I think that comma was deliberate to represent a hesitation. If I were doing it www.shootingwar.com style, I might have used connected separate bubbles. Do you do mashups? They're perfect for these sorts of experiments.
I can see a meeting going _exactly_ like this...complete with apology...scary.
Yeah, that's pretty much how it works. Except the Pointy-Haired Boss also should have suggested calling Ted on his cell to explain in detail over the phone how to do the task so someone else could do it wrong, thus requiring Ted to fix it the next day, only to find out that it wasn't really an emergency after all and could have just been done right the first time if they'd waited for Ted's return.