(Strip Number 1450, Original Publication Date, 15 April 1989)
Panel 1: We join a conversation already in progress. Michael has told Martha something to which she responds, “You can?!!” What did Michael say?:
- My mom says I can have a mixed party for my birthday.
- I discovered if I put my hands in my pockets, I can thrust my groin out really far.
- I discovered that if I put my papers in my locker, I don’t have to carry them back to school.
- I discovered if I talk to a girl and concentrate really hard, I can make her head spin around completely backwards. I think can do it to you.
- I didn’t actually say anything. I have learned to project my thoughts. Watch as I think about my birthday party.
- I discovered that I can make the stripes on the arms of my shirt appear and disappear at will
- Who is going to be at the party.
- Who they don’t want to be at the party.
- What they plan to wear.
Panel 3: Then Lawrence appears out of nowhere with a plant growing out of his crotch (showing an early sign of his future career aptitude) and asks a question that no boy would ever ask, “How do you think it’ll work out?” Real Lawrence would want to communicate two things:
- How did you get your mother to agree to a mixed party?
- I am invited to the party.
Panel 4: Michael stares off in space no doubt to read his punchline, which appears to be nothing more than a joke based on the idea that the word “mixed” has more than one meaning. Other punchline choices considered by Lynn were:
- I don’t know. These girls seems like a can of mixed nuts.
- I don’t know. Mom said she wanted to serve salads of mixed greens.
- I don’t know. I live in a mixed neighborhood.
- I don’t know. My best friend is of mixed South American and Canadian ancestry.
- I don’t know. I got a mixed reaction from mom and dad.
- Please don't ask me what's on my mind I'm a little mixed up, but I'm feelin' fine When I'm near that girl that I love best My heart beats so it scares me to death!