(Strip Number 5132, Original Publication Date, 18 May 1989)
Panel 1: We find Mike outside sitting under a tree looking as if the world had come to an end. When Gordon asks why, Mike explains that Mom nixed the TV for two weeks and that he and Liz have to read.
Panel 2: He then explains that all he and Liz did was say some swears and she went all crazy and junk about how television is turning their minds into blanks. The joke is on Elly because Mike's brain would be blank if television never existed.
Panel 3: Television, you see, is where the people of today get their information (as opposed to old people like her who read because their lives are used up and they hate happiness and smiles and fun because adult is just "dull" with an "a" and a "t" stuck on it). Gordon agrees with this.
Panel 4: When Gordon asks him if he saw anything good, Mike says he did but forgot what it was because Elly is right for the wrong reason.
Summary: What Elly never managed to piece together is that it's not television's fault that Mike's brain is mush. It's the result of being the children of two screaming yipyops who got blasted one fine evening and ended up oopsing a PSA about fetal alcohol syndrome into the world.