For comic #2147...
1. Seeing Professor Ellicot-Chatnam's reaction, it is nice to know that forum-goers are not the only ones to 'ship Hanners + Marten so easily, quickly, or misinterpretedly
2. While I am certain the 'shippers are in high-gear for it, panel #3 where Hannelore and Marten are sharing the look towards each other was a very meaningful moment for me. However, it was more akin to Faye & Marten's moment back at #1564
rather than anything potentially romantic.
3. Oh, and the way Hanners is depicted in panel #2 & #3 is very well done art-wise, very expressive (and cute, of course).
4. I had just been reading a science article about the Higgs Bosun particle prior to this strip. Either that is very eerie timing, or Jeph also keeps up with current scientific fads &/or meme's (yes, there are science meme's. be very afraid).
... Comic #896
is what you are thinking of, I believe. However, Hannelore used the boiling water on herself in a sterlizing panic, not on the kisser-boy. [EDIT ADD
: I see you found it yourself. *taps com-badge* Enterprise, one Archive Jockey to beam up. *dematerializes*]
6. Warning -
While you were typing, two new replies were posted. Fortunately one of them is in agreement with yours, so you probably do not need to revise your post.