There's absolutely nothing here about why Mr. Sherman joined forces with Lionel. I guess we’re supposed to believe that Bobby Sherman is a fool for hooking up with a lyricist who says things about rutabaga and warbles “de-dee-arr-bo-aee,” which are neither words nor notes. It would make more sense to think he had taken out a big insurance policy on his business partner and lured him to another city away from friends and family.

The last panel suggests each had the same plan, the “rough part” being one’s last breaths.