This Week in Milford

July 11, 2020



Ridiculousness is an MTV show that’s kind of like a more painful version of America’s Funniest Home Videos, starring some flatbiller skateboarder type and with a panel consisting of a rapper, a guest and a woman who laughs like SpongeBob. It’s one of son of teenchy’s guilty pleasures and that’s about all I know about it.

Ridiculousness is also what these past four months have been in this strip. Today this inanity has come to an end and in the most predictable, yet contrived manner possible. I can’t hammer home hard enough how ridiculous it was for Gil not to stand up for Mike against Dr. Pearl and the school board, how even more ridiculous it was for that non-Hadley V. Baxendale lawyer to roll over and play dead without putting up any kind of fight (seriously, are there any decent lawyers in Milford?), and how most ridiculous that someone at State U. bought Gil’s story that Mike’s challenging the Mudlarks to a baseball game, assembling the Valley Modified Freakazoids! and leading them to an ass-whooping-turned-gorgefest somehow exemplified “leadership, responsibility, perseverance” and reversed The Mayor’s rejection decision. (Phew! Gotta watch my pulse rate.)

What else was ridiculous? Mike’s gal pal Phoebe not telling him to put away the butter knife as soon as she saw him whip it out. The Lady Mudlarks’ lack of pitching depth and Mimi’s one-girl rotation (not the first time we’ve seen that). The way the Lady Mudlarks fell off the radar once their lack of pitching depth was shown. The self-congratulatory catering of Gil, Kaz, Rooney and Mimi. Anna Karenina Corinna Corinna bringing softball gear to a baseball game. (BTW, we missed an opportunity to bring up the monster catcher’s mitt Paul Richards designed for Clint Courtney and Gus Triandos to use when catching knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm.)  Finally, we have the ridiculousness of Mike’s former teammates pelting him with their gloves. Hope you don’t end up with a concussion, Mayor!

So a redemptive ending for Mike Knappe via Gilberto ex machina. But what will happen to the Valley Modified Kids? Where’s Ardis Carhee’s Gil Thorp to pull his nuts out of the fire? Where’s Corinna “Don’t Call Me Karen” Karenina’s Mimi to help her overcome her authority issues? These Dead End Kids will be tossed aside and forgotten like so many cardboard cutouts of fans that will populate MLB stadiums if and when the majors resume their sham of a 60-game season in a couple of weeks. That, gentle readers, is the even bigger tragedy here – one that Neil Rubin has used to take us to this slapdash happy ending that, really, isn’t all that happy.




  1. Just when you think its over– the baseball team still has 2 more games right? To lock up 2nd place. We wont see those games or hear about who won or whether Milford got 2nd. Right? Another empty feeling after a storyline. To the lemonade!

    Comment by robmize2013 — July 11, 2020 @ 10:23 pm

  2. Nice summary teenchy. Who’s 7 year old daughter will be left on the 18th green when Gil glad hands some Milford has been on Monday? Gil, the legendary 19th hole Schmoozing candy ass!

    Comment by Jive Turkey — July 11, 2020 @ 11:14 pm

  3. Has the least interesting story line in Gil Thorp history finally at an end? Our long national nightmare is over!

    Comment by Richard Sansing — July 12, 2020 @ 3:16 am

  4. Hopefully, this dumb af story is finally over. Even dumber than last summer’s HVB story

    Comment by franku2016 — July 12, 2020 @ 8:23 am

  5. Teenchy, as long as we’re getting ridiculous and I’m on a Flubber roll, remember the part in the movie when they’re going to kick that 98-yard field goal with a flubberized football but no one but them KNOWS it’s flubberized(the other team doesn’t know, in other words)? Then the great comedian Paul Lynde, who plays the announcer and also doesn’t know, sums up what appears to be a laughable attempt to win the game in one word: Ridiculous.
    But they won the game and overcame any Ridiculous perceptions. Can’t say the same here. Nope, no flubberized football is going to bail Andy out of his cowardice, Diet Coke truck notwithstanding. Can’t kick flubberized pizzas and subs over the goal post, Gil and Kaz.
    But the happy ending is that The Mayor can get with Professor Ned Brainerd and start a new career. Maybe The Mayor can flubberize Dr. Pearl’s beehive. Oops, looks like that’s already been done.

    LMAO today as usual. Still got it, My Man.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — July 12, 2020 @ 10:21 am

  6. This just don’t make no sense. I have no hope for future stories. I’ll guess we’ll just mock coach thorp

    Comment by Neo maxi zoomdweebie — July 12, 2020 @ 12:52 pm

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