(Strip Number 1371, Original Publication Date, 21 November 1988)
Panel 1: We find ourselves at the bus stop on a blustery, snowy late November day. While other people's hair, clothing and (in an oblivious Lizzie's case) homework are being blown around by the breeze, Mike stands there smugly smirking because he's put so much gel in his hair, it's like he's wearing a helmet. Lawrence points this out by saying "Now that's what I call gel!!"
Summary: This is yet another battleground in Lynn's war against her children wanting to look how they want to look; said battle takes its most intensive form when Elly makes that hateful comment about April looking like a pole dancer. That being said, we switch from me talking about how Elly turns her kids' "wanting to look like and/or not getting teased by their friends" into "I hate you, love, God and happiness" to howtheduck looking at Lynn not being able to handle rejection by someone she seems to have stood no chance with well and turning Mike into a repulsive and overbearing scoundrel (and Martha into a needy jerk who tosses her friends aside to appeal to the creep) in the process.