(Strip Number 4146, Original Publication Date, 12 March 1982)
Panel 1: We pick things up with Elly doing yet another huge load of laundry; as she reminds us that Lynn has a really annoying way of showing us that she's a busy mother, she thought-bubbles "Keep my mouth shut? When am I going to learn to keep my mouth shut?"
Panel 2: As she thought-bubbles the question "When am I going to learn to mind my own business?", the phone rings.
Panel 3: As she picks up the handset, she greets Annie...
Panel 4: ....before smiling an idiotic smile, making that annoying palms-out gesture with her tentacle fingers and asking her if she'd heard that Ted and Connie split up.
Summary: Elly, as we're about to be told, seems to live in fear that people are actively trying to keep her from talking; what's more, it manifested itself long before her sneaking fear that John and the kids wanted to destroy her ability to express herself. Ever since she could talk, she's had it in her head that people want to silence her so, like it or not, she's going to be pulling crap like this forever.