(Strip Number 7248, Original Publication Date, 20 September 1987)
Panel 1: We start things off with Elly setting the table for dinner.
Panel 2: She thought-bubbles how the table setting is to the standards of Better Homes And Gardens.
Panel 3: Elly sets things into motion by asking if they've noticed that the new napkins match the place mats.
Panel 4: Since Elly doesn't understand how little her children understand, her boasting about the pattern of the cloth napkins is what I like to call 'tempting fate.'
Panel 5: Lizzie eats her food in the same ugly, smacky, messy, gobbly way Pattersons usually eat.
Panel 6: Having caught her wiping her hands on her clothing, Elly tells Lizzie to look at the mess she's making of her dress.
Panel 7: Elly does the palms-out thing when she asks Lizzie why she didn't use the napkins.
Panel 8: She looks down at the napkins and notices something Elly doesn't because Mommy is too busy doing that stupid palms-out garbage in an attempt to get her to bellow "HAIL HYDRA!" to see it.
Panel 9: When Lizzie tells her that she wiped her hands on her dress because the napkins were too nice to get dirty, Elly is, as she always is when encountering little kid logic, totally gobsmacked.
Summary: This is yet another reminder that Lynn can only ever react to what children do by being totally baffled. A sour frown or angry grimace might be more realistic but they're not Lynn. She would have been made equally unmanned and witless if Lizzie said the napkins were dry-clean only while her dress was more washable.