For some stupid reason, it's funny in a grotesque sort that John is punished for trying
to be affectionate by being slobbered over by the dog.
(Strip Number 6703, Original Publication Date, 31 May 1987)Panel 1:
It's early in the morning so Elly is getting up for the day.Panel 2:
She groggily smacks her lips in order to get herself going.Panel 3:
John, on the other hand, is still pretty much still asleep. Panel 4:
He pats the empty space where Elly was and grunts affectionately.Panel 5:
He moves over in hopes of getting a cuddle and a kiss from her.Panel 6:
He kisses the pillow thinking it's Elly and sets up the punchline by touching Farley.Panel 7:
Farley bobs his head up to find John kissing the air.Panel 8:
Farley returns the gesture by slobbering all over a horrified John.Panel 9:
When Elly walks back in the room, he squeals "Why didn't you TELL me you were getting up?!!" because it's somehow her fault this happened.Summary:
The fault is clearly his for trying fresh stuff with Elly when married people aren't supposed to do that. In Lynn's mind, John is supposed to be a bad person for wanting THAT sort of love because physical intimacy is scary and wrong and provides an evil feeling of release that is evil.