(Strip Number 4034, Original Publication Date, 11 July 1981)
Panel 1: Scanning the panel from left to right, we see the following things:
- John standing in the driveway with a sheepish grin on his face.
- A barely-awake Elly with a camera around her neck and her purse in her left hand.
- Farley and Lizzie sitting in the hatchback
- Mike standing next to the car wearing his snorkel and holding up his flippers.
The reason for this tableau can be summarized by what John says: "After getting everybody up at six AM, (heh heh) it would be funny if I couldn't find the car keys, wouldn't it?"
Summary: So far, things are going pretty much as one would expect given what we know about these people; I for one can believe that John would be in a blind rush to get his family out of bed at an ungodly hour to beat traffic and thus forget his keys. I can also believe that he's the sort of idiot who takes twisty backroads that waste a lot of time in order to avoid highway traffic. We'll see THAT come into play Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; we'll also see the really important thing he forgot Thursday: the directions to Ted's nice little cottage.