This Week in Milford

August 3, 2022

“… and the wrong time to quit sniffing glue.”

Filed under: exposition comics, Gil Thorp, metapost, Mimi Thorp — teenchy @ 9:40 am

“Hi, everybody, and a very pleasant good afternoon to you wherever you may be.” It’s not afternoon as I compose this post and odds are it might not be in the afternoon when you read it, but I have to offer my tribute to Vin Scully** wherever I can.

I guess we can take comfort in knowing that Barajas is retconning in some of Gil’s original character traits in addition to his family. Here it’s his piloting which, taken in combination with his jarhead Marine background, makes the Chief’s drawing him to look a bit like Senators manager-era Ted Williams* make more sense. What needs to make more sense is the role of the professionally-dressed Ms. Holmes who’s sharing the cockpit with him.

Since she’s not speaking with him in little dashed-line word balloons, I feel comfortable in speculating the relationship is platonic and that Ms. Holmes is some kind of flight instructor/recertification type. She’s flown with Gil in the past (perhaps not in the biblical sense) and she has some sense of Gil’s home life which kinda reinforces that notion. She also has the good judgement to use the euphemism “busy with the kids” when she means “banging the golf pro at the MCC.”

Gil doubles down on the old school by acting oblivious to the fact that voice mail is a thing. Milford might be 1959 with cell phones but even flip phones can be used to leave a message. Let’s just hope Gil’s not so upset with Mimi that he power dives that Cessna into a CFIT.

* Special Guest Cameo: The role of Gil in P1 is being played by Simon Cowell. Those TV talent shows are long past their sell-by date, after all. So Gil doesn’t always look like the Splinter.

** I would be remiss in paying tribute to the late Vin Scully without paying tribute to the late Bill Russell but, in keeping with the theme of today’s post, I think Roger Murdock put that tribute in better words than I ever could.


  1. Do not planes also use gas or did Herc the Mauler fling these candy asses into orbit?

    Comment by Jive Turkey — August 3, 2022 @ 9:47 am

  2. Excuse me, stewardess. Is there a movie on this flight?

    Comment by Dewey "Ox" Oxburger — August 3, 2022 @ 11:42 am

  3. So if Gil can fly his own plane, what does he need Captain Sugar Britches for?

    Comment by franku2016 — August 3, 2022 @ 12:19 pm

  4. 1. I’m not a pilot, but I have seen every single episode of “Air Crash Investigation” and right now something about the plane’s attitude in P3 seems a little… Unsafe?

    1a. And didn’t Gilberto kill a liberal amount of Bacardi Mojitos at the bar earlier? I don’t think that’s part of his official Pre-Engine Start checklists?

    2. So who’s the well-dressed statuesque blonde? Please let it be a co-worker he’s having a fling with…

    3. Am I wrong, or is a coach/teacher for some small-town county public school in the middle of podunk flying his own plane not only really pretentious, but also kinda-sorta beyond his pay grade?

    Comment by Hitorque — August 3, 2022 @ 4:51 pm

  5. 4. And yes, I do remember that NTSB report from the 1990s (in Florida, naturally), about a couple of twenty-somethings who killed themselves while trying to join the “mile-high club”… Both bodies were recovered in a state of undress… Ironically, it was the girl who was the instructor pilot and her boyfriend who was the student…

    So please don’t try it, Gilberto…

    Comment by Hitorque — August 3, 2022 @ 4:58 pm

  6. As far as the drinking, that was the night before after the ceremony. And Gil had a plane way back in the early/mid days of this strip, so this is bringing that back. My guess is she’s helping him maybe to recertify? He hasn’t been flying for too long?

    Comment by MopMan — August 3, 2022 @ 5:44 pm

  7. “He hasn’t been flying for too long?” – I meant to say, it’s been a long time since he flew.

    Comment by MopMan — August 3, 2022 @ 5:45 pm

  8. Teenchy, perfect timing to bring up an old Airplane! joke!!!!! Yeah, check the vector, Victor. And careful with the hands with the gal, Gil. You da Man.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — August 3, 2022 @ 7:05 pm

  9. The plane appears to be a Cessna. They burn about 8 gallons of AvGas per hour. As of yesterday, prices averaged about $8/gallon.

    Comment by Downpuppy — August 3, 2022 @ 7:08 pm

  10. Frank, remember that woman who couldn’t climb that wall in “An Officer and a Gentleman” and Sergeant Foley calls her sugar britches after he spouted some nasty and vicious verbiage at her? She is co-coaching, er, co-piloting with Gil today.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — August 3, 2022 @ 7:09 pm

  11. FWIW, every living witness to the Airplane! filming says that nothing like this ever occurred. But so what?

    Comment by Downpuppy — August 3, 2022 @ 7:11 pm

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