(Strip Number 6736, Original Publication Date, 23 October 1988)
Panel 1: We start off with Mike staring at the leaves he's gotta rake up but doesn't want to.
Panel 2: He smiles, thought-bubbles a light bulb and makes that stupid jab-his-index-finger-in-the-air gesture people only make in cartoons to tells us he has a Very Clever Idea™. (Hint: his idea is actually a load of old cobblers.)
Panel 3: Said Very Clever Idea is to put the rake down, smile and walk away.
Panel 4: Conflict is introduced when Elly reacts to his slamming the door on his way in.
Panel 5: As he puts his jacket away, she asks if he's done raking the leaves.
Panel 6: She's so shocked by his saying that he just plain left them, she repeats his declaration back to him as a question.
Panel 7: She takes a while to process his reminder that they're called leaves. This is because she cannot believe that Mike is that stupid.
Panel 8: We see him raking the leaves and musing that it sounded reasonable to him. Given who he is, he probably expected Elly to be as dimwitted as he is.
Summary: It'll also probably have sounded reasonable to Little Lindy but not to Lynn the mother. This means that we can expect Lynn the Not Very Bright Woman to marvel at yet another commonplace thing. What we won't get are notes that confirm that yes, Mike is a pea-brain who needs a spotter to breathe.