This Week in Milford

November 26, 2018

Could You Describe The Tumult?

Filed under: Just plain sad, Milford Idiots — nedryerson @ 7:21 am


Now we see the extent of Joe Bolek’s plan and it was about as nonsensical as we imagined. Sure, they did capture the New Thayer crew of miscreants on film (or video) emerging from the school like the AI bad guys in a video game. They captured the beginnings of Tiki getting roughed up and the bad guys pivoting to attack Joe. The question is: why did they need to do this? To prove to the Milford officials that the threat to Tiki at New Thayer was credible enough for Tiki’s family to be forgiven any corners they may have cut to get him enrolled in Milford? Was that necessary at all?

Here’s another question: Does New Thayer know about this gang who just lingers in front of the school ready to commit acts of violence in broad daylight at the drop of a hat? Maybe New Thayer and other institutions outside of Milford (like those other country clubs we saw this summer) are just amoral places where anything goes in pursuit of personal gain.

Here’s a further question: How stupid was Joe Bolek’s plan. How certain were they that at least one member of the New Thayer crew wouldn’t continue to rough up Tiki when Joe called out Bugs Bunny style, Yoo Hoo! Over here boys? Seems like a large margin for era in keeping somebody from getting their ass kicked. It does look like Clark was operating another camera in case Joe started getting his ass kicked. Yes, we finally know the long haired film geek’s name. It’s Clark. Hi Clark.

Speaking of margins, this narrow escape really plays fast and loose with logic. But of course, we’re using a sort of cinematic logic where you cut away from action and then cut back and it seems that the principles haven’t moved forward at all or even moved backwards. But now I’m starting to feel like Annie Wilkes in Misery. Rubin and Whigham are dirty birds. They cheated! Those miscreants were on top of Joe Bolek before he even picked up the tripod!. Forget it, Annie. It’s Milfordtown.

Oh, and Leonard must be the other film geek. Hi Leonard.



  1. Ned asks :What’s the point?
    Movies are entertainment
    We having fun yet?

    To shame New Thayer?
    There’s no neutral arbiter
    Moral emptiness

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — November 26, 2018 @ 8:37 am

  2. No fisticuffs? What an expected disappointment.

    I’m 99% sure that Leonard and Clark’s names have never been mentioned before today. In fact, I initially read panel 3’s text as “Joe Leonard” without the “and”, pleased that Rubin was trying to somehow work late 3-time AMA Grand National champion and 2-time USAC Indycar national champion “Pelican” Joe Leonard into the strip. Alas, another disappointment.

    Comment by billytheskink — November 26, 2018 @ 8:46 am

  3. What happened to the cocked fist? I remember when the great MJ had his fist cocked for possible former New Thayer creep Bill Laimbeer. But alas, he did not follow through with it just as Tiki did not.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — November 26, 2018 @ 11:51 am

  4. Skreeech!

    Comment by Moon Mullins — November 26, 2018 @ 1:27 pm

  5. When Forsyth wrote “The Day of the Jackal”, he knew there could be no suspense in the question “will the killer succeed”, since everyone knew de Gaulle had survived all assassination attempts. The only source of suspense could be “how will the killer fail”, and, in order to tighten the tension, he created a killer so smart and skillful that it seemed impossible that he could fail.
    When Rubin created the New Thayer Cartel, he knew he would want them to disappear as quickly as possible, so he wrote them as being so comically inept that they would leave Wile E. Coyote saying, “How did you not see that coming?”

    Comment by Philip — November 26, 2018 @ 2:12 pm

  6. Too bad that they didn’t get pounded before they pussily ran from the confrontation then they could show Batman- like sound effects too like “wham” and “bam” “whimper”, “sniff”, and “slammo”

    Comment by franku2016 — November 26, 2018 @ 2:13 pm

  7. So did Tiki drive his Plymouth Breeze to this confrontation?

    Comment by timbuys — November 26, 2018 @ 2:36 pm

  8. A good day for the kommentariat.

    I for one think that The Chief is the best figurative artist to draw GT yet, even better than St Jack of Berrill. But geometry and perspective do sometimes get the better of him. The distances and angles of this confrontation are just short of impossible. And as one who routinely moves cameras and tripods around, I have to say Joe was incredibly lucky not to end up with that $500 fiberglass Manfrotto up his ass.

    Comment by vaganova — November 26, 2018 @ 3:39 pm

  9. I’m disappointed that the fifth wheel is named Leonard. I would have liked to have seen Lewis and Clark.

    Comment by vaganova — November 26, 2018 @ 3:43 pm

  10. I for one am pleased said fifth wheel is named Leonard, because when I was a kid growing up, my father always called every other driver who annoyed him “Leonard”.

    e.g. “For Chrissakes Leonard, that’s a one-way road!” “Leonard, get your head out of your ass, you can’t turn in there from the center lane!”

    Had my dad been portrayed as driving past and witnessing things, for once his inside-the-car-with-windows-up venting at some other wacky driver would have been an accurate naming.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — November 26, 2018 @ 3:55 pm

  11. Despite Leonard Bernstein and Leonardo DiCaprio, “Leonard” often does seem to be a target name. Thinking of the Vince D’Onofrio character in Full Metal Jacket, “Gomer Pyle,” whose real name was Leonard.

    Comment by vaganova — November 26, 2018 @ 5:11 pm

  12. Lenny Clarke! (Comes on after a minute of Gronk)

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — November 26, 2018 @ 5:25 pm

  13. @Jive Turkey: MJ wanted no part of Laimbeer because only ever tried to scrap with dudes much smaller than he was…

    Comment by Hitorque — November 27, 2018 @ 9:03 am

  14. Boy, vaganova, on the subject of targets, what about Leonard Alfred Schneider a/k/a Lenny Bruce? That man had a “kick me” sign on his back the size of the Grand Canyon. You could do target practice at the Milford Conservation Club on his posterior when you were done with clay pigeons. RIP, Lenny. You gave America a black eye which is the risk you run with Free Speech. Wouldn’t want it any other way.

    As long as we’re going to pursue the “Smillllllllleeeeee, you’re on ‘Candid Camera'” angle, I wonder where the heck Allen Funt is situated. Oh, I forgot, there’s another vehicle. He’s hiding down in the floorboard. Now THAT’S “Candid Camera”.
    “Who’s that bald-headed dude underneath the picnic basket in the back?”
    “Smillllllllllleeeeeeeee, Gil, you’re on ‘Candid Camera’.”
    Pulls up pants in his Lexus after a sudden attack of jock itch.
    “Mimi, where’s the keys?”
    “in the cupholder, where you always put them.”

    Ned, I like your geek take. That song from Procol Harum “Long Gone Geek” keeps ringing in my head and with this bad plot that you have masterfully skewered today, will probably keep on ringing the rest of the day. Price I pay(ha).

    Comment by tdrewhardin — November 27, 2018 @ 9:57 am

  15. Tiki left before he could get gang raped

    Comment by franku2016 — November 27, 2018 @ 10:25 am

  16. Yes hitorque if your talking about MJ punching out Steve Kerr in practice I know what you mean. But in the Laimbeer case I really think he didn’t want to get suspended. After all he had Oakley out there to protect him. The guy who really had a shot at Laimbeer was Barkley. Very disappointed in him.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — November 27, 2018 @ 10:58 am

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