Not today, though. Today, Connie has to give Elly a smackdown
Panel 1: We join them in the garden as Connie reminds her that she brought her troubles on herself. She offered to drop everything for Mike and Dee and they took advantage of her willingness to martyr herself.
Panel 2: Elly pleads with her friend not to call a thing by its right name. She isn't making a chump of herself; she's needed.
Panel 3: She then tries to steer the conversation back to bitching about being stuck with someone who isn't a Patterson by blood but Connie will have none of it. She insists on reminding Elly that she refuses to take "me" time.
Panel 4: Elly again pleads for spin and Connie again refuses.
Summary: This is Elly saying "Don't make me feel guilty."
Prediction: Back when Connie was the evil career woman, she used to get in Elly's face about her spineless acceptance of being trod upon by John and Mike all the time. We're probably in for an extended session of old strips that have her telling Elly to get the Hell off her damned cross.