And I'm wrong: it's a single panel strip that reminds us that children are an unbearable burden everyone has to endure.
Panel 1: We're in the Pattermanse's bathroom; the tub has overflowed because Mike
Summary: In and of itself, this is a slice of boring life; as part of a pattern, though, it's far less benign. It's just another entry in the long list of things that Mike did to be unfair to Elly. The nerve of him, telling her that crazy story about not being able to turn things when his hands are wet; if she believed him, she'd have to watch over him in the tub instead of going off somewhere to sigh and gripe like she wants to.