This Week in Milford

November 2, 2019

Sweet Child o’ Mine

Filed under: boring memories, freak feet, Gil Thorp, Just plain sad, Mimi Thorp — teenchy @ 8:38 pm


I’ve been contributing here at TWIM for what seems like ages, and I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve lost a step when it comes to my institutional memory of the Thorpiverse. That said I’m having a hard time picking up on a couple of the details in today’s strip.  They’re as fuzzy to me as the toes on Mimi’s right foot.

First, what law prevents Gil from sharing the details of his convo with Chance Macy with Mimi? I’ve given FERPA a cursory glance and I can only surmise that Gil’s referring to Chance’s school records re his behavior, and that Mr. Coach Thorp qualifies as a “school official with legitimate educational interest” to whom a school can disclose those records without written permission from the parent or eligible student. That would cover the records, but the conversation? It’s not protected by attorney-client, accountant-client, priest-pentient, doctor-patient or therapist-patient privilege. Someone please clue me in.

Second, where in the course of the past week’s strip did we get any inkling that Chance was sad about all of this? He went walking and talking with Gil but the main thrust of that talk was the therapy he’s had and the things that set him off. (The “my so-called parents” line leaves an opening. Did they abandon Chance to his grandparents after one too many knife-throwing jags?) You know who must be sad, sweet children, Mimi? Keri and Jamie!


  1. P3: Gil seems to be sayin’ “dammit….I might have to go to a game now.”

    Comment by Franku2016f — November 3, 2019 @ 11:40 am

  2. Comment by robmize2013 — November 3, 2019 @ 7:53 pm

  3. “He’s a great teammate. But he doesn’t believe it. Maybe that’s on me, the coach of his team. Who can say really?”

    Comment by timbuys — November 4, 2019 @ 8:35 am

  4. P4: Today’s headline in the Milford Enquirer

    “Plastic Woman Tells All!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Includes Chance’s Test Scores From Milford Halfway House!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    sub headline

    “I just felt it was time even though my hubby swore me to secrecy. Chance will end up in a better Mininum Security facility that way, one with a good heating system.”

    Good video, Robmize.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — November 4, 2019 @ 8:44 pm

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