For the record, dual-wielding pickaxes in Skyrim is a TERRIBLE idea.
I know, because I really did try it after commenting on it in a previous commentary.
I originally didn't have dialogue in the first two panels, which looked empty, and was sort of weird. Had everyone gone silent so Rich and Ellen could think stuff? No! They're still talking about their own stuff! Stuff like pickaxes, and the wielding thereof!
I also want it on record that Rich IS actually trying to keep his eyes on Ellen's face. He's just struggling a bit. He's wound up sort of looking at her neck.