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No. 1862: Past In Flux Redux

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Past In Flux Redux

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Strip by: Goombella

Jon: Remember when we first met, Liz?
Liz: Yes.
Jon: Let's re-create that moment.
Jon: By the way there, Doc, what's your name?
Liz: Liz.

The author writes:

After seeing #1753, I couldn't help but think the reason Davis keeps screwing up when Jon and Liz met, is because it's really the most boring thing ever, especially for a third panel punchline.

Also, I actually went by when they truly met, that is, formally introducing themselves, rather than the first thing she said to him.

Original strips: 2013-10-25, 1979-06-27.

Admin note: Submitter Sir Bacon submitted the following strip just a few days later:

alternative version

Inspired by #1045, #1046, and #1753.

I like to think that the later strips that those SRoMGs reference refer to events that happened off-panel in the earlier strips, as in the following recreation:

Liz: Who's next, please?
Jon: {to himself} I think I just died and went to heaven. {to Liz} Hi, I'm Jon.
Liz: {absently, as Jon puts Garfield on examination table} You're standing on my foot. {looks at Jon} Nice teddy bear tie.
Jon: By the way, there, Doc, what's your name?
Liz: Liz.
Of course, that becomes something of a Voodoo Shark, as Jon doesn't wear a tie in the old comics at all, teddy bears or not. However, the strip where Jon first sees Liz he just happens to be holding Garfield in front of him in such a way that it obscures the entirety of his torso, meaning he could be wearing a tie hidden by Garfield, which he then removed and bashfully stuffed in his pocket or threw awat after Liz commented on it.

On the subject of this SRoMG itself, you may have noticed I had Jon and Liz slightly misquote themselves; I did that for the sake of realism, as people getting even a famous quote correct is, shall we say, rare, much less when it's something they themselves said only once several years ago. I figured them being this close to what they actually said was unrealistic enough.