(Strip Number 1382, Original Publication Date, 9 December 1987)
Panel 1: We find John at a men's wear store as the clerk confirms that yes, sir, she can sell him driving gloves.
Panel 2: When she asks him if he would also like a tweed cap, John says "I think so."
Panel 3: He also wants a red cashmere scarf to go with the rest of the "ridiculous" get-up.
Panel 4: John is blissfully unaware that the clerk is laughing at him behind his back when he says that he's not just buying a car, he's buying a lifestyle.
Summary: What he's really buying is a stick Elly can beat him over the head with any time she wants him to pry open his wallet. What Rod was buying when he wanted to open up a new clinic is years of derision from a nasty baggage who isn't nearly as nice or smart as she thinks she is.