(Original Publication Date, 10 September 1991)
Panel 1: We find ourselves watching Elly slumped forward next to April as she starts to do something that is classic her: try to bargain with a toddler to be freed from the burden of parenthood. She starts in by saying that she does love April, she does love to be with her and loves seeing the new things she does every day. This means that we're about told that she loves something else more: feeling important.
Panel 2: This "motherhood doesn't get me praise" concept is ushered in by her saying that she misses her alleged job. She misses talking about things that aren't babies. She misses her co-workers, her projects and her routines.
Panel 3: We go back to a ten-year old complaint that her home is her prison when she says that she feels trapped, tied down and suspended in time. She's putting out energy and going nowhere. As she moans that everyone else gets to go out but Her, UNFAIR!!!!!, she blanks out on the fact that April is putting out energy and also going nowhere.
Panel 4: This is why she is the picture of baffled ignorance when she says that she's being silly because there's no way April could know what she's talking about. April is now a cartoon baby and looks at the camera as if to say "Seriously?"
Summary: This is why we're about to spend a few (disjointed) days watching Elly end up plopping April over at Anne's place so she can pretend that she's a big shot.