(Original Publication Date, 19 September 1990)
Panel 1: Since Connie lacks self-awareness, she means it when she says that she's never been jealous of Elly before but is now. This lack of ability to acknowledge her past blinds her to the fact that she's spent her life trying to be what people in the UK would call a Manchester tribute band to Elly Patterson.
Panel 2: Elly's patented glare of blank incomprehension means that her reaction of Connie's heartfelt plea that it's not fair that a woman who doesn't want a child gets one while she does not means that she is clearly thinking "I don't want a child now! Connie shouldn't want one either but is crazy and wrong somehow!!"
This, you will notice, is the closest Elly ever got to receiving a "Stop complaining about your problem hair or I'll check your expiration date" speech and she doesn't let it shame her into agreeing that Connie has a different brand of heartache that needs respect too....because it's based on something real.
Panel 3: Connie then waxes philosophical and wonders if this is all preordained or a matter of a chance. What in the world can one count on?
Panel 4: Elly says that you can count on friendship. Connie agrees that yes, she guesses she can.
Summary: This is not much to count on as Connie is required to spend the foreseeable future agreeing that Elly is the victim of all victims surpassing all others to prove her friendship. Ah, well. Time to play Musical Theatrical Self-Absorbed Dunderheads.