I had a hell of a time with this one, and I’ve been struggling with it off and on for months.  Seldom has a single three-panel blank had so many of my scrawlings all over it.  It’s still rather wordy, but it’s nothing compared to may of the earlier iterations.  I think it works.

As a bonus, for your comparing and contrasting pleasure, here’s an alternate version I considered!

MRS. SHOEBOX’S ASSESSMENT OF TODAY’S STRIP:  I think more people will like this one, but I like the other one.