(Strip Number 3991, Original Publication Date, 20 April 1981)
Panel 1: We start off, of course, with John presenting Elly with the dishwasher; rather than accept it in the spirit in which it was meant, Elly freaks the Hell out and yells "A dishwasher? John! I don't believe it!!"
Panel 2: John is taken aback because Elly waggles her finger in the air, punches the machine and bellows "You are trying to justify buying that expensive stereo by getting me this dishwasher." This is, of course, nonsense; what John is trying to do is to settle down a prima donna who doesn't have the class, brains or decency to appreciate her oh-so-easy life.
Panel 3: His response to this is to ask the same question I know he did about the stereo: "Do you want me to take it back?" Her response is what I believe to be same as well; she turns her back to him, scowls and angrily mutters "No."
Panel 4: As she leans against the dishwasher, her face frozen in the Bug-Eyed Glare of Existential Horror™, Elly thought-bubbles "I guess every woman has her price."
Summary: Here's a funny thing I've noticed; Elly rarely (if ever) uses the dishwasher. That's because of two stupid reasons. The first is that her mother didn't use one so she shouldn't; that's stupid because Marian would have killed someone to get one. The second stupid reason is that she'll be damned if she lets John make her life easier. Sadly, by the time she does want new, nice things, she's scared him into not wanting to pay for them.
ETA: Today's banner is a reminder that April is Dental Health Month.