Ons and offs
We'll call it three today:
Cow and Boy by Mark Leiknes
Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau
Red and Rover by Brian Basset
Overboard and Foxtrot are off.
Either the second or third panel could be left out, but the passing time is essential to the gag. For what it's worth.
Here, the absence of the second cookie in the penultimate panel is necessary. This whole what-if-the-Foxtrot-kids-were-cookies thing has got to end. I have a feeling this is what made Bill Amend decide to retire as a daily cartoonist. He looked up from his drawing board one morning and realized, holy crap, I've done a week's worth of gags about cookies.
Doonesbury counts, but I think this is a very necessary SPP.
If you look through the archives here it turns out that when Trudeau uses an SPP, it is most often a dramatic one. The SPP is necessary here for the tone to change as well as it does from dramatic to comic.