Read the comic here.
The new guy would have had more time to introduce himself if he hadn't had to go into all that exposition about the carrying case.
Even though I had mentioned the "containment unit" before, I figured most readers would wonder where the heck they got the box to store Pat in. For the "but that's HUGE!" camp, it's stowed in the same tesseract in the SODAII armor that holds the swords and brooms when not in use. :P