(Strip Number 4581, Original Publication Date, 12 March 1986)
Panel 1: A few minutes later, we find ourselves watching Mike on the phone because Elly asks him that since he's home alone anyway, could he please cut and peel some carrots for dinner?
Panel 2: She further ruins his life by asking him to set the table. He starts to object to this cruel imposition but, well, it's sort of too late.
Panel 3: That's because he gets the "Thanks-buh-bye-be-back-soon-CLICK!!!" thing before he can whine about living in a Soviet gulag.
Panel 4: He then immediately loses the sympathy of not only Lynn's audience but also me by whining "What am I.....some kind of HOUSEWIFE?!" as if the word means "slave" or something.
Summary: While it's sort of obvious that Mike has been around John too damned long, it's also obvious that being around Elly and her non-stop wailing about housework has made him see the domestic stuff he tries to duck as being some sort of cruel punishment. Still, though, if he'd tried saying that in my house, let's just say it's a good thing his dad is a dentist because he'd be crawling on the floor picking up his teeth.