Have I mentioned how much I hate being right?
Panel 1: As Phil descends the stairs, he tells Elly he's on his way to Toronto and to have a happy new year; she says "Sure! You too."
Panel 2: When he tells her that he'd invited Connie to come along, watch the show and hang with the band later, she snorts in disgust.
Panel 3: Since he has no real idea how hung up Connie is on him, he's genuinely confused and means it when he says "What?? We're just friends; she's cool with that."
Panel 4: Since Elly feels the need to blame men for the trouble women like Connie get themselves into, she spouts a wall of text about how mean ol'beatnik Phil is taking advantage of poor, vulnerable Connie who loves him sooooo much; he dismisses this with a remark about how he's simply offering her a ride.
Panel 5: Narrow-Eyed-And-Minded Elly tells a confused Phil, who simply does not know that casual sex does not exist in this strip, that what she's afraid is that he is taking her for a ride.
Summary: Judgmental much, Flapandhonk? Misreading the situation much to boot, El? It's clear to me at least that Phil is not doing anything wrong here; that point is lost on Elly who can't wrap her head around the idea that a man can have a woman fling herself at him in desperation without having caused it.