114. Double Down, page posted 12/22/21

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Double Down — Page 6

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Comment ID #19240

Hold the line, Lucy.

Jim Avery  

Comment ID #19241

Lucy don't make sad eyes at him😤he's not worth it

watisup777  

Comment ID #19242

WTF ITS LIKE THEY CANT STOP BEING DRAWN TO EACH OTHER

Elisa  

Comment ID #19243

☹️ I know this feeling so well oh no

prismabunny  

Comment ID #19244

Yikes babe

LadyDoll -  

Comment ID #19245

Oh shit

CheesyRobotMacaroni  

Comment ID #19246

Don't buckle. Break the cycle

Yewsea  

Comment ID #19247

Huh. Okay, then, let's see how this goes.

Phoebe Zeitler  

Comment ID #19248

Same comment I made in the discord, she recognizes those dead eyes.

Fiver26  

Comment ID #19249

Oh yeah, those dead eyes. I don't know if she saw herself when she was in that same state of mind. But her change of posture, and the shrinking panels, really shows it strikes a chord with her.

Dave Ostroske  

Comment ID #19250

Lucy STOOOOPPPP THEEEEEE CYCLEEEEEEE. C‘mon!!!!!!!!!!!!

Catcata  

Comment ID #19251

Lucy: The batteries in your old Pokemon games died, did they?

Mike: Yeah…

SCD  

Comment ID #19252

Clock based events will no longer occur lol

Dotzrus  

Comment ID #19253

LUCY THIS IS NOT YOUR PROBLEM

Airy Frith  

Comment ID #19254

I mean Lucy’s just empathetic like a good person ❤️ BUT STABD YOUR GROUND GIRL, DONT BE HIS REBOUND

JustaSuta  

Comment ID #19255

LUCY BEST GIRL

The Orangewalled  

Comment ID #19256

I wonder if mike decided to break things off with sandy he really needs to at this point that relationship is toxic the damage has been done and the only thing that will heal it is time and space

Brittany ann  

Comment ID #19257

Ooh yeah, the drama

DNatz  

Comment ID #19258

Coming soon in a future chapter:

Lani: Everybody. Sit down. I have an announcement. Mike will no longer be attending this school.

Everyone: YAYYYY!!!

SCD  

Comment ID #19259

Yes please

The Orangewalled  

Comment ID #19260

OHNO

The Orangewalled  

Comment ID #19261

Thats a look some of us are all too familiar with in Mikes eyes

Red Marine  

Comment ID #19262

Lucy. Please don't. It's nice you care. But he did this to himself. Focus on you. <3

Cherushi Metsumari  

Comment ID #19263

I just want to give him a hug

Injwild  

Comment ID #19264

girl for once i'm begging you don't hurt yourself to help him

mobsterseeker  

Comment ID #19265

Why do I feel that mike might do something really stupid soon!

Ginger Shark  

Comment ID #19266

I really hope things get better for both Mike and Lucy

Anubis  

Comment ID #19267

Oh damn….what’s with his eyes? Feels like deja vu….

[THEORY TIME!!]

I kind of wonder what the passage of time here is because I have a theory that Paulo went to Mike shortly after the movies with the poor Dyxlesic cat to finally snap the final straw on breaking Mike out of his passive, doormat bullshit. I really think the punchline in the last page of “Featured Attraction” was more than just a punchline and is a bread crumb into something else important. Taeshi definitely loves to sprinkle humor into her comic, but sometimes they’re more than just a goofy joke and I feel like this is one of those times.

Perhaps Paulo wailing on Mike finally made him stand up for himself but breaking up with Sandy took a much higher toll than anticipated. Maybe she kept testing his mettle like she did in the discard script phone call to the point because she really did appreciate Mike for being there before she was rich and famous but at this point it was too late and the damage she did to Mike for not being honest with him sooner is just too much. She was desperate to keep it going but Paulos advice to Mike won over. Maybe it got to the point where Mike had to Double Down on the intention of breaking up with her and finally moving on with his life and Paulo telling him that “putting yourself first every once in a while” was key in finally letting her go, once and for all.

That being said, maybe Mike is so distraught now because of the mental toll it took to finally crawl out of that relationship, kicking and screaming, and is having second doubts and can’t repair it because it’s M I K E. Maybe Mike even finally confessed his own dishonesty with Sandy and mentioned that he still cared deeply for Lucy all this time. Hell, maybe him finally confessing that he straight up was still in love with Lucy despite all reason blew things up and that’s a part of him that will never go away. MAYBE MIKE MATURED SOME. :O

Disclaimer: all of this is just speculation and in good fun. Don’t take anything i say as gospel please! :’D

esinololly  

Comment ID #19268

This is a great analysis, thank you for sharing it. If Paulo fled the movie theater with the need to give Mike a "swirlie," aka telling him to stand up for himself, then that makes complete sense. Paulo feeling the need to defend Mike right NOW is so him. It's one of those things that reads as only momentary confusion and then realization when it's all published.

Sometimes I feel like I unnecessarily give myself anxiety by obsessively pouncing on each update the moment it goes up. It's good writing and a good story that doesn't have to justify itself on every page.

Poor Mikey. :(

hazel  

Comment ID #19269

Thank you! :D I love this comic because the creators encourage us to look between the lines so coming up with all sorts of theories as to what may lie ahead is a huge draw for me to this comic. It's so fun to see what other people come up with too. ^^

esinololly  

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