(Strip Number 1042, Original Publication Date, 26 April 1986)
Panel 1: We find ourselves at the back fence watching Elly tell Annie that since Jean's back, this is her last day at the clinic.
Panel 2: Jean tells her not to bring up the subject of clinics because she just had to wait two hours to see her obstetrician.
Panel 3: She goes on to complain that she had any number of other things to do but there she was, reading last years' magazines like her time meant nothing.
Panel 4: As she saunters away, she makes a surly comment about how that must be why they call people 'patients.'
Summary: Annie is clearly playing the part in the PSA about hospital wait times that has her complain about her minor ailment and how it needs to be redressed NOW while everyone in sight is trying to save the victims of a fifty-car pile-up. The problem is that she's the creation of a self-centered jerk who gives the impression of thinking that someone whose legs have to be amputated will simply have to wait in line because she and her splinter were there first. This means that we're probably in for a Lynnsight about how all these people should wait in line because she has stuff to do and they should have thought of her needs before needing massive transfusions just to stay alive.