Schulz was a master craftsman, he worked in a 4 panel setup as a comedian with a delivery in the fourth panel. What if you removed the fourth panel? How would the strip stand? You will be amazed with the results. This has shades of Garfield Minus Garfield. Don’t know if the Schulz lawyers feel the same way about the idea.
Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comics often conceal the existential despair of their world with a closing joke at the characters’ expense. With the last panel omitted, despair pervades all.-3eanuts