(Strip Number 5157, Original Publication Date, 21 July 1989)
Panel 1: As they walk through the midway, Phil, Liz and Mike are impressed when they see an extra from Mad Max walk by with a carnival prize-sized teddy bear.
Panel 2: This inspires them to try their luck at a sort of coin toss game that replaces plates with up-ended wine glasses. As expected, Mike and Liz look as if a tank ran over a kitten because their coins bounce off instead of staying put.
Panel 3: They try again and get the same result.
Panel 4: Having lost the game and having observed another mutant with a carnival prize, Phil speculates that they hire fake winners to walk around and sucker people into thinking that they have a chance.
Summary: This is another sign that he's related to Elly. Both Richards children tend to be idiotically cynical and, as his randomly damning a whole class of seventh graders because being engaged brought out the petulant brat in him indicates, blame-deflecting in the face of their own incompetence.