Scoop's journalism responsibilities keep him from entering the fray. He must observe the scrum of politics from a distance.

The posture of the man after Scoop's rejoinder may indicate a new position in Flip-Takery - head tuked in, torso and hips pushed out in surprse - but that's not it. The man's head has lindablaired all the way around. The white spot in his pants is where the fabric was ripped away in the fight.

How did Scoop have time to put away his notebook, get out his pipe, and light it between panels two and three?