(Strip Number 180, Original Publication Date, 7 October 1981)
Panel 1: We find ourselves watching Elly and Annie drinking coffee. Elly leads off by complaining that she'd be thin if it were not for leftovers.
Panel 2: She then goes on to say that her family eats like kings while all she gets is the scraps; given that what's really going on is that no one wants to eat the horrid-tasting slop she cooks, we can take this whinge with a salt lick.
Panel 3: Anne tries to inject reason into the discussion by reminding her that she was taught to clean her plate growing up.
Panel 4: Elly turns a my-family-is-unappreciative bitchfest into something disturbing by asking what makes her want to clean off everyone else's.
Summary: Judging from the strip that has her devouring a chicken late at night with a look of rage on her face after going without all day long, I'd say it was her way of making up for all the times she stinted herself because she mistakenly thinks she's fat. Even during the latest days, not-at-all fat Elly thought she needed the word Goodyear tattooed on her flanks despite being fairly slender. As for her main problem, she and her family would be immeasurably better off if she'd stop serving enormous portions of unhealthy, vile-tasting slop they despised. I should think that she's the only Patterson who ever liked Cheapie Weenie Casserole and thought that the selling point of a dessert was how easily it slid down one's throat.