I think this is quite a charming strip, despite the return to the theme of mud pie baking. Frames 6-8 contain what I consider to be among the most winning drawings of Patty Schulz ever drew. I think it's the hair; the dirt lends it a shading that makes it seem a bit more real, a bit less stylized.
Patty's willingness to get messy echoes the character of "Peppermint" Patty. Schulz and Peanuts notes that the two are based on the same real-life person, making the flavored version kind of a revision of the original.
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