Panel three is rife with mystery today. Why are the woman and her pet baby fox reacting with such fear to Garfield? Why draw such a hideous and distracting character? What kind of person is that woman supposed to be? Is there Jem and the Holograms cosplay afoot in Garfield? Misguided tribute to Divine?
Not that the off-stage conversation in the first two panels is hard for me to follow or anything, but at first glance there's no reason to "know" who is speaking. I didn't think for a second that Jon was asking Liz where her cat is. Not for a second.
Please, Jim Davis, give me more Garfield with as much blank space as depicted in today's opening panels. Also more punchlines about the alienation of modern man, such as our hero staring into the eyes of a terrified stranger and silently pleading that she understand his loss of personal identity.