(Strip Number 4293, Original Publication Date, 7 February 1983)
Panel 1: We find ourselves in the kitchen today. Mike, having noticed that Elly is feeling kind of low, asks her what's the matter. She tells him that the people at the Valley Voice don't appreciate her.
Panel 2: You see, she writes the column at the library for free and they say they're doing her a favor. This makes no sense to her because she wants so very badly to be recognized....or, as we call it in English, paid. In her mind, working for nothing makes her a nothing.
Panel 3: We find ourselves listening to Elly unwittingly reveal what makes her life a living hell as she tells him that she should stand up for herself but she doesn't have the nerve.
Panel 4: He asks her if he should come with her to strong-arm Walsh into paying Elly money she doesn't actually have.
Summary: The thing is that Elly's real complaint all along is not the recognition, it's the fact that she thinks that not having a paycheck makes her worthless and silly. Where her logic fails her is that she doesn't have the stamina to make it after all no matter how many times she throws her hat in the air.