(Strip Number 801, Original Publication Date, 13 February 1985)
Panel 1: We find Mike and Gordo at the playground lying in wait to pelt their fellows with snowballs. When Deanna comes into view, the future poster child for being Touched By Pattersons gets really insistent about telling Mike to fire off and paste her on the back of the head with a slush ball because he comes from a broken home and thus likes arcades and punk rock and doesn't fear Elly like he should thereby having no problem in being the sort of hateful CAD who'd hit a cute little girl with a snowball.
Panel 2: Having noticed that Mike has hesitated, Gordon acts like an actual nine-year old by not only interpreting Mike's not doing so immediately like a REAL man as meaning that he can't do it because he's in love with her. Before he can announce this to the world, Mike silences him before he can see the evil word "love".
Panel 3: Mike then vehemently denies that he, a real he-man woman-hater, is in love with Deanna.
Panel 4: As proof, he shows Gordon that the snowball is frozen to the fuzz on his mitten.
Summary: This looks like a slice-of-life thing but could well have been derived from an episode of "The Little Rascals." In any event, it's the closest Lynn gets to making nine year olds act the part. Your average little jerk kid like Gordon or Mike is at pains to prove that he isn't cute or weak or soppy because he confuses mere antisocial crudity with masculinity.