Well, I have to give fair warning. Anything relationship-progressing, even if it's just angsty stuff like this where Zoe is showing that she DOES indeed care, is to me what sugar is to Kiki. Do not be surprised to find me spinning in circles yelling 'eeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEEEee!!!!!'
There, fair warning done. :)
That being said, I feel this 'need to be funny' hurt this particular strip. The extremes with Torg's extreme silliness (particularly when the silliness involved fake shock and anger), then simply bowing his head out of not wanting to tell....well, it doesn't work at all. It's very difficult to go from painful self-induced solitude (yesterday) to goofy, loud silliness, back to painful, self-induced solitude in a minute's time. I don't know anyone IRL that can do it, and I don't think it works in this comic at all. It's okay, Pete, you don't HAVE to be funny every time! Sometimes it's better if you are not!