The 7th panel is the key. It's all an act, of course. I remember a woman friend of mine saying how she was going to throw a 'hissy fit' in order to get her point across. By which, she meant 'get her way'. Guys do exactly the same thing, but they call it 'standing up to' someone.
What other choice does Alice have? If she is nice, everyone will dump extra work on her, like the PHB does to Dilbert. Now that her reputation is established with the Fist of Death, she just needs to do a little maintenance by screaming at Asok. Nobody will dare give her extra work. It is better than kimchi breath.