(Original Publication Date, 16 August 1991)
Panel 1: We find ourselves back at the Pattermanse watching Mike hand Liz a trinket he got her at the airport gift shop in Winnipeg. As she expresses mild disbelief that he got her something nice, we notice that Farley is sniffing something that's on Mike's pants.
Panel 2: He continues to do so as Mike tells Elly that Aunt Bev sent her the jar of preserves he's handing over and that he got John a really neat book to
Panel 3: When Elly asks Mike why the dog is sniffing his jeans, Mike thinks that he doesn't know for sure but guesses that there's something from the barn stuck to them. Yuck. Boarding a plane with dirty jeans. So classic Mike. He doesn't become Wonderful all at once and the presence of Liz makes him backslide.
Panel 4: When Elly asks "STUFF?" because she wonders how many times she's going to have to wash the dungarees to get them clean, Mike smiles as he says that he wanted to bring home something for everyone who isn't The Ape. Hmm. I wonder if Bev knows that she has a new niece now.
Summary: Next week, we'll be saying that it must have leaked out of his skull owing to how he reacts to Martha's being intimidated by his torrent of authentic farming gibberish. This is so that at long last, I can explain why I think Mike needs to have his head nailed to the floor for how he treats Martha.