First there is trouble, no one is happy. Looks bad on Mutt; obviously then comes Jeff to the rescue. Jeff always saves the day. No, Jeff will save the day?; when the time comes (which is soon, very soon).
Mutt could have done the same that Jeff did. No big deal, but why not? That you have to figure out.
So my understanding is the poor Mutt is left to be hated and Jeff to be loved. There is a lot of advantages to this, if one would give it deep thoughts.