(Strip Number 7238, Original Publication Date, 29 March 1987)
Panel 1: We start things off with a mildly panicked Elly looking at her reflection.
Panel 2: She asks herself if she should proceed on a course of action.
Panel 3: The strip proper begins when she tells John that she's been thinking of something for a long time now.
Panel 4: The reason for her long deliberation is that said decision will affect her on a personal level for a long time.
Panel 5: She then says that the eighties have been over for a long time now and she's not a kid any more.
Panel 6: She then says that she's a mature adult and should simply do the unspecified thing that's made John curious and possibly a little afraid.
Panel 7: She then asks if she's ready to do it without regret and if after all the agonizing, IT would be the right thing to do.
Panel 8: John responds to the ratcheting up of tension and doubt by asking what the horrible decision is.
Panel 9: Elly pauses because the THING is too horrible to contemplate.
Panel 10: When she asks if she should get her hair cut, John is baffled.
Summary: This is, I think, the first in a series of strips that remind us that Elly really doesn't like the idea of having her hairstyle changed. It terrifies her to think of how people will react because cutting remarks are all she knows. I have a strip with Lizzie in mind that explains why.