Panel 1: It's the end of another day at the office. Jean tells John that she heard Elly's leaving town for a few days. John confirms that she's packed and ready to go.
Panel 2: It's been a while she saw her parents so John suggested that she go see them and take a few days away from the house.
Panel 3: John then says that he'll try his hand at solo parenting and look after the kids on his own. He thinks it'll be easy enough but he's in for a week of Mike telling him that he's not doing the housework the insanely labor-intensive and witlessly inefficient way Elly does it and when is she coming hoooome and whyyyyy did she abandon him is he that baaaaaaad a kid so Jean's telling him he's a nice guy is a misuse of the language. "Foolhardy jackass" would be more life it.
Panel 4: His smugly pointing out that Ted thinks that he's a saint for doing this is either inspired by his desire to impress his 'friend' or take another potshot at him.
Summary: We could safely call this week's storyline "Dead Trainman Walking"; this is because John will be so horrified by his children's insane neediness and selfishness that he refuses to inflict them on daycare workers; if Elly has to delay her career goals until these idiots are old enough to be out of the house, she'll have to take one for the team and wait a while.
ETA: The Friendships are Forever banner is back up.