This Week in Milford

February 10, 2020

It’s Jim Henson’s Mudlark Babies!

Filed under: Coffee Cantina, exposition comics, huge earrings — nedryerson @ 9:19 am


Now we get to the part where Alexa reveals why she blames Chris Schuring for feeling self-conscious and awkward.

He cracked a Watson the IBM supercomputer joke after it appeared on Jeopardy when they were in the third grade.

That’s remarkable. Alexa should have changed her name or moved to a new city, or moved to a new city and changed her name. What a sick, crippling third grade burn! Alexa should tell all this to Mimi so she’ll understand the traumatic nature of the affliction and allow her to mope around at the edges of the court so as not to draw any attention. Good grief!!

I do like this little third grade flashback. It reminds me of an oft used MST3K riff when a group of children would appear, which I appropriated for the post title.


  1. OMG!….this entire story is as dumb af…I guess that Rubin is gonna’ be doin’ flashback stories now, like the last one, and like you pointed out, that are like Muppet babies, or the Scooby-Do kids….and this is horrible…poor Alexa….she needs therapy over all this childhood abuse, like today. I don’t know if even Mimi will be able to fix this

    Comment by franku2016 — February 10, 2020 @ 9:37 am

  2. …and the third-graders are all rushin’ home from to school to not only catch Jeopardy!, but to implement it into their daily school life

    Comment by franku2016 — February 10, 2020 @ 9:40 am

  3. I’ll take “shit that never happened” for $500, Alex.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — February 10, 2020 @ 11:04 am

  4. I, for one, think we can all identify with the green be-sweatered brunette in panel one: staring into the corner of two walls of bricks. It’s about as interesting anyway.

    Bonus point: the image of young Chris Schuring doing insult comedy on the corner of his tanktown suburban street amuses me.

    Comment by timbuys — February 10, 2020 @ 2:44 pm

  5. P 2.5: “, dumb-ass, the one without my name..”

    Comment by franku2016 — February 10, 2020 @ 2:53 pm

  6. Funny as heck, Moon Mullins. You come through as usual.

    Those are the worst drawn lips of Alexa in P1. Thorpiverse must have dug deep in the well for Mr. Potato Head body parts on that one.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — February 10, 2020 @ 6:31 pm

  7. At least the Chief didn’t go full Batiuk and put those little scrapbook corners on his panel to indicate a flashback.

    Comment by teenchy — February 10, 2020 @ 6:38 pm

  8. ***Cries in endless “Beam me up, Scotty!” jokes from pre-K to senior year***
    (But don’t worry TWIM commentators! I’m not bitter or psychologically scarred at all! At least I can tell myself this in the mirror… Sometimes)

    If this was somehow said in front of the entire school and EVERYONE started laughing then *MAYBE* I could understand her “Carrie”-like resentment and smoldering rage…

    But at recess with maybe one other kid listening (who almost certainly didn’t even know who the fuck Ken Jennings is)?? Nevermind the fact that out of all the horrible things she could be called, a state-of-the-art supercomputer who nobody was even going to remember in a couple of weeks isn’t all that bad?

    Yeah, this is twelve different ways of stupid. My streak might remain intact after all. I mean for the love of Christ — These days teenage girls get their nudes and homemade sex videos going viral at school and not one of them has managed to go full “Carrie”.

    As an aside, remember that dumb kid who got that dumb gag gift from 1987 playing those dumb gag noises and he was using it when that other dumb kid was giving a oral presentation in class?
    THAT IS THE TYPE OF THING THAT SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED TO 3RD GRADE ALEXA!! Because it’s exactly the kind of thing a third-grader would do, and yes I can easily see some very deep trauma of a girl being embarrassed while she’s speaking before her entire class.

    Comment by hitorque — February 11, 2020 @ 9:32 am

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