(Strip Number 3685, Original Publication Date, 19 June 1981)
Panel 1: We start off with Elly on the phone with Connie; she tells her that if her sitter is sick, she'd be glad to have Lawrence come over to her place; it should be noted that she's reaching into a box of tissues because Mike has a runny nose that he's wiping on his hand. (eeeeewww.)
Panel 2: As she gets Mike to blow his nose into a Kleenex like a civilized human being, Elly tells Connie "Sure, he can play with Michael until you get home."
Panel 3: She smiles as she tells Connie that she expects her to ask for such favors. Ordinarily, that would be the only thing I'd comment on but I'm distracted by what she's doing; judging from the way Mike's face is all scrunched up, it looks as if Elly is pinching and twisting it in order to get the mucus out.
Panel 4: As Mike rubs his nose against the back of his hand to soothe the pain, Elly smirks and says that it's one of the hazards of not working.
Summary: This is a lead-in to tomorrow's strip wherein we remind ourselves that Mike started out with the same rather nebulous understanding of economics that he finished up with; this is also a reminder that Elly wishes that she had a friend like her. At least this time she's smiling but the message is still the same: being a stay-at-home mother is like having a kick-me sign on your back.