(Original Publication Date, 7 May 1991)
Panel 1: Since Fiona doesn't realize that her function is to be Canadian Content Alice Nelson, Elly tells John that things just aren't going to work out. John counters her by saying that to give her a chance because she'd just got here because he doesn't realize that the natural counter-argument is "Good! We aren't attached to her so she and her alley cruiser can get the fuck out of my house!!!"
Panel 2: Instead of telling him something like that, Elly asks him how long Fiona intends staying. John sets up the joke by saying "Until she gets a job and an apartment."
Panel 3: Elly catches John in a half-truth because she remembers him saying that Fiona already had a job; since John is a sucker, he doesn't confirm what Fiona meant when she said that she had a few things lined up.
Panel 4: We cut to Fiona on the phone telling Eddy the Bookie to put 200 dollars on Can't Elope in the fourth.
Summary: As I have said before, John doesn't like the idea of admitting that his family tree contains swindlers and mooches. He also lives in exaggerated fear of what his parents, aunts, cousins and uncles will say about casting out a family member in need. This ends up making him look a fool.