(Strip Number 1297, Original Publication Date, 7 June 1988)
Panel 1: As one could expect, John reacts to being told to remodel the kitchen with the same level of enthusiasm he would have for being circumcised by a grass trimmer.
Panel 2: Elly tries pointing out things he doesn't want to hear about how the kitchen is eighteen years old and thus has warped cupboards, appliances that belong in a museum and also the lino has cracked and broken.
Panel 3: Case in point: the ancient toaster is being held together by gaffer's tape, six years worth of breadcrumbs and wishful thinking.
Panel 4: Since John has a stupid mental defect that should be obvious, he thinks that replacing the toaster is a cure-all. Realizing that she married a moron again baffles Elly.
Summary: Strips like this indicate that battles over money were probably the real cause of the breakdown of their marriage. This is because I see a foreshadowing of her bullshit story about him 'stealing' her money after he left....not to mention the ungodly "Where will I put my TRAINS?" thing of making John/Rod look like he should have been named Dick Van Head.