(Strip Number 6099, Original Publication Date, 6 February 1983)
Panel 1: As we start things off, we find Mike lying down on the couch sighing in despair.
Panel 2: His face is frozen in the Bug-Eyed Glare of Existential Horror as he thought-bubbles about how there have got to be more than twenty-four hours in a day.
Panel 3: He then sits with head in hands as he thought-bubbles about how there's nothing, nothing, nothing and nothing to do.
Panel 4: The sudden presence of the something to do called "answering the door" causes him to frown the Gorey-eyed Frown of Misaimed Rage.
Panel 5: A bored Mike answers Gordo's request to join him playing road hockey with a bored nope.
Panel 6: He also says nope to going to the park and busting icicles.
Panel 7: After Gord leaves, Elly sits Mike down and tells him that he's been whining about having nothing to do all morning before asking why he turned Gordo down flat when he came around trying to get him to do stuff.
Panel 8: Mike whines that Gordon didn't want to do what he wanted to do.
Panel 9: Elly asks what that thing is.
Panel 10: Glum Mike glumly says "Nothin'"; this irritates Elly.
Summary: What Elly doesn't understand is that Mike seems to have learned her philosophy too well. Years of being told to stop running around and making noise and an utter lack of stimulation have turned him from a normal, happy, active little boy into the Mike we know and loathe: a passive lump with all the imagination of a stick of butter.