This was actually set up as a stand alone strip, but I think it makes for a good bookend for the Rafael come back. I see this as his welcome back party… even though he doesn’t make an appearance. Mostly because he is too big to cram in there with all the others. Think of him as just off panel.
Also on a funny side note, I sent dave like 800 corrected versions of this and then just ended up posting it myself.