In today's strip, Evil Phil evilly makes Elly feel stupid and useless
by rubbing her nose in the fact that his evil, nomadic existence is way more exciting than living how he's supposed to. Or, to translate it from 'bitter woman who doesn't want to face that she screwed up royally' into English, Phil has no idea that talking about himself translates into 'Poor, put-upon Elly' because she can't communicate.
(Strip Number 253, Original Publication Date, 27 April 1982)Panel 1:
We see Phil, who's smoking a pipe, drinking coffee with Elly and talking about what's been up with him since he gave Connie the nice brush-off; it seems that he left Montreal for the Bahamas and did some parasailing when he had the time.Panel 2:
After a month of that, he met some dudes from Colorado and they toured around as a jazz group.Panel 3:
Said combo was performing in Vancouver when he'd heard of the job in Milboring and, well, there he is.Panel 4:
He then makes Elly feel bad by asking what she's been up to lately.Summary:
I know and you know that Phil doesn't mean anything hurtful by this; the thing is that Lynn and Elly do not. We're about to see Alan get slammed for living like a nomad instead of making one stupid miscalculation after the next in the name of what she thinks is respectability. To put it succinctly, it will be all his fault that she's a major screw-up who made herself miserable.