(Strip 4450, Original Publication Date, 14 November 1984)
Panel 1: Now that the family is gulping down Elly's heartburn-inducing sludge, Mike asks John if he's gonna hire someone pretty t'be his new assistant.
Panel 2: A mildly-outraged John tells Mike that decisions like that aren't based on something as trivial as looks but are the result of serious interviews.
Panel 3: He then goes on to state that he and his staff review each candidate to see if their qualifications, work history, attitude, ability and references make them a good fit professionally.
Panel 4: When he mentions that despite all that, the actual deal-maker is that Elly has to like the person in question, Elly is mildly put out.
Summary: This is because it's revealed that John has to hire someone who might not be as qualified as she should be so as to appease the suspicious idiot he married.