(Strip Number 1418, Original Publication Date, 13 February 1989)
Panel 1: We start things off with a panicky-looking Anne on the phone. As we wonder for what's probably the ten-thousandth time why someone as cold and unapproachable as Elly merits the nickname 'El', Anne tells her that she's looked everywhere for a babysitter only to come up empty-handed. Insert comment about how everyone else held out for more dough here.
Panel 2: As Mike races around jovially tormenting a horrified Liz with an ice cube because he's bored and she's there, Anne reminds Elly that the boy is (nominally) thirteen as a means of pointing out that in her desperation, she's clutching at the stupidest straw ever.
Panel 3: As Mike jams the ice-cube in his kid sister's ear for kicks, Elly bellows at him to not torment his kid sister while she's on the phone.
Panel 4: Having heard that, Annie leaves Elly gobsmacked when she says "Like I said....I'm desperate!!"
Summary: We're about to see two weeks' worth of Michael being on the receiving end of what he has no problem dishing out to Liz. He learns what someone from the Canadian comedy troupe The Frantics called "sweet Richard all" from the experience. Just as he never figures out that Martha is a person, he doesn't take anything away from this about how hard it is for Elly to deal with his bullshit or how she might actually deserve a bit of thanks once in a while.