(Strip Number 1481, Original Publication Date, 16 September 1989)
Panel 1: Lawrence seems to be checking Gordon’s pulse as he lies on the floor with his tongue lolling out. I guess it’s a good thing Lawrence was brought up by a woman who works (Does Connie still work?) in the medical profession. After he finishes with Gordon, maybe Lawrence can take a look at Michael, whose eyes appear to have been glued together causing him to lean way over to the left with motion lines included as if he has to lean over to see the readers through the panel box. Michael warns the readers to stand aside and recaps the hormone attack from yesterday. We see an orange-haired kid (Darryl Smythe?) who is unidentified looking at Michael if he is the focus of attention. I don’t blame him. Look at all that dandruff flying off Michael’s head, and he probably wonders just who Mike is talking to.
Panel 2: The hormone attack infection that causes purpling the bodies shows up again as everyone around Gordon turns purple. Someone has managed to put a sheaf of paper in his hand (which he was previously not holding). I assume this is to make Gordon look like a normal sheaf-carrying student as a teacher says, “What’s going on?” In the purple crowd we see one character that appears to be female, which is fairly amazing all things considered. Maybe this was intended to be early Tracey, but her hair is blackened in.
Panel 3: Michael explains to the teacher that Allyson Creemore walked by in spandex shorts and Gordon freaked out. The old fellow looks at Michael glassy-eyed as if to say, “When I was a guest character in Mary Worth, we never had stories this idiotic. Mary was all class.” A real teacher would send Gordon Mayes to the school nurse and would assume that Michael was an idiot. After all, the kid said he couldn’t see and he was feeling weak and he was lying on the floor getting his pulse checked. We have not seen a decent teacher in Lizzie or Michael’s school, since Lynn Johnston moved to Corbeil five years ago and that cycle continues here.
Panel 4: The whole gang has risen and they are magically de-purpled. On the floor is the dazed Gordon and the amazing girl who has not run in fear from Gordon. Forget Tracey, Gordon. It’s this girl you want to ask to see a movie. She is the only one that doesn’t have her hands in her pockets as if she might actually try to help Gordon to his feet, unlike all his so-called “friends” with their hands conveniently in their pants pockets.
The teacher who leaves after Panel 3 apparently talked about two more years to retirement, which is a punchline that comes up a lot with teachers in this comic strip almost as much as “for this I spent 4 years in teacher’s college.”
Summary: It’s funny when teachers hate their jobs and hate the students. That’s comedy gold.