(Strip Number 4056, Original Publication Date, 31 August 1981)
Panel 1: We start today's proceedings at the playground at will turn out to be the end of recess; Darryl, who's sitting on the stairway next to Mike and Lawrence says "Boy, out of all the teachers in this school, we get Mrs Hardacre." (Get it? Hard acre...stony field....no give to her at all. Subtle as a mallet to the noggin, eh?)
Panel 2: Darryl reminds us that the woman has a reputation for ferocity and hating children by betting that she lives in a cave and eats kids for breakfast.
Panel 3: Mike hangs a lampshade on the fact that she has little tolerance for wiseasses like himself by suggesting that she rides to school on a broom every morning.
Panel 4: Lawrence points out that she's standing behind them with a frown on her face by betting that the three of them are in a lot of trouble.
Summary: I'll take THAT action, Future Straight Gay!! The trouble they're in for is for dawdling after the recess bell rang. Speaking of which, I'd like to talk about the problem I have with her characterization; as we know, Lynn has her declare time and again that the only reason that she's hard on him is that she sees potential going to waste in the service of jackassery. This makes me wonder what would happen if she'd decided he was an idiot who wasn't going anywhere; would she let him sit in a pile of his own bodily wastes? I mean, isn't it a teacher's job to behave as if every child had the potential for greatness instead of nurturing a pet irritant while ignoring the rest of the class?