It’s funny that all of us here think more about how a story fits into the strip than the authors do.
Bad writing. They never actually plotted the rest of the discussion between Tiffany and Bets.
He needs that too, Janis….
I think we all knew that Tiffany was going to take the money but refuse to give Bets what she asked for. Obviously Tiffany is in the wrong here (it’s not like she has some established brand to protect), and Bets has every right to be upset. I suppose there’s a chance that tomorrow Bets will decide that Tiffany’s decor is beautiful; the upside of a plot that makes no sense is that there are no limits on where it can go. It’s a pity to these two in conflict, though. Between Tiffany’s ambition and Bets’s positive attitude, they could have accomplished a lot.
They can’t duck the issue that easily.
“She” won’t hurt you.
Once again the question arises: What time of day is it? The bartender, (and owner!) is home early enough that her family’s still going about its day. Assuming it’s at least the late evening, it’s an odd time for Frank to be reading the paper.
Why is he shopping at all? Delivery! Online pickup!
Gunther knows he’s never going to do better than Bets.
This is why we snarl. There are good characters in this strip, people we might care about. But the plotting is just so slapdash and unrealistic that it makes them all just look like fools.