(Strip Number 4044, Original Publication Date, 12 August 2010)
Panel 1: We find ourselves at a local tavern where John and Ted are having a cold one; John says "So you met Connie; you DO realize she's liberated?"
Panel 2: Instead of asking him if they're living in the late sixties instead of the early eighties, Ted says that he did get a lecture on chauvinism, servitude and being taken for granted.
Panel 3: Ted tells John not to worry because he's open-minded and willing to change.
Panel 4: His jesting remark about thanking Connie twice for doing his laundry causes John the Deadly Serious to do a spit take.
Summary: I'm finally starting to get a handle on why it is that John and Elly detest Ted so much: he laughs at things. We've spent entirely too long watching the two of them piss, moan, gripe and fret about things that turned out well despite their grey-faced predictions of despair and doom so to have a man who smiles and chuckles when he should be leadenly serious is an abomination in their dismal eyes. That being said, I wonder how many citizens of Kool-Aid Nation will realize that this strip was dated the day it was published.