Panel 2: Proud? Or relieved? And she may not be putting food in his mouth, but she sure is putting words in it.
Panel 3: See? And one would think this would be an incentive for Jim to start talking again: so he can SAY what he's thinking.
Panel 4: Whoa. He has got a long way to go. Still, he made the effort. Good for him.
Panel 5: Sigh. And Liz thinks this is charming.
Really, man. Iris has known for years that Jim does not like to be infantalized. But she does it anyway. Are we sure she's only a Richards by marriage? Or has she become this way due to prolonged exposure to Elly?