(Strip Number 4501, Original Publication Date, 24 May 1985)
Panel 1: Mike asks Elly the very good question of why everyone has to eat yucky, tasteless, unappealing diet food when she's the only one actually on a diet.
Panel 2: She smiles as she explains that if she has to make a special meal for herself, the fact that she's duty bound to make sure that everyone eats the same thing because otherwise, they'd defeat her by making a short-order cook of her.
Panel 3: She then points out that unlike him, Daddy isn't complaining.
Panel 4: John thought-bubbles that he's keeping his mouth shut because he wants to live to see retirement.
Summary: He's also trying to avoid digging a hole trying to explain that no, he doesn't want her to be fat and no, he doesn't hate her cooking and a whole bunch of other opinions she assigns to him because she never outgrew the belief that criticism comes from hatred.