As we all know, Phil played a different role in the original version of history than he does now. Back in the first version of the Pattersons' past, he and Connie had a one-night stand that he more or less forgot about the next day. He didn't know Connie was coming to return his pipe nor that she'd saw what he thought was a pleasant way to spend a night as being far more than it was; when he said what he said about Lawrence, he had no idea that the point of her vacation was to see him and he had even less idea about how Lawrence was taking it. That's because Lawrence simply didn't factor into his thinking. We are thus left with an amiable dunce who didn't know that his presence had caused havoc; since he tried to patch things up with her and tried to bond with a very reluctant Lawrence, he was the lesser of two evils. In the new interpretation, however, he's started to take on a less pleasant coloration; that's because he's been corresponding with Connie without intending to marry her. It matters not that he told Elly over the phone that he is not the man her friend is looking for to fill the role of Mr Connie Poirier because he wasn't ready to settle down with just anyone; the rules of the Patterverse are quite clear. Since he and she went roadside, he's gotta man up and do the nine-to-five thing; Elly and Connie hold no truck with the idea that a man and woman can be friends without sharing a surname, the boy-girl pair of kids and all the rest. This means that he can't simply blow Connie off as if she were a passing acquaintance or treat Lawrence's injury so cavalierly; we're in for a bunch of filler material that's meant to present him as a rake-hell who doesn't want to be chained down to a life of suburban ennui. We can also expect him to make remarks about Lawrence's leg that suggest that Connie's priorities are dangerously misplaced. Since Lynn will intend to make him into a mustache-twirling baddie by doing so, he'll end up becoming a folk-hero like Mira or Therese.