(Strip Number 586, Original Publication Date, 4 April 1984)
Panel 1: John's sputtering response to Elly's question is a panicky "Come on, El! When I said Susan was pretty, I didn't mean to imply you weren't."
Panel 2: He continues by saying that it's natural to be "attracted" to other people--he was simply saying it out loud.
Panel 3: Instead of commenting on how he was doing more than saying, Elly stands there scowling while he says "Don't take me the wrong way! I didn't mean to hurt..."
Panel 4: She then cuts him off and smilingly tells him that he looks cute when he's guilty.
Summary: Wow, this sure is a healthy relationship, eh? It seems to me that Elly isn't looking to be told she's pretty AND approachable....she's just looking for something she can nail him with later.