(Strip Number 6712, Original Publication Date, 6 December 1987)
Panel 1: We start off at seven in the morning on a typical week-day. As always, John and Elly are comatose when the clock radio comes on and the disk jockey wishes his listeners a happy good morning.
Panel 2: Since Elly has never associated the adjectives good or happy with the noun morning, she angrily slaps the snooze button.
Panel 3: Elly saunters down the hallway scratching herself as she gets ready to start another day of comic misadventures and social indignation.
Panel 4: Michael touches off the conflict by starting to open the curtains. As he does so, a freaked-out Elly tells him not to do.
Panel 5: She asks him why he wants to destroy her by making the neighbours see her in her nightgown.
Panel 6: She then lectures him about how a family needs privacy and how the neighbours don't need to see them at their worst.
Panel 7: Having noticed a sound that isn't pious chatter coming from someone who doesn't understand that it's too late to worry about being seen at their worst, Mike tells her that the garbage truck has just passed by. This alarms her.
Panel 8: Reason: if she misses the truck, this would be the second time this week.
Panel 9: In order to prevent John from rooting around dumpsters and losing things, we see Elly rushing down the street in her housecoat to make sure she doesn't miss the garbageman.
Summary: While Elly will probably turn around and blame Michael for her own damned negligence again, it's sort of obvious to me that Elly's worries about what the neighbours will think are pretty much her barring the gate after the horse bolted.