This Week in Milford

July 6, 2017

The Hits Keep Coming

July 5, 2017


July 6, 2017


Shot Putter Jimmy Caruso better be glad that Milford ain’t old school Westview, else he’d be getting shot at for mouthing off at a hall monitor like that. How plausible is Jimmy’s defense, anyway? If we look at Tuesday’s strip we can see a dark object with a protruding right angle at Jimmy’s face height, but that angle is about level with his shoulders. Chekhov’s cabinet door…

…or Chekhov’s black eye?  Whichever, they fall into place for the logical conclusion of this arc. Braying Daftpunk, flashing her best Biting Pear of Salamanca leer, chooses her words carelessly. Anybody with an ear could draw the conclusion that she intended to hit Jimmy and, even if she didn’t, that she moved past him with such force that he fell into Chekhov’s cabinet door. And you know what? Anybody will. Daffy will soon find herself in Ryan Van Halen’s shoes, which will lead her begging to Ms. Rizk to be let back on to the Trumpet staff to defend herself and Ryan. Lessons learned, fade to silhouettes, walk through a doorway and we’ll see you on the Thorps’ back porch.

Think we’ll ever see any sports being played in this arc again? Maybe that Van Halen kid will play some chin music on some Central batters and cow them into being no-hit. Then he can get killed off like the last Milford pitcher who threw a no-hitter.


  1. I figured Daffy would get into some kind of jam, but did not anticipate this one. In order for the symmetry to work, word of how shot putter Jimmy Caruso got the shiner will have to get out, and Daffy will have to suffer some kind of opprobrium. Is it possible that the insight the event brings will change her attitude toward Ryan Van Auken, or that he will offer some kind of understanding, to the benefit of both?

    But since as a performer I am often called on to play for laughs, I can also see a summer S/M plot:

    Ryan, groveling– “Please, please, give me the beating I deserve!”

    Daffy, arms crossed– “No.”

    Comment by vaganova — July 6, 2017 @ 6:44 am

  2. My guess? Gary punched Jimmy. Hijinx ensued.

    Comment by John S. Walters — July 6, 2017 @ 7:07 am

  3. Difficult to see how Jimmy could have fallen into a door without Dafne noticing. Did he get into an argument with Gary “World’s Worst Wingman” Meola? Please tell me that a shot putter did not become punched by a hurdler.

    Comment by Philip — July 6, 2017 @ 7:10 am

  4. 7/4 panel 2 (the impact panel) is a little ambiguous, but the shiner shot putter Jimmy Caruso is sporting IS on his right side, consistent with the likely arc. I suspect The Chief is simply keeping causation a little blurry in order to remain in parallel to what happened last spring at Kingsfoot– it’s another angry shove with unintended consequences and no uninvolved witnesses.

    Comment by vaganova — July 6, 2017 @ 7:26 am

  5. Thanks to Rob and teenchy for filling in while I was AWOL.

    Comment by timbuys — July 6, 2017 @ 8:25 am

  6. Say, is Jimmy wearing a replica command uniform from Star Trek IV?

    Comment by John S. Walters — July 6, 2017 @ 8:56 am

  7. Dafne made my brown eye..

    Dafne made my brown eye..

    Dafne made my brown eye bluuue.. huuu!

    Apologies to Crystal Gayle.

    Comment by robmize2013 — July 6, 2017 @ 9:11 am

  8. Well, the good (or really, really bad) news is that we’re only 6-7 weeks away from revisiting the know-it-all football princess, who despite being a senior last year has no doubt continued to hang around the football locker room telling everyone how to play…

    Comment by hitorque — July 6, 2017 @ 1:07 pm

  9. Dafne’s boobs sure have been drawn very large and at the center of the panels’ focus the past few strips. I wonder if her recent behavior has made her chest swell with pride?

    Comment by Moon Mullins — July 6, 2017 @ 6:34 pm

  10. Moon, that has crossed my mind too, involving both featured girls. Gradually we move from the stick figures of the past to actual realism.

    Comment by vaganova — July 6, 2017 @ 7:22 pm

  11. Thanks Robmize. Now I have that stupid song in my head that I had long ago forgotten.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — July 6, 2017 @ 7:59 pm

  12. Let’s put it this way Carrie, I done told Jimmy once, he best hope I don’t have to tell him twice!

    Comment by Murgatroyd — July 6, 2017 @ 10:42 pm

  13. I’ll save up my half hearted effort to comment on the plot until Monday. Until then, something caught my eye in these strips that reminded me of a Zippy the Pinhead strip from earlier this week.


    Chief Whigham’s collars are not bad at all! I mean the traditional collars. Jimmy’s Wrath of Khan collar is okay. I guess.


    Comment by nedryerson — July 7, 2017 @ 8:39 am

  14. Very astute of you, Ned, with the collar observation. I’m still baffled by the odd collars Whigham puts on the various Mudlark teams.

    Comment by teenchy — July 7, 2017 @ 12:37 pm

  15. […] I will refrain from falling back on my go-to “Who saw that coming?” from Black Dynamite except to say, well, I saw that coming. […]

    Pingback by That’s “Dafne.” “Hello” is my kitty’s name. | This Week in Milford — July 8, 2017 @ 1:52 pm

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