thing Gil’s done for weeks was to uncover the protestors, and that job’s finished.
    Please, Rubin, end it this week, and try some kind of summer story.

    Comment by Philip — July 3, 2017 @ 11:31 am

  4. Yeah, Mr. Rubin — what is this, sixth grade?

    The most interesting thing by far in today’s installment is whatever the hell those hands are doing in panel 1. I think it’s the rare and dangerous two-person version of “This is the church, and this is the steeple…”

    Comment by John S. Walters — July 3, 2017 @ 11:33 am

  5. “What is this, July 3?” Yeah. Why the hell are we standing in a classroom??

    Comment by robmize2013 — July 3, 2017 @ 1:12 pm

  6. I can hear the boos already but I honestly don’t mind that the spring plot runs over into summer. One reason is that the summer plots (with the exception of the one centering on Truman Standish picking a high school, and the greatest ever summer plot, that of Herk the Mauler) are usually asinine. The other reason is that I don’t mind the time dilation and compression involved. Gil Thorp is set at school, and summer is by definition apart from that, and that makes me willing to extend “the willing suspension of disbelief.”

    But I’m really not sure the present plot (I am not convinced it even is one) has the chops to take up the summer. I agree completely with our colleagues’ criticisms about the cut-up nature of the present story, and the vanishing of central players for weeks on end. And I’m having a hard time seeing how Gary The Hurdler Meola’s rejection of Carrie is going to have anything to do with Daffy’s resolving her conflicts over the Trumpet. Or for that matter, what the present Marty Middleschool sludge has to do with Ryan Van Auken’s genuine problem of recovering from whatever happened at Kingsfoot. People spend years in therapy over things like that, especially when the formative events happened when one was fifteen or sixteen.

    Comment by vaganova — July 3, 2017 @ 1:37 pm

  7. Those who pine for the good old days of summer plots (I would humbly submit “Drunk Marty Moon,” “Lanny the Fat Golf Hustler,” and of course the one, the only Gail Martin) might want to check out “Letters From Camp Pinewood: A Gil Thorp Summer Story Collection’ from way back in the Jack Berrill era.

    Oh wait, it’s a used, out of print book. They’re asking $108.48 for it.

    Well, eff that ess.

    Comment by John S. Walters — July 3, 2017 @ 1:46 pm

  8. I had forgotten “drunk Marty Moon.” That one was epic as well.

    Comment by vaganova — July 3, 2017 @ 6:04 pm

  9. John S. @4: I hope you’re right; that’s veering dangerously into Brooke McEldowney territory.

    Summer plot? I’m holding out for the return of Herk the Mauler. Fits right in with current events.

    Comment by teenchy — July 3, 2017 @ 8:52 pm

  10. P1: Good one, John S. I’m not EVEN gonna bother. Your observation caught the essence of things.
    P2: “Daffy, while you’re scrounging for a 20 oz., do you have any Head & Shoulders? I don’t wanna get any dandruff on my Diet Coke plus I got a bad case of psoriasis.”
    P3: Jimmy, there ARE treatment programs for your sudden weight gain. See your doctor for details.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — July 4, 2017 @ 3:29 pm

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