A quiet scene in the Baker household, a handful of years before all the badness and madness that is the current Animal storyline. Simpler times.
The first three panels take up the top third of the page, while the fourth panel takes up the remaining two thirds.
1 – Ellen and Mary are in the kitchen, washing dishes. Ellen is washing and Mary is drying. Mary is looking out the window and smiling inwardly. Ellen looks up towards her mother.
ELLEN: What is it, Mom?
2 – Close-up on Mary. She's looking towards Ellen (and the reader), wearing a genuine smile.
MARY: Honey, I know that I've been hard on him, but when I see him with your kids, part of me can't help but see how special Buddy really is.
3 – Switch to Ellen. Her full attention is on her mother. She is happy and relieved to hear such words from her mother's mouth. She's smiling, with some tears welling in the corners of her eyes.
ELLEN (1): ...
ELLEN (2): Thanks, Mom.
4 – An outside shot of the house. Both Ellen and Mary are visible through the window, hugging. However, the main focus is on Buddy playing with Cliff and Maxine (who are younger than they are in the current series). I'm open for how exactly the father and his children are playing, although I would like something physical where they're all touching in some way to emphasize how close they are. Maybe have one child hanging from his outstretched arm while the other runs or crawls between his legs. The important thing is that they're all having a great time, wearing huge grins and laughing.
ELLEN (caption): That means a lot.