I think that was a depiphany.

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  1. People, people, we’re all avoiding the important question here: WHAT ABOUT UNCLE CHUEY?

    1. I’m sure he’s busy comforting Miranda, who probably hasn’t shown up for work yet. 😉

      1. Maybe he’s a psychologist and is helping her through the trauma.

    2. The first comment is by a guy named Mega”Animated Porn”.

      We’re in for a mess.

      1. At least he didn’t say “FIRST!!”
        I’d call this a win.

      2. Actually hentai means ‘pervert’ jus sayin

        1. hentai does not mean pervert …. otaku does

        2. actually Otaku is more like geek than anything else and Hentai does mean pervert…americans are just stupid…

        3. Ecchi is the word for pervert.

        4. No, “Ecchi” is the Roman script (English alphabet) way of writing the way someone would pronounce the first letter of “H”entai in Japanese.

          So, “hentai” is the word for pervert, and “H” is a short/slang-form.

        5. Hentai does mean pervert. Otaku means someone with an obsessive interest…

        6. You aren’t wrong, but to be specific, Otaku means “House” and refers to someone who never goes outside due to obsessive interest. 😀

        7. hentai means “metamorphosis” or abnormality. generally translated to sexually perverted.

        8. Maybe you’re thinking of “henshin”?

        9. Kramegame is right. ( 変態) That is the direct translation of the word. But hentai is commonly used to mean “sexually perverted”.

        10. Interesting. As usual, there are a few different readings for the kanji.

        11. Even in English, “pervert” can be read differently – it’s also a verb, meaning “to turn something aside from proper or normal use” or “lead astray from right behaviour or beliefs, etc” (from my OED). In that respect, it’s quite close to the kanji, it’s just that we’ve come to place more emphasis on the sexual connotations here in the west.

          Incidentally, even when people do use “hentai” to refer to porn, there’s no requirement for it to be animated. Just sayin’

        12. Great. A language of more than 4000 characters and they can even be read in different ways. I’m starting to feel sympathy and understanding for blind idiot translation efforts.

        13. Henshin a go-go, baby!

        14. To be exact, it means “pervert,” and other things as well. Lots of Japanese words have double meanings.

        15. BermudaRectangle

          …just like several english words. Beaver, pie, gay, weiner, suck….

        16. Doesn’t weiner mean “Tweets pics of his occupied undies to coeds”?

        17. It does now.

      3. Actually, “hentai” means “pervert,” although, for watching it you must be a little. On second thought, any porn can class you as one. Unless it’s against the law. Then you’re a criminal.

        1. Wow, so many responses since my post. Damn.

    3. Yeah, we want more uncle Chuey n o w

    4. Gratz on being first AND ACTUALLY HAVING SOMETHING TO SAY *applause*

  2. Agreed! What’s up with Uncle Chuey and Miranda?

    1. That’s my name too! Don’t you hate the douchebags that spell it with two l’s?

  3. Also, the maniacal expression on Tracy’s face in the third panel? Brilliant!

  4. Ohhhhhh, you. Keep it in your pants ya horny s.o.b.

    Or don’t, we love ya either way.

  5. Aaannndd it’s a swing and a miss! Don’t worry Tracy, I’m sure you’ll be a real human one day!

    1. I highly doubt that. If she hasn’t learned her lesson yet, she probably never will.

      1. Actually, she HAS learned her lesson; exploiting her gender makes short-term advancement easier. What she HASN’T learnt is that there are long-term complications to it. And when she does learn that, it’ll be too late to do anything about it.

        1. The Time Lord has met her baby. It had a f****d-up childhood.

  6. Where’s Purvous? We haven’t seen him since his one-frame appearance showing what was happing at the Food Baron while the picnic was going on…

    1. Agreed, moar special needs lulz!

    2. Fun fact: Purvous has only been in 10 strips out of 236. He’s a minor character with a big impact.

      1. All the more reason to bring him on more than once every blue moon!!

        1. Speaking of which, what about That Guy, the one Purvous said “You gonna get fired today” to.* Things couldn’t have been *that* bad while he was in charge, right? RIGHT? Oh, dear… 😉


  7. not really surprised that she turns to that plan to raise up in the ranks of a dead end job…

  8. Well at least she [b] came[/b] to a conclusion.

    Har de har har


  9. It’s gotten so layered that this depiphany actually pleasantly threw me. What? I’m reading a comic strip? NO! 🙂

  10. She gonna end up in the gutter.


      suckin ppl off for a mcdubble

      1. While givin a handjob to two other guys for the fries and soda.

        1. Ha! Beautiful. ^_^

        2. Because it suits her to the n’th degree? Nawwwwww 😉

        3. Misty Beethoven she is not.

  11. And again we are reminded on just how big a slut she is. Not bad enough she cheats on her guy just to get ahead but not she’s trying to do it again. I mean for gods sake woman if you’re going to be the company slut be one in a company that pays allot more than a dame grocery store.

  12. Remember what Nate said about the economy? As future planning goes it’s probably one of the more viable strategies and as someone who works in a similar line of work, convenience store not grocery, Tracey, if she were real would probably be a regional manager by now.

  13. Meh. She still likes him.

    And here I was finally convinced that her little freakout during End of Compliance was completely non-canon.

  14. I think the gag is on the reader and on the hapless lad. The scratching of the itch line is banter between two people who have chemistry. This last strip is so exaggerated that she is either à pantomime villain/slut or she is taking the piss. That the chorus is now chanting, “slut,slut,slut!” means it’s risen to the bait.

    1. Does it count that I had the Disney show Good Luck Charlie theme in my head?

      Hang in there baby

      Yadda yadda, crap I don’t care to remember

      You’ll turn out fine this year.

  15. Yeah… is it any wonder I prefer Rose and Miranda over Tracy? :facepalm:

  16. Well, maybe she’s ready to go the next step after the jelly incident and get herself another anal gape in order to ascend to a higher level.

    The price of success.

  17. I’m adding “depiphany” to my vocabulary 🙂

  18. Why settle for a one-on-one with the district manager, Tracy? Head straight for the top and go in for the kill:

    Tracy & Beth: *slurp* *squelch* *squeal* etc.

    Charles Connor Baron III, President and CEO of Food Baron: Oh! Oh my! Ah! Yes! All right! I am appointing you as Food Baron’s Head of Discipline. Salary… ooooh!

    Tracy: Never mind that. I get Nathan Ashborne as my personal sex slave.

    Charles: Yyyesss!

    Tracy: And Miranda Reyes as my personal whipping girl.

    Beth: *slurp* And 80% discount on alcohol purchases!

    Charles: Sssure!

    Tracy: And assistant managers’ duties will be expanded to include counseling and backrubs, establishment and supervision of a company creche, phone sex services for our senior customers, and… what is that bleeping noise?! Shit…

    (Tracy wakes to the sound of her alarm. She sleepily pounds the pillow in frustration.)

    Tracy: (grinds teeth) Stupid dream. Stupid dream company president. Aren’t we owned by a faceless conglomerate or something, anyway?

    Hey, if Dallas can get away with it, so can I.

    1. The man who knows all

      You had me going for a while.

  19. I presume the gain she got from him makes her vulnerable in such a situation as she might wish to belittle him in. Fecking emotions and their desperate drag on one’s rise to middle managerial mogolhood. What kind of world do we live in that a smart, sexy, young woman, with glasses that only enhance her features, can’t sleep with someone that’s learned one or two of her hooha’s delightfully erogenous secrets without gaining something!?

    He should buy her some jewelry just to make amends. Better yet, he should get her a meeting, and prime the regional manager with tips towards cracking the mystery of her orient…could imagine someone doing that under several circumstances, including a boy who believes he will call her bluff this way, and make her to crack somehow somehow.

    I could imagine someone doing such because he’s a boy who wants to make a maybe lover squirm her way away from him…but I’m reading too much of my own baggage into this. Were I to have my way, all female individuals within the comic would be confined to their own girl-maintenance pods within my subterranean …erm…

    No, hey, she’s crazy, isn’t she, Nate…heh…heh…AHEM *goes back to what he was doing*

  20. Place yer bets people!

    Will the district manager be: Male? Female? Gay? Showing up in the comic at all?

    1. District manager is Uncle Chuey, hence why he was heading to the beach.

  21. Atta girl, Tracy. They can’t MAKE you learn anything from this! *^_~*

  22. I’d hazard a guess that Tracy’s biological clock started ticking for some reason, and she at least knows that Nate’s a fertile male. Or at least a sexually active one roughly her own age.

    1. She should end up with Trevor, and let the douchebaggery and b*tchiness be confined to their family alone.

  23. Godsmack reference Nick?

    1. Not intentionally, but I did listen to them in my younger days, so maybe it buried itself in my subconscious.

  24. FUCK the regional manager(no pun intended), she should go straight to the governor.

  25. P.S. I’ve gotta say at this point, the main character’s bluntness, brutal honesty, & awesome sarcasm remind me of a friend who works a similar job at a certain VERY well-known food services establishment (whose name shall remain anonymous). I’m not sure the others in this comic are like his coworkers (wouldn’t surprise me though), but Nate DEFINITELY reminds me of him.

    Keep up the good work Nick.

  26. One would think that tracy would aim a little higher in her goals, like banging the owner of the entire story chain or at least a son of he’s or her’s (guessing they have one) but meh, sometimes u go for the easy raise.

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