This Week in Milford

April 19, 2018

Gil’s Not Alone in Needing Good Ideas


If you were plugged into the 24/7 news cycle yesterday, you know that much of Puerto Rico has gone dark again. You also know that that didn’t stop The Show from going on… unlike in Pleasantville Milford, where suspending Marty stops the show dead in its tracks.

Rubin is forcing us to connect many dots today as he lurches toward an awkward, tone-deaf ending to this underwhelming, once-promising arc. The first dot is Gil’s acknowledgement that Karina, at his suggestion, instigated the Milford Pirate Boy Network and thus had a hand in bringing about Marty’s suspension. The second dot is that Gil convinced the Padillas’ and Karina’s teacher to let them skip class (he has a history of doing this, y’know) to sit around the most lovingly rendered cafeteria table in comics history and decide on Marty’s penance. The third dot (and maybe several more after that) is that whatever terms the kids decided on were presented by Gil to Pocket Square Sporting Radio Station Manager, who accepted them and delivered them to Marty as an ultimatum – agree to these or you’re fired.

All of this unfolded even more slowly than Boo Radley’s fatal car crash, but faster than the full restoration of Puerto Rico’s power grid. In a world where teens can tweet and stand against social injustice while adults cower and hedge, all of this would’ve played out in the course of a week. We could’ve been treated with two months of Drunken Uber Driver Marty Moon dumpster diving for the dregs of Johnnie Walker bottles and begging for a cameo on Pirate Boy’s YouTube livestream.

So sit back and buckle up for the last few days of this bumpy ride. Me, I’m off in search of some Pudge Coffee. (Seriously. Check it out. Not affiliated with Pudge or his coffee.)



  1. Just to note that I’m fine. This story has left me with nothing to say, other than yet another red shirt today, probably marking Raul Castro stepping down. I’m going to blame the late arrival of Spring on this endless story.

    Comment by Jael's tent peg (@Downpuppy) — April 19, 2018 @ 9:02 am

  2. At least one thing hasn’t changed in this strip; Gil rules the town with the world’s laziest iron fist. I always get a kick out of strips where he has Chief Lind completely buffaloed.

    Comment by billytheskink — April 19, 2018 @ 9:15 am

  3. Why is the Padilla’s first demand directed at Gil?

    Also, what the heck do they need Karina for? I mean, it’s been established that Jorge does his best talking when he doesn’t say much, but Paloma has (sorta) had her own voice through this plot. Also, why couldn’t this wait until after class or study hall or just via whatever chat service the kids these days use?

    Finally, Marty is right to get up and start walking away. Gil has massively overplayed his hand with that kind of opening statement as it seems both Dr. Pearl and WDIG see it in their interests that Marty return to the air.

    P.S., “Drunken Uber Driver Marty Moon dumpster diving” made me laugh. If I had the graphics skills and time, I’d whip up an Uber profile for Marty with a two star rating and driving a Lincoln Continental MK VI.

    Comment by timbuys — April 19, 2018 @ 10:17 am

  4. “We wanna be free! We wanna be free to do what we wanna do! We wanna be free to ride. We wanna be free to ride our machines without being hassled by the man. AND WE WANNA GET LOADED !!!
    N0,thats not what the Padilla’s said. Maybe they should’ve. That’s a quote from the movie The Wild Bunch. But more importantly its the beginning of one of the best songs in Rock n Roll history. A song called “In N Out of Grace” by this weeks Rock n Roll TTTTThhhhhuuuurrrrsssssdaaaaaaayyyyy’s band of the week Mudhoney.
    The boys from Bellevue, WA (not Seattle) include Mark Arm vocals and guitar, Steve Turner, guitar, Matt Lukin, bass and Don Peters on drums. They are considered one of the original if not thee original grunge band as they were a big influence on Nirvana. Their first album came out in 1988 called Superfuzz Bigmuff and 2 years later came out again combined with early singles, Superfuzz and Bigmuff are effects pedals that give Mudhoneys guitars that “fuzz” sound effect. The afore mentioned “In N Out of Grace’ is on that album. Sample lyrics, “Jesus take me to a higher place! Sliding in n out of grace. Christ body and blood I crave! Sliding in n out of grace.” Then after some screaming guitars it continues. “Cry for mercy relieve my hate! Sliding in n out of grace. Spill my seed, suck my waste! sliding in n out of grace.’ Can’t tell you how great this song is, just listen.
    So many good songs on this album. “Touch Me I’m Sick”, “Sweet Young Thing Aint Sweet No More”, “Burn it Clean” , “You Got It’, “Halloween” , “If I think”, “Chain that Door” and “Mudride”, For me , this is one of the best albums ever. Along with some Local H albums of course,
    In 1989 they came out with a self titled album. It starts out with “This Gift’ and “Flat out Fu**ed”. Other great songs include, “Come to Mind”, “Here Comes Sickness”, “By Her Own Hand” and “When Tomorrow Hits”. I will have to continue next week as Mudhoney will be a 2 parter. You can certainly do some homework and check some of their other stuff. Be sure to turn it up and ROCK ON!!!!

    Comment by Kevin Lear — April 19, 2018 @ 12:03 pm

  5. For first time I posted via laptop. For some reason it gave my real name as username. My identity has been exposed! So yeah, KevinLear is also Jive Turkey. Carry on.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — April 19, 2018 @ 12:06 pm

  6. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BRUCE WAYNE IS BATMAN!!!!!!!!!!!! AND DICK GRAYSON IS ROBIN!!!!!!!!!!!! I thought that whiney, semi-Sally-Struthers voice was his along but I didn’t want to look like an idiot at the Bruce Wayne Charity Foundation Luncheon held in the Gotham City Banquet Hall.
    Jive Turkey, I know you’re gonna kill me(ha ha) so I’ll make up for it by checking out the band. You bring out some good ones. Keep ’em coming. You da Man.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — April 19, 2018 @ 12:44 pm

  7. Jive Turkey, that one is right smack dab in my wheelhouse. My friends and I went nuts for “You Got It” and “Touch Me I’m Sick” when those singles came out on Subpop. Superfuzz Bigmuff (I think the initial release was technically an EP, but the way those songs stretch out it might as well be a longplayer) just blew our minds. I saw Mudhoney in a club in Jacksonville in 1989. They put on a great show, all kinds of fuzzed out frenetic energy that made it seem like the whole thing was going to burst apart but somehow chugging ahead like a machine. I dutifully bought the albums they released in the 90s, but haven’t kept up with any of the 00s and beyond releases. From what I gather, they never strayed much from that sweetly distorted sound.

    If you haven’t already, you should check out Green River. That band was the precursor to Mudhoney, including Turner and Arm and some others who went on to form Pearl Jam.. Maybe Green River was the true foundation of grunge, although they didn’t really have the fuzz turned up to eleven.

    Comment by nedryerson — April 19, 2018 @ 1:22 pm

  8. Well, Jive Turkey, you SHOULD be worried. A few years ago I accidentally posted my real name, Perkin Warbeck (or was it Lambert Simnel? I forget) by mistake. It was not because I was posting by an unfamiliar means, as you were, but because of innate stupidity. TWIM has millions of followers, and it took me weeks to push those who had taken umbrage back outside the perimeter wall and return them to the control of my security forces.

    Comment by vaganova — April 19, 2018 @ 1:44 pm

  9. This has got to be maximum Smug Gil. He’s solving all the kids’ problems AND he gets to stick it to Marty Moon.

    So hey, how are the teams doing, anyway?

    Comment by jvwalt — April 19, 2018 @ 2:56 pm

  10. Good sense of humor as usual TDrew. And Vaganova In my case it may not but stupidity but ignorance and lack of computer savvy certainly could apply. Good to hear Mudhoney is in your wheelhouse Ned. I am certainly jealous you were able to hear them live so early in their career. That had to be a raucous ,rocking show. I saw them twice, I think2013 and ‘14. Still good but wow! To hear them in1989 had to be incredible! I didn’t get aboard the Mudhoney train until early 2000’s. Better late than…And hope I can influence others to jump aboard. Yes I do have as far as I know the only LP Green River put out. Name escapes me but it is in my collection. Not trying to one up you but another Mark Arm band was Mr Epp and the Calculations. Whacked out stuff. He may have been in high school or late teens. I don’t think he sings on it, probably plays guitar. If he sings his voice really changed. It’s a punk band I’d say. I’d have to read the extensive liner notes to get more information. But check out 2 songs from Mr Epp. “Mohawk Man “and “Spooky.” Rare gems.
    Also they put out an album I think in 2013 that’s not too bad. Check songs “ Slipping Away”, “Douchebags on Parade” and “I Hate You Chardonnay “.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — April 19, 2018 @ 4:19 pm

  11. Sorry, the 2013 album I referred to is a Mudhoney not Mr Epp. The way it was worded could confuse.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — April 19, 2018 @ 4:22 pm

  12. @jvwalt — How does that work, anyway? How does Gilberto just flip a switch between “I’m just a coach and I got playdowns to worry about so that ain’t my concern!” to directly and indirectly manipulating all sides of the conflict lto get his desired outcome ike he’s Henry Kissinger??

    And he always flips this switch in a “Oh shit we gotta wrap this up fast because baseball/softball storylines should have started a month ago!” -manner…

    Comment by hitorque — April 20, 2018 @ 7:21 am

  13. Why is there even a “negotiation”, anyway? Lest we forget, Martin Martinez on two separate occasions cussed out a Milford student on air… Milford’s half-assed partnership with WDIG 1010 AM should be over…

    Comment by hitorque — April 20, 2018 @ 7:26 am

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