Panel #3 offers a pretty big hint as to where Rufus might have gone.
“Good-bye, cruel world. I’ve gone to join the circus—” Bobby Darin.
I was hoping Joel might have accidentally landed in another comic for a while so we could see some more cross-over work like last week…. but….. well, this is pretty good too!
I am also glad for Joel that the Jug is intact and present. And I am also glad that Becky did not nip or sip on the jug. That should be the purview of Joel alone.
Finally, I would not be unhappy if Rufus did join the circus and was gone for a while. He was not particularly nice to Joel of late, and if he is in the circus, there may still be hope for Elam Jackson.