An ordinary day at the office, where your boss suggests you slither out of your matrimonial bonds and start sleeping around:

How old is Scoop?

Note the Distant City in the second panel. A strange towre; smokes on both ends. There's a boat to indicate a river.

As for Scoop's problem - he has to endure matrimonial obligations in the summer - he's about to get a big surprise, courtesy of an unusual source: the cartoonist's desperation.