(Strip Number 4448, Original Publication Date, 2 November 1984)
Panel 1: As they drink their coffee, Elly tells Annie that she might just have been a bit too over-protective about the whole costume thing.
Panel 2: We finally get the real freaking reason that Elly stood in the way of the kid's good time when she bleats idiotically about how she couldn't let her innocent children dress as punks what will all that scary, SCARY leather and scary, SCARY chains and scary, SCARY make-up. Simply put, Elly was too freaking frightened of the way they looked to God-damned THINK!!!!!!!
Panel 3: She compounds her stupidity by stating that in her day, it was "make love, not war" before asking why kids like Mike are so angry that they want to turn their back on happiness and joy.
Panel 4: Dumb-ass Anne suggests it's because they're so much closer to making war.
Summary: Back in 1984, this strip followed the one in which Gordon and Lawrence wondered why Elly was such a pill. Back then, it was meant to show 'ignorant' children of the 'obvious' peril they didn't realize that they were visiting on themselves. The problem is that we're dealing with the same impulse that made Lynn and Elly imagine a video arcade as a wretched hive of scum and villainy. As it was last winter, we have a dangerously ill-informed woman interpreting something that confuses her in the worst possible light so that she can think that her innate impulse to keep her children from things they like is an act of heroism instead of being what it is: the need to keep people from feeling a pleasure she HATES to feel. There are people who actively despise the feeling of contentment and wish to ruin it for others so they don't have to admit that they're missing out on the good things in life and they need a voice. In Japan, they have Urobutcher; here, StaLynn.