Original Release Date: September 8, 2009
Bob makes it clear that he doesn't think much of ninja, and his retort in the last panel questions their respectability. I felt like this was an interesting situation because while Bob is a total scumbag, he's not wrong about the ninja. While they are considered good guys overall (other than Evil Bad Guy Ninja and other outliers), their strike is totally self-serving, they (at least temporarily) wrecked the trucker's union, and their acts of vigilantiism are questionable, at best. He's got a point.
If Stu wasn't already upset that his plan has not worked out, Bob's attack on his character must have him livid. Stu doesn't know it, but this is exactly what Bob wants. The sadder Mike is around Bob, and the angrier Stu is around Bob, only makes Bob stronger. It's a helpless situation.
I need to address the background in panel two. It's not great, but it's also progress. I fought the layout of this panel. I thought about switching to a lower angle so I wouldn't have to show anything else. I didn't want to draw this neighborhood. It was too complicated, too time-consuming, and too hard. But I knew I needed to get into the habit of drawing proper backgrounds, especially when they involve a lot of detail and aren't just a wall with a filing cabinet on it. As much as I didn't want to, I drew it.