Panel 1: We start things off with Connie (who's got auburn hair this week), Anne and a third woman who the description refers to as Gail taking Elly to what she says is her favourite restaurant.
Panel 2: Connie makes me grit my teeth when she says "Anything for you, El" because Elly will never deserve a cute form of her name.
Panel 3: Connie wishes Elly a happy 39th birthday, Annie tells her that it looks good on her and Gail (who was darker the last time) hopes she lives to be a hundred.
Panel 4: Connie asks the group to think about the number of birthdays that they've celebrated together. Elly reminds them that they've known one another for years.
Panel 5: Anne states that they've helped one another through marriages, births and divorces. When she says "Through good times and bad", I pause to reflect that the person who they're honouring drops her like a hot potato for one stupid reason (she got a job and thus was no longer fulfilling her role as 'tender of inconvenient Patterson children') and tells her that she actually did so for another stupid reason (Elly couldn't tolerate Annie's actually seeming to forgive Steve).
Panel 6: The group of them do that stupid-ass "TO US!!!" toast that people don't do in real life.
Panel 7: We fast-forward to Elly's return home so that we can watch her interact with Elizabeth. Since Liz is a normal person and expects friends to pitch in and give a pal a gift, she watches her mother hang up her coat and asks the back of Elly's head what Connie an'the other ladies got her.
Panel 8: When Elly tells her "Their love and their friendship", Liz is confused and asks "That's all" because she has yet to marry and have children and suffer in the very LOUD silence that Elly suffers in.
Panel 9: Elly kneels down so she can look Liz right in the eye and tell her that that's everything.
Summary: This is, of course, because the underlying premise is that only a fellow mother can truly care about Elly's concerns. Childless women, women yet to give birth, husbands and children might say they care but that's just a self-serving lie because WE MOMS KNOW that we're expected to slave away without hope of recognition or reward or gratitude and what the Hell do you mean by quoting that line from Synchronicity II about how Mother chants her litany of boredom and frustration?