This leads us to the other reason why Connie is a pathetic clod. Not only did she ignore her own son in an attempt to keep up with her idiot best friend, she let the dullard inject two wildly unsuitable men into her life and mess up her head for her. If it wasn't that oafish momma's boy Ted of the roving eye making her crazier, the scrawny chicken woman had to contend with Phil, the poor man's Maynard G Krebs and his belief that marriage adds fifty years to a person. (And Elly says that she and Phil have little in common.) When both relationships collapsed because Ted and Phil realized that just because Connie might be good in bed, she might not be something they want in a house, the moron hared off to Thunder Bay so as to escape from what she saw as the harsh judgment of her peers and what a sane person would probably see as their apathy.
For a reason I'll get into in my next entry, she managed to land a bank manager and prevailed upon him to return home in triumph so as to impress the only person she truly cared about: Elly Patterson. She then spent the rest of her life baffling Elly by saying how much she envies her and laughing at her jokes. It'll be a God-damned blue-eyed miracle if she doesn't decide to off herself when Elly goes up the chimney and holler "Wait for me!!" when she slits her wrists.