So many questions at this point…
- Did Gil ever get a word in edgewise?
- When does Aaron stop addressing Gil and start addressing the guys in the locker room?
- I confess to not being familiar with the ins and outs of pill popping. Does ones addiction and associated tolerance become so severe that you can be seen to ‘snack’ on the pills?
- Did Gil take Aaron out for another round of milkshakes and slices of pie or is rage (aka frustration) all the fuel that this kid needs?
- How much had that Central fan in the background had to drink before he/she lettered that sign?
I am amazed, again, at how much this whole thing is just Gil winging it and largely deferring to AaAa’s whims.
Panel three raises all kinds of questions as Mike’s hangdog expression and Ken’s exploding eyeball suggests that they still feel like they should be solving the case of the kid who’s parents do drugs (and/or live in Norway).
It’s great how things rapidly drew to a head the second time Gil had to cover another $3.50 slice of banana cream pie. You can practically see him wince as the order goes in. Never mind all of that hypothetical checking in with counselors or social workers, Gil is just going to cut to the chase and straight up talk Tina out of her opioid addiction.
Hey, it’s Steve Boone! Nice to see him picking up a paycheck during the football off-season.
Credit where it’s due: Panel one is great. The court markings even look plausible. That said, it’s not at all clear where Aaaaaron’s revived moxie is coming from. Perhaps those leftover fries he snagged from Gil are still tiding him over.
Finally, if panel one doesn’t do it for you, please check out the lovingly rendered bare back in panel three. I’m not sure what’s going on with the shorts, but I’m also not sure how long I want to look at that drawing trying to figure it out.
Panel one: Ken ‘Colombo’ Brown looks like he’s had just about enough of this.
Panel two: Mike ‘Hercule Poirot’ Granger is not at all happy about that awkward touch on his shoulder by what appears to be the hand of god.
Panel three: I say, with his sneer and peek a boo bang thing going on, AAAA is being revealed as the true villain here. As the saying goes, eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, is likely going to make more sense than the latest plot twist in Gil Thorp.
Panels one and two: Gosh is Gil ever so bad at this.
Panel three: At what point do you think Whigham just gave up on getting the print on the door to line up with much of anything?
Most interesting thing about today’s strip? Y’all probably wouldn’t notice it, but the strip itself is not square. I only know this because of the way I capture the strips… I had to allow extra white space when I cropped it.
But seriously, though, I guess I should celebrate that we’re ever so slightly closer to understanding just what the hell is going on here.
Hat tip to the inspiration for today’s post:
Man, so aside from Mike, Ken and Gil (who all have basketball performance related vested interests in the matter), it appears no one has bothered to look into this in the years since whatever may or may not have happened to Tina Aagard’s actuarial gig.
I’m sure we’ve seen the slouching Party Professor with the spread collar and incipient beer belly before but I can’t recall when. I do have to wonder how much Gil is going to learn from the fourth, fifth and sixth teachers who relate AaAa’s day to day variable energy levels.
I also have to wonder when next we’ll see an actual plot development.
Bonus points: The art is pretty interesting today. That easy chair in the teacher’s lounge is particularly intriguing as it seems wide enough to fit one and a half people.