(Strip Number 821, Original Publication Date, 21 March 1985)
Panel 1: Elly lays on the bed and tells herself how great it is that she's in a hotel room for two nights.
Panel 2: The idea of not having to cook meals no one appreciates, clean up after slobs and chase after kids who don't see her as being a human being in her own right has her so pumped, she's capering like a lunatic.
Panel 3: After all, it feels as if it's been thousands of years since she's been by herself.
Panel 4: She then looks in the mirror and greets the stranger therein.
Summary: This particular strip is the most depressing one that I can think of. After all, Elly never really does live for herself and ends up having to live through Michael. What we have here is what Tvtropes calls a hope spot in that it promises Elly a freedom she never gets to experience. Also, today's notes are a free-form rant about how Lynn loves to see a well-kept hotel room as it's a pleasant change from the CHAOS!!!! on tap at home.