(Strip Number 4337, Original Publication Date, 13 June 1983)
Panel 1: We start things off with Mike disturbing Elly's killing houseplants by pointing out that Gordo got new rollerskates for his birthday so could we buy a pair pleeeeeeeeeeeease?
Panel 2: She says okay but he'll have to earn the money. He's fine with that.
Panel 3: The first task on her kiddy-do list is to weed the back lawn.
Panel 4: Since the point of this arc is to nag Aaron about his being a lazy spendthrift, a horrified Mike goads the Diane Siracusas of the world to write passive-aggressive comments about how kids are so rotten these days by whining "But Mom....THAT'S WORK!!!"
Summary: Along the way to his being hammered over the head about wasting his money on frivolities, we see that Mike never was very smart with his money. Then again, he had crappy teachers. I'm looking at you, Elly "This is a system?" Patterson.