(Strip 6044, Original Publication Date, 11 May 1987-)
Panel 1: As they leave for the last class, Michael asks Elly why she and John are taking dance lessons.
Panel 2: Elly tells him that it's good for you because it develops self-confidence and poise.
Panel 3: Elizabeth asks John "what's poise" because she expects a straight answer from a grown-up.
Panel 4: Since John is a boorish man-child, he responds with a pun and says it's what a New Yorker calls a handbag.
Summary: This is probably one of the last strips lifted from a sitcom. This is because he is about to give stupid advice instead of relying on stupid wordplay.