(Strip Number 1225, Original Publication Date, 17 November 1987)
Panel 1: As they drive home, Mike apologizes to Elly for getting the flu because he was fine when he left and it's not his fault so don't lecture him about how she has better things to do.
Panel 2: As they drive on, an enthusiastic Mike, having noticed that they passed a video rental shop, asks if they can rent a few videos. This baffles Elly to the extent that she repeats the word 'videos' but as a question.
Panel 3: Nothing doing, says Elly. If he's too sick to be in school, he's too sick to watch movies.
Panel 4: They gobsmack one another when he asks if he's supposed to stay in bed all that time.
Summary: What Mike clearly wants is to have a summer Saturday at home with Mom waiting on him hand and foot because of the festering abandonment issues that never really go away.