Nice of Mark to offer a little consolation, as he is the one who put his dad into this emotional state in the first place! I think they call that “passive-aggressive” behavior? That “weird” piece of Mark’s anatomy in panel 1 is likely meant to be his left hand wrapped back across his shoulder and around the back of his neck. Nice image of Mark in panel 4, however.
Anyway, it appears that my fears are correct and that this Jadsen Sterling character is the link to Cricket Bro. So, we can expect Mark to blow his top in Saturday’s strip when he realizes who Happy is doing business with.
And like dads everywhere, Happy has no clue who Mark’s friends really are.