(Strip Number 196, Original Publication Date, 19 November 1981)
Panel 1: We start off with Darryl, Lawrence and Gordo at the playground looking to their right; when Darryl tells Mike that Deanna is coming, he looks like he got hit on the head with a board.
Panel 2: Since he's a small boy, Darryl finds the idea that Mike LOVES Deanna amusingly disgusting enough to serve as a raison d'etre for that fine old game "Humiliate your buddy."
Panel 3: As they shove him forward to get laughed at and lose his street cred, Darryl tells him that they told Deanna that he had something special to tell her.
Panel 4: He yells that he's going to get them for this.
Summary: The problem I initially had is that we have yet another example of Lynn not realizing or caring that what happens on the playground doesn't stay there. We all know that she doesn't think that children or their concerns are important because they can't get things done for her. That's when I remembered the whole 'accident' thing and realized that we're eventually going to get Version Three of the "real Deanna" story. The first one had her die in a car wreck and had Aaron act like the insensitive clod we see Mike behaving like. The second turned him into an idiotic ghoul who wanted to share his lovely footage of a suicide victim twisting slowly in the wind with the world and was put out because the network said it would be in poor taste (especially during the six o'clock news). Do we even want to know what the third version will be?