I find that so much of humor is based on the “nature” of a character, and so telling a dog “fetch” is so repeatedly ripe for it. Dog’s can’t help it. You say “fetch” and bang, they’re off.
As the story goes, the scorpion said “No, frog, of course I won’t sting you if you carry me across the pond. If I did, then we would BOTH drown.” Upon stinging (of course), as they both sink, the frog asks why. “Because,” said the scorpion, “it is in my nature.”
Ted’s temper is shown a little bit here, although it later rather mellowed out.
I was particularly proud of Blake’s line in this one. Not only to show his earnest/clueless nature, but also because it gave us a visual to imagine — that of Dee sitting at the bottom of the lake not swimming at all.
In real life this would not be funny at all. Just so’s you know.
She totally looks like a muppet, to me, in the third panel (and I openly admit that the Muppets have been a big influence on me).
This strip came from the idea that something coming back like a swing actually is a complex concept and requires some foresight. Blake was the obvious choice. :)
This strip easily could’ve been Vachel/Dee as a rose/botanist, bunny/taxidermist, kitten/bulldog, candy/young child, etc etc. Pick something cute and harmless and find what hunts it.
But I think the net makes this choice the best. :)