Spoiler Alert: I'm not sure how this moves the plot forward but watching Elly act like a jerk is always worth snarking.
Panel 1: Elly's on the phone telling Connie that her kid brother Phil is coming over for Christmas.
Panel 2: She explains that he's still with the theater playing the trupmet.
Panel 3: Is he married? Nope. He lives a crazy (read enjoable and fulfilling) life of late nights, women and travelling. For some reason, he likes to visit the Pattersons and experience their lives of
Panel 4: She thinks that's because it convinces him he's done the right thing.
Summary: Let's see if Lynn tries to subvert and/or distort Elly's attempt to keep two incompatible people apart. The strips with Connie's failed attempt to land Phil were difficult enough to watch; seeing her insert enough new-runs that the doomed "romance" of RePhil (his new-run name is courtesy of trumanf) and RetConnie ends up making her look like a full-on stalker promises to be even more painful to behold.