Paint me green and call me Gumby!! Lynn isn't going to violate continuity after all.
Panel 1: As Annie picks up her son, she says "So, Elly, is Phil seeing someone?"; as Lizzie prepares to dock with the mother ship, Elly says that she doesn't really know because she hasn't asked him.
Panel 2: As Annie puts Christichard's coat on, Elly tells her that Phil says that the girl Connie saw is a cellist; it seems that they were working on some music and were just friends.
Panel 3: Annie then says "Does this mean that she still has a chance?"; Elly replies "Maybe; I don't like to pry (!!) but I'll keep my eyes and ears open."
Panel 4: As Annie leaves, Elly thought-bubbles "When you keep your eyes and ears open, it's hard to keep your mouth shut."
Summary: We know that Elly does love to pry so her statement in Panel 3 is a load of old cobblers; we also know that she doesn't really believe that The Mystery Cellist is simply Phil's friend. What she probably believes is that Commitment-Fearing Phil is playing a game he calls "Keeping his options open" because he fears settling down with the wrong person; he doesn't "get" that the game creates casualties but that's because he's a man. Third, she likes her some stupid non-wisdom that justifies her being an annoying scold.
ETA: Now that it's spring, we have a new banner that celebrates it.