(Strip Number 7108, Original Publication Date, 7 February 1982)
Panel 1: We find ourselves watching Elly get ready for an evening out; she smiles as she gets her dress out of the closet.
Panel 2: As she puts on some lipstick, John, who's putting his shirt on, smiles and murmurs approvingly.
Panel 3: He then sets up the conflict by witlessly asking how his little pumpkin is.
Panel 4: Goggle-Eyed Elly repeats the word 'pumpkin' back at him in a wounded tone of voice.
Panel 5: Her comment "Of all the things to call me, John!! You know how sensitive I am about my weight!!" tells us what's bothering her: her delusion that she's somehow morbidly obese.
Panel 6: She then states that a well-meaning but insensitive and stupid compliment is really hitting below the belt. It should be noted that she's holding a perfume bottle; this becomes important later.
Panel 7: John says that he stands corrected.
Panel 8: He then idiotically turns his back on Elly and says that on her, it's actually evenly distributed; his attempt to lighten the mood earns him a perfume bottle to the back of the head.
Summary: The same thing would be true if he said "What weight? Get some excess weight and then I'll mock it!!"; that's because he's married a stereotype. Elly seems to have wasted her life thinking that she's fat, ugly and old before her time.....which made her fat, ugly and old before her time.
ETA: The one in the local paper is one in which going to the dump turns into an event.
Panel 1: We start off the other candidate strip with John putting his coat on for an outing; as he does so, Farley, who has been socialized to regard this as a sign he's going for a walk, yarfs and pants at his master's heels.
Panel 2: John notices this and grudgingly tells his dog that he can come too.
Panel 3: As John buttons up his coat, we see Mike and Lizzie arguing over who gets to inspire the memory-hold fodder about kids riding in the front seat of the hoverwagon; Lizzie wanna sit in the front and Mike reminds her that she got to sit in the front last time.
Panel 4: As John looks at his keys, Mike asks him "Are we going now, Daddy? Is it time yet?"
Panel 5: Mike then asks if they're going to stay and if he and Lizzie can get out of the car.
Panel 6: John says that he doesn't know; he'll see when they get to where they're going. It should be noted that this hubbub has attracted Elly's attention.
Panel 7: As they leave, she says "Sounds exciting; where's everyone going?"
Panel 8: John's telling her "To the dump" leaves her disappointed and confused.
Summary: The reason, of course, is that she thought that the build-up she was seeing would lead up to something cool; my guess is that her next gossip session will be about how small things distract small minds.
The reason for the snafu (and the fact that we'll in for a correction before the day is over) is that Lynn had originally submitted the latter strip to the Syndicate with a date of 2 February 1982!!