(Strip Number 774, Original Publication Date, 28 December 1984)
Panel 1: As John reads his paper, Mike comes in and talks about all of the awful stuff Mom is makin'for the New Years' Eve party.
Panel 2: Since Mike is a child, it's not much of a surprise that a menu consisting of what he describes as cheese stuff, liver stuff and olives mixed up with fish aren't very appealing.
Panel 3: He then asks why Mom always makes that stuff for parties. John doesn't know either.
Panel 4: As Elly scowls the Angry Scowl of Outrage in the background, John makes an assy comment about how after a few wet ones, even her regular cooking tastes good.
Summary: Nice one, pal. She really hates being reminded of how little people care for her idea of gourmet cuisine.