Panel 2: Oh cripes. Please don't let this end up in more infantilization of Liz, as she gets all flustered and stammers and leaves out key info. I don't want it to come to that: that she's helpless in all situations.
Panel 3: Thank you, Lynnions. I hadn't thought about it, but without this panel, there probably would be a lot of people saying, "What DID happen? I don't remember seeing it! Did it happen off-panel? Who is Howard, anyway?"
Panel 4: That totally does not look like Liz. Well, whoever you are, go ahead and be accurate, because that IS fair. Just make it good. We deserve a payoff already.