(Strip Number 253, Original Publication Date, 27 April 1982)
Panel 1: We see Phil, who's smoking a pipe, drinking coffee with Elly and talking about what's been up with him since he gave Connie the nice brush-off; it seems that he left Montreal for the Bahamas and did some parasailing when he had the time.
Panel 2: After a month of that, he met some dudes from Colorado and they toured around as a jazz group.
Panel 3: Said combo was performing in Vancouver when he'd heard of the job in Milboring and, well, there he is.
Panel 4: He then makes Elly feel bad by asking what she's been up to lately.
Summary: I know and you know that Phil doesn't mean anything hurtful by this; the thing is that Lynn and Elly do not. We're about to see Alan get slammed for living like a nomad instead of making one stupid miscalculation after the next in the name of what she thinks is respectability. To put it succinctly, it will be all his fault that she's a major screw-up who made herself miserable.