(Strip Number 775, Original Publication Date, 29 December 1984)
Panel 1: As our story continues, we find Elly setting things up for the New Year's Eve party. As she does so, Mike pathetically pleads with her to let him and Lizzie to stay up and be part of the New Year's Eve party and promises that they'll both be good.
Panel 2: Elly turns her back to him when she tells him that she wants the two of them in bed asleep before the guests arrive.
Panel 3: To Elly's surprise, Mike says that this is way unfair and wants to be given one reason howcome he and Lizzie can't stay up an'watch everyone.
Panel 4: Elly turns to him and says "Blackmail."
Summary: Great. Super. The default assumption is that if Mike has the ability to observe adults doing stupid things under the influence, he'll use it for nefarious ends. Lynn 'proves' this point by having Mike start a trash fire with a cigar and slam down all the booze....which is sort of stupid when you come to think of it.