(Strip Number 543, Original Publication Date, 31 January 1984)
Panel 1: We find ourselves at the breakfast table; as Elly hands him his toast, Mike asks Elly "You gotta go to work today, don't you, Mom?" She says uh-huh.
Panel 2: Given that he's a Patterson, it should come as no surprise that his mouth is full of food when he says that he thought so.
Panel 3: Judging from the fact that her face is frozen in the Goggle-eyed Stare of Existential Horror™, his comment about how she looks nice for a change clearly fills her with despair.
Summary: As I said, it would have been a lot better if she'd reacted to his stupidity with annoyance instead of despair; THAT would put cameras in houses.