The cook’s first line in the third panel gave me fits, and I am still not completely happy with it. The thing I was trying to convey was the contemplation of the role of dishonesty in human nature. It had to sound like a random Big Question of philosophy but still provide the straight-line setup to Chauncey’s first punch. The most common way I go about gagwriting is to fire off a provocative premise, then follow it til it leads to a punchline, then go back and rewrite the setup dialogue so it more naturally meets that punch. In this case, that one line was the key and I am just not convinced that I nailed the setup.