(Original Publication Date, 24 November 1990)
Panel 1: Now that we're at the maternity section, Anne holds up a blue dress and claims that it's a nice outfit which is casual but dressy. Elly looks at the price tag and comments on how expensive it is.
Panel 2: Anne gets all smiley and tells her to think of it as an investment because she'll be able to wear it for years. Elly reacts to this sales pitch in panicky disbelief and says "'Years'?! The baby is due in March! How long do you think I'll look like this?"
Panel 3: We pause awkwardly so that Anne's stunned disbelief can be greeted by a plaintive look on Elly's face.
Panel 4: As Anne's silhouette looks on, a resigned Elly tells the cashier that she'll buy the dress.
Summary: This heralds in another seventeen years of Elly's binge eating, crash diets and rewarding herself for paying lip service to exercise by gorging herself at doughnut shops so she can wail about an excess ten pounds forever.