(Strip Number 10995, Original Publication Date, 15 May 1986)
Panel 1: We find Mike on the back porch asking St Elly The Martyr if he can defy the laws of God and Man by going into his own house before sundown.
Panel 2: His poor, pitiful mother tells The Ungrateful Wretch that it's a beautiful day and he should get some fresh air.
Panel 3: He takes three deep breaths.
Panel 4: He again asks if he can now come in to freeze her brain and derail her train of thought and all the other things she tells herself he's doing because she can't understand why he's curious about what she does.
Summary: On the one hand, it wouldn't kill the boy to get out and play instead of vegetating in front of the idiot's lantern. On the other, he kinda thinks he's being punished simply for existing (because he kind of IS) so he'd like to be paroled from his state of exile.