(Original Publication Date, 28 December 1990)
Panel 1: We find Elly slumped down in a chair monologuing about how this time of year always does it to her because she overindulges in everything.
Panel 2: As she stares at the table laden with treats, she then asks herself how can she cut down when she's shaped like an eggplant? How she can resist when temptation is everywhere?
More to the point, when will she realize that "eating for two" doesn't actually mean "I have no choice but to eat twice what I normal do"? When will she stop feeling self-conscious about her fake, no-way, impossible ten extra pounds that keep her from being beautiful and worthy of love?
Panel 3: Apparently, that happens on the Greek calends (or 30 February or whatever expression for 'never' you prefer) because her response is to hold a plate of fruitcake up to her horrible gaping MA!!!!, unhinge her jaws and yell that she wants everyone to know that she does not wish to accept responsibility for any weight she might gain over the Holidays.
Panel 4: A few minutes later, Mike comes along and asks what happened to the fruitcake. Liz looks over her shoulder and says that she's in the washroom yelling at the scale.
Summary: This leads directly into Elly being a peevish and punitive nitwit because John can't win with her when she's having a fat mood.