I think this story arc (and this page specifically) was the turning point for the comic that made room for more plot-driven moments, rather than keeping it as a joke-a-day format. Not every page needs a punchline.

On a side note, I had chosen the name of this character at random, but I didn’t find out until after this page was published that there is a standup comedian named Steven Wright. If you’re at all familiar with his style of comedy, you’ll know why there’s a bit of coincidental irony here.