(Strip Number 4005, Original Publication Date, 13 May 1981)
Panel 1: We start off watching Elly, who's sitting at the typing desk she's set up inthe kitchen, read a textbook. She responds to Mike asking "You doing your homework, Ma?" by closing her eyes and muttering "Uh-huh."
Panel 2: He next asks "You writing another test"; her response to his evilly trying to figure out what's going on when he's "supposed" to sit quietly is to glare the panicked glare of existential horror she adopts when faced with life's demands and halfway yelling "Yes, yes, yes."
Panel 3: She then says "Listen! I said you could stay in here if you didn't talk to me." This is, of course, so she can avoid his wondering why her manual typewriter has been altered into a TRS-80.
Panel 4: His saying "But I'm NOT talking; I'm asking questions." throws her for a loop.
Summary: Once again, Elly reacts to something commonplace like a little boy trying to split hairs as a means of trying to avoid punishment as if it had never happened to her before. Also, she once again insists on the idea that interacting with her family is somehow deleterious to the creative process; this unbelievable belief is, sadly, one the little boy being treated like a burden internalizes.