(Strip Number 1395, Original Publication Date, 12 January 1989)
Panel 1: As Elly gets dressed to go out, she tells Mike and Liz that she's gotta be at hockey mom's in half an hour. When she tells them that there are TV dinners in the oven, Liz is okay with that but Mike acts as if Elly read his love note in public to her girlfriends.
Panel 2: Elly tells Michael to not glare at her because he has to eat John's cooking. After all, it's because he wanted to play pee-wee hockey that she has to do this in the first place. If he hadn't decided to waste everyone's life playing hockey, she could stay home.
Panel 3: We foreshadow his running home crying to Deanna because Gluttson asks him to make an unpopular decision by telling her that she can just fake sick and not go.
Panel 4: Elly tells him that he's wrong about her not being obliged to go because if she doesn't, it'll look as if she isn't supportive. The obviousness of this escapes him.
Summary: Mike never seems to have understood that his choices in life affected the people around him. This is why he eventually made an ass of himself by resigning from Portrait and leaving someone else to clean up his mess. Also, there'd be more of a gender balance at the boosters club, don't you think?