(Original Publication Date, 14 October 1990)
Panel 1: We find ourselves watching Elly rake the leaves as Mike carries a previously raked pile away in a basket.
Panel 2: Liz holds a garbage bag open so that Mike can dump the basket into it.
Panel 3: The strip proper begins with Elly pointing out how lovely the trees are.
Panel 4: She waxes nostalgic about how small they were when they moved in a decade ago.
Panel 5: They've grown so much in that time, she cannot imagine life without them. Mike is about to say something ironic without realizing it when he says that he can.
Panel 6: His lack of self-awareness when declaring that all they do is hang around and create a mess for everyone else to clean up is almost delicious because he does not understand that the point of this strip is to hammer home the fact that he is supposedly describing himself.
Panel 7: As he prepares to mindlessly dump his coat on the floor because putting in on a hook is soooooo much work, it'll kill him dead, he says that you clean up after them only to have them make a mess all over again.
Panel 8: Elly thought-bubbles "I know....."
Panel 9: She then looks at the clothes Mike thoughtlessly left for her to pick up and muses that they're just like part of the family.
Summary: This is sort of ironic not just because Mike has no idea that he's being used as a mouthpiece for victim parenting, he's also about to become another sort of monster to scare idiot Yahoovians with: the smart-alec who gets punished for seeing too clearly. howtheduck will spend the next nine days pointing that out.