A brilliant cartoon by Sam. Her caption: If this deal does not get done it will be because Theo did not break out the puppy dog eyes at the proper time.
Here's a rhetorical equivalent of puppy dog eyes: someone close to me was recently hospitalized with a critical illness. Having been through hell and back, the first question she asked when she got home this week was, "Has Tek signed yet?"
Come on, people. This ain't rocket science.