YOU SHOULD KNOW IT WASN'T--I mean, what an interesting theory presented in panel two. It will be interesting to see if that pans out in the future, which is entirely possible. It was surely nothing else and the feeling I get upon looking at this comic is 100% "yep, that's how it all went down."
Speaking of confusion, I'm not entirely sure what Elliot is doing in that first panel. Powering up his fists, I guess? Wait, no... Elliot would never actually hit Tedd, so... Yeah. He's not technically doing anything, really. He's just using his anime martial arts training to make himself look like a badass to add emphasis to his current position of "dude, that wasn't cool." I'm pretty sure that was my intent back in 2002, too. I'm just not used to him having pyrotechnic fists anymore.
SIDENOTE: "Snap - Crackle - Ker-Plop" remains glorious.
Commentary added September 30, 2014