(Original Publication Date, 16 October 1990)
Panel 1: Elly is not stopping Michael from going out, but she does tell him, I mean, tilts her head back and screams at him, she wants it to be (not "It is going to be") the last late night this week. As we learned yesterday, Michael has been out with Martha three nights in a row. This makes night number four. I guess it’s something to limit your son to going out just four nights a week, if he has been going out every night.
Panel 2: Elly wants him to go straight to the mall and straight home. What? Why wouldn’t Michael to go Martha’s house and like a gentleman escort her to the mall then escort her home and then come home? Oh wait! I forgot that Michael is not a gentleman. He’s a Patterson.
Panel 3: 10:30 pm? My local mall closes at 9 pm, except for the movie theater. Maybe things are different in the 1990s Milborough Mall.
Panel 4: What is this “we”? John doesn’t get to make any claims here. There is not a lot of parenting going on, but the one thing that is clear is that Elly is doing all of it.
Summary: Look at poor Elly and John lamenting that their son does not listen to them. The real issue with Michael is not the lack of listening but the lack of real parenting. Michael literally can go where he wants and with whom he wants almost whenever he wants. That would be a teenager dream.