Here we have one of the more interesting questions about the Peanuts strip. Schulz and Peanuts makes the claim, if I remember it correctly, that the two Pattys, the original and the "Peppermint" variety, were based on the same person. At first that assumption seems laughable, despite the two sharing the same name, but think. Besides this strip, every physical contest we've seen Patty in (marbles, mostly, and mostly against Charlie Brown), she's won. And their times in the strip don't intersect very much; one wanes right when the other waxes.
Oh well. Idle speculation aside, I think this strip has a hilarious final panel. I don't know of any other strip that would think to end it so understatedly, or half as effectively.
One weird thing though: look at the backgrounds of the last two panels. They're completely different!
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