Panel 1: As our story shifts focus back to John and Elly, we find them in bed as they deal with the bad cold Elly has that's got her coughing up a lung.
Panel 2: She then makes a WHONK noise when she blows her nose.
Panel 3: She continues to make me wonder why John hasn't offered to drive her to the hospital to get checked out what with that cough.
Panel 4: Elly apologizes for coughing and offers to sleep on the couch; John tells her that it's okay.
(Personally, if I were him, I would offer to sleep on the couch so she could be more comfortable.)
Panel 5: She again coughs rather violently.
Panel 6: When she asks if he's sure because she says she'd be happy to move into the living room, he says that it's fine.....possibly because he thinks that this is a trap.
Panel 7: When she asks him "Really?", he says that he's positive.
Panel 8: When Elly resumes her coughing fit, John opens his eyes in something a lot like horror.
Panel 9: A few moments later, we find John on the couch snoring away rather than disturb Elly.
Summary: This would have been a lot shorter a strip if John had offered to do this first and said something nice sounding. Now, he just looks like a cowardly jerk to the passive-aggressive base who don't admit that they too are turning 'nice' into a synonym for 'guilt-tripping hypocricy'. Ah, well. Next week, Lynn forgets that she's spent the last ten years having Elly howl about being a shriveled-up old crone who's aged before her time because of her husband and kids again.