- Phil returns to his 'gig' in Montreal to play bee-bop blue it-gives-Elly-a-headache-because-it-isn't-s
- Marian agrees with jjamele that Twelfth Night (*) is the end of the Christmas season; Elly says it's when the last leftover has been Pattersnarfed.
- Elly has no idea why she buys a turkey large enough for a much larger family every frakking year.
- She's worried that Connie is more into Phil than the other way around; her reading too much into their 'holiday fling' is preventing things from getting back to normal.
- She can't conceive of Phil ever getting married and having kids and that depresses her; she says he'd be as good a father as Jim.
- Instead of thinking that Elly was a fool for encouraging this like he originally did, John doesn't seem to care one way or another now what happens between the two of them. Beforehand, he was a jerk who worried too much; now, he's a clod who wants the disaster to happen.
- She's about to enroll in the Creative Writing class as preparation for a distant future where she'll have enough time to resume her writing career. Listening to small children talk about the things that concern them is just too much for her to bear, I guess; she's better than that.
(*: Elly thinks that Twelfth Night is the twelfth of January; as we all know, it's the fifth.)