This Week in Milford

February 12, 2020

It’s not often a lame joke gets called out as a lame joke in Milford


Where we went: Alexa is hung up on an offhand remark third-grader Chris made to her third-grader self nine years ago. She’s let it affect her self-perception ever since.

Where we could have gone: The white boy who watches Jeopardy! is labeled “smart” and the black girl who watches Jeopardy! is labeled “geeky,” at least by the black girl in her own mind. Apparently nobody else got that message, or else they did and they’ve been keeping it on the down low. So much to mine here; looks like we won’t.

Where we’re going instead: To the Milford High Sanitorium  – or is that “Janitorium”? Luhm’s full janitorial arsenal is on open display above his perpetually shiny handiwork. Phoebe, who has to keep telling Alexa she’s her best friend every other time she opens her mouth, is going to play some sort of intermediary between Chris and Alexa. Maybe Chris wants to ask Alexa to the prom? Share his study guide for AP Western Civilization? Get Phoebe in the Janitorium alone, forcing her to make a tough decision between hooking up with the Mudlark QB and professing her secret love for the one she’s constantly reminding she’s her bestie?

Rubin was doing a good job keeping this story arc between the ditches, but now he’s perilously close to letting it run into the berm. Stick around to watch; I’m planning on it.


  1. I think Chris’ next line after “Phoebe! Over here!” will be “Where’s your hat?” Then laughter and walking away. Nine years from now, Phoebe will pinpoint this interaction as the reason she’s in therapy.

    Do high schools in this country still teach Western Civ? I thought that had been banned for being politically incorrect.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — February 12, 2020 @ 1:57 pm

  2. @Moon Mullins: I think it’s now called “Global Studies” but my mind is still in 1959, except with this smartphone.

    Comment by teenchy — February 12, 2020 @ 2:02 pm

  3. I agree with Teenchy. Just where the heck is this goin’? It will probably be someplace dumb, but I’m gonna’ watch anyway. Maybe Schuring doesn’t GAF about Alexa and really wants to boink her ‘bestie, causing more anxiety for high-school age Alexa. Oh…that’s right….R-dubs already did that story with DD and her rather chubby ‘bestie 5 or 6 years ago. Probably won’t happen again then anytime soon.

    Comment by franku2016 — February 12, 2020 @ 3:59 pm

  4. I know this is supposed to be a family-oriented strip or whatever, but seriously… Can Alexa+Chris please cut the charades and just screw already?

    Comment by hitorque — February 12, 2020 @ 4:04 pm

  5. I’m with hightorque. This is the most extensively telegraphed banging-to-be in the history of Mfnrd.

    Global Studies in my state is a worldwide survey focusing on non western societies, freshman year. The European history in 10, American in 11, and two one semester classes in 12, economics and what amounts to civics. If kids are advanced a year with AP or IB classes, there are usually other electives available.

    Comment by vaganova — February 12, 2020 @ 5:34 pm

  6. For a brief shining day or 2, the Schuring Watson romance was stuck behind the Phoebe/Alexa solid relationship.
    Alas, not in Mfnrd.

    Comment by Downpuppy, still (@Downpuppy) — February 12, 2020 @ 8:35 pm

  7. Where did those earrings come from? Not in evidence when I did 2 days of this ;last week. As far as Alexa’s attitude, most of us are our own worst critic as well, so its relatable. But her reference point is ludicrous, although ironically I just read something in todays paper that involved middle school kids being strongly influenced by negative or positive relationships years later as adults.

    Comment by robmize2013 — February 12, 2020 @ 9:01 pm

  8. Hitorque, Comment of the Day, My Friend. LMAO for quite some time.

    Oh, great, we’ve beaten Jeopardy! in the ground, now we’re onto Password?

    The voice overdubbed that sounds like one of the monsters from “Frogs”
    “The password is ‘incompetent’.”
    Allen Ludden, the host
    “Okay, Phoebe, do you want to ‘pass’ or ‘play’?”
    “I’ll play.”
    “All right. Good luck”
    Taking a deep breath
    2 seconds later, her partner, Alexa, responds
    “That’s RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!! Johnny, tell her what she’s won!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    “A two week all-expense paid trip to see Jeopardy! That’s right, you and Phoebe will be staying at the Milford Moto-Lodge…”

    Comment by tdrewhardin — February 12, 2020 @ 11:37 pm

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