Combining lines not functioning- Strange Behaviour

When using the Select Tool, lines that are combines to form an arm and sleeve remain unconnected.

The Arm and sleeve have been flattened and optimized. With Direct Select everything has been combined. For example, I can pull any vector and all are connected.

BUT when using the Select Tool, I touch one line on the arm and ONLY it highlights instead of the entire arm and sleeve.

I got this working on other parts of the body and hair but just can’t get it working on the arms.

I just can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong. Everything looks good (gaps are filled, I can color with the Paint tool) but it’s just not acting as a WHOLE when using Select Tool.

Thanks! Pulling my hair out in Vegas. ; )

Try shift+selecting the other line.

Are you able to select the line of the sleeve at all?