(Strip Number 131, Original Publication Date, 18 April 1981)
Panel 1: As he and Jean work on a patient I'll call Mr Praline, John tells him "So now I've told you the whole story. Elly's still mad at me. I just wish I knew how to handle it."
Panel 2: Praline says "I hink ooh hood hake ack uh hereo; at ood hix hings uf." By this, of course, the man means "I think you should take back the stereo; that would fix things up." Then again, you all already knew that.
Panel 3: John says that that's easy for HIM to say. (Oh, my; what an obvious punchline. I think I just died a little more inside.)
Summary: The reason that he said that is that he probably flat-out asked if he should take the damned thing back and got a face full of irrational whining that reminds us that Elly doesn't want to fix the problems that beset her. All she wants is to have everyone else sit there and whine about how bad she has it.