We have yet another strip featuring Elly being filled with horror and despair at something Michael does. That's because Dainty Doll Boy Michael, having watched Elly trim a hedge, decides to imitate her by cutting off Farley's fur with safety scissors; gobsmackage occurs because Elly is totally defeated by this.
Panel 1: We see Eyeless Elly in the backyard trimming a hedge; as expected, we have to deal with unsound effects because Lynn thinks that otherwise, we'd assume that Elly was playing freeze-tag while holding garden shears. The motion lines and flying foliage aren't enough to her.
Panel 2: As she goes merrily on CLIPPING and CUTTING, she seems to have no idea that she's attracted Mike's attention. The reason he doesn't ask what she's doing is that he's got a lollipop in his mouth.
Panel 3: We see the same general thing from a different angle so that we can see that Elly, who lost her eyes again, is nearly finished. We also see other shrubs she's pared down to nothing.
Panel 4: As she finishes up CLIPPING and CUTTING, Mike takes a close look at the fruits of her labor: a hedge trimmed down to bare branches.
Panel 5: As Elly finds something else to CLIP and CUT, we see a close-up of his face as he takes out the lollipop he'd been nursing this whole time; he smiles because his muse has inspired him.
Panel 6: He walks inside with what is supposed to be a purposeful stride but instead looks like a Silly Walk.
Panel 7: He then takes a pair of safety scissors from Elly's sewing supplies; Lynn represents his humming to himself by having him thought-bubble poorly-drawn musical notes.
Panel 8: We next see him trimming Farley's fur in an effort to be like his mother; Elly's reaction is not the standard Triangle of Horror. She's so horrified, she also has the Teeth of Evil.
Summary: We are once again treated to Elly acting as if there is no recourse to be taken here; she might punish Mike but she cannot seem to deflect his energies into productive channels. We also see a distillation of all the strips wherein Elly is totally confused and frightened because her children use scissors in a way she never anticipated.