This Week in Milford

April 22, 2018

Vaya con carne, Martín Luna


This has to have gone down as the Gil Thorp arc with the least amount of actual sports action ever. It also has to be near the top of arcs requiring the greatest suspension of disbelief. On top of all we’ve had to choke down around Marty, Pirate Boy and the Milford Pirate Network (does one station constitute a network?), now we’re supposed to believe that WDIG has at least three studios? Couldn’t at least one of them held Marty’s substitute, re-creating the basketball games Ronald Reagan style while Marty was suspended?

Marty played his traditional role of designated heel, between making light of the Padillas’ life situation, the gratuitous Mexican food references (intended to woo a potential sponsor but interpreted as “Puerto Ricans/Mexicans are all alike and their cultures all the same”) and the mispronunciation/pissy over-pronunciation in response to criticism. But really, Gil doesn’t come off as much less of a schmuck either. True, he couldn’t have anticipated the tack the MPN took on covering Milford hoops – nor Marty’s blue response to them – but he did in effect goad them on to goad Marty on. His ham-handed efforts at negotiation showed how little he thinks of Milford girls’ basketball and required us to connect the dots and assume Marty’s suspension would turn into termination if Marty didn’t accede.

Finally, Gil’s little dig at Marty in the last panel (yet another in which characters depart via a doorway), meant to remind Marty of the Boricua culture of which he is so ignorant, comes off a bit dickish as well. I’ll admit I like the idea of Marty as Scooby-Doo villain, but wouldn’t that mean he’s actually somebody else under a rubber mask? My money’s on Dr. Pearl.


  1. In the next week or so, Marjie Ducey will make her annual appearance, with Gil reciting the starting baseball lineup to her. It’s apparently the only function she serves in the precision narrative machinery that is the Thorpiverse. I don’t know why I look forward to this every year, but I do.

    Comment by Philip — April 22, 2018 @ 10:58 am

  2. Not to sound picky, but the typical tagline on “Scooby Doo” was actually, “….and I would have gotten away with it if not for these meddling kids !” That same line, incidentally, was used on Josie and the Pussycats in at least one episode.

    Comment by Howard S Sample — April 22, 2018 @ 11:13 am

  3. Scoob liked to mix it up

    Comment by Downpuppy, #1 Ordinal Number (@Downpuppy) — April 22, 2018 @ 1:33 pm

  4. I’m showing my age, but I have never seen Scooby-Doo and barely know what it is (my ignorance is easily explained– I have a TV but rarely watch it.) It sounds as though Gil is telling Marty that he sounds like the outmatched villain on a children’s show.

    What’s grabbed my attention is the suggestion that WDIG has three studios, which is more typical of a station in a mid-market city such as Buffalo or Cin-ci-naaa-ti. All the more evidence that Marty has been in the doghouse all along, broadcasting from his mother’s basement.

    Comment by vaganova — April 22, 2018 @ 2:29 pm

  5. Kudos to whoever mentioned Scooby-Doo/meddling kids about a month ago. Rubin must read TWIM , eh? I sure hope Marty does the next game in pig Latin.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — April 22, 2018 @ 4:12 pm

  6. mynbasource and kirilson, thanks for your kind acknowledgement. Don’t get me wrong, many years as a player, coach, and booster has taught me “There’s no ‘I’ in the word ‘TEAM'”. As long as TWIM moves forward, I’m happy. That said, thank you for your support. My dad, a part-time actor, has taught me “Take care of people who take care of you”. No better time than now. You guys are da Man.

    Jive Turkey, never thought I’d see the day. But I am elevating Gilberto(gladly using hitorque’s nomenclature) to TURD status after that weak and tepid send-off in P3. Nobody can tell me this is the route to Xanadu if this is the transition to the baseball arc. To stand within the pleasure dome, decreed by Mar-TEENA Khan. No.
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge aside, what Marty did was classless, bigoted, and stupid. He was typical Marty. But returning fire with fire is not the answer. Gil took the TURD way out and sunk to his nemesis’ level rather than make Marty come up to Gil’s level, something Gil’s been doing in the past but the pleasure of watching Marty’s face explode must have been too much for Gil. If you see a fork in the road, take it, Coach T. We’ll forgive you if you pursued a detour to the high road. You still have TURD status but we’ll forgive you 70 times 7. You and Marty will still be with us in Paradise.
    Maybe Marty and Gil can do a “We Are The World” duet in the name of detente in Studio 3 with the Milford Marching Mudlarks. After Marty serves his suspension, naturally.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — April 22, 2018 @ 8:21 pm

  7. Last word, F. Scott Fitzgerald. “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

    Comment by John S. Walters — April 23, 2018 @ 5:27 am

  8. Everything has returned to the status quo and Gilberto is a dick…

    Comment by hitorque — April 23, 2018 @ 11:12 am

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