Right now, he was too frazzled to know what else to do aside from make a joke to ease some of the tension.
Some time passed in silence, and then the same joke was repeated.
It reminded her of an Arkansas weather joke she once heard.
He'd meant it as a joke only, something to make her feel better and take her mind off of the chaos around her.
I thought ... we never joke any more.
The joke was on him, then.
The clerk glanced round, evidently hoping that his joke would be appreciated.
Don't joke about that.
If Dean himself had been bound and gagged, it would have been the joke of the squad room for weeks to come.
Boris smiled circumspectly, so that it might be taken as ironical or appreciative according to the way the joke was received.