(Strip Number 585, Original Publication Date, 3 April 1984)
Panel 1: John picks up where he left off yesterday by explaining that when he was single, he never would have dared asking someone as attractive as Susan on a date.
Panel 2: You see, he would have been afraid of being turned down.
Panel 3: He then reminds Elly what he really thinks of her by telling her that she has no idea how badly being turned down by a beautiful woman would crush his ego.
Panel 4: Realizing that she's possibly been called at best homely, she asks him what gave him the courage to date HER.
Summary: While he tap-dances his way out of it tomorrow, the damage has been done. Elly realizes that he married her for her wide, child-bearing hips and her readiness to swallow her pride in exchange for things. Gee. I wonder if she realizes that her using a national forum to tell Rod that he's a creep because she can't imagine anyone actually thinking she's beautiful might have impacted her marriage.