383: Helping

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Oh, look, the 'make everything better' button was here behind the bookshelf all along.
Title text: Oh, look, the 'make everything better' button was here behind the bookshelf all along.

[edit] Explanation

Everyone wants to help someone in need, but sometimes the help they can offer isn't enough, or is the wrong kind of help. Cueball tries to help Megan, who is in psychological/emotional distress, but despite his efforts she ends up in hospital. She may have attempted suicide, but it's not very clear. The point is that sometimes you just can't make people happy, it's something they have to do themselves.

The title text refers to a hidden button behind the bookshelf, but Cueball did not find it. This is ironic because, although people can try help with psychological/emotional problems, there is no magic button that makes everything better.

[edit] Transcript

It turns out you can't take responsibility for someone else's happiness.
[Cueball looking at a curled-up Megan.]
[Cueball's hand on Megan's shoulder.]
[Megan has her head in her hands.]
[Cueball watching an ambulance take Megan away in a stretcher.]
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Most depressing XKCD ever? 14:24, 22 August 2013 (UTC)

Every time when I see this comic I'm close before some tear drops running out of my eyes ;( --Dgbrt (talk) 21:42, 9 December 2013 (UTC)

Waitwaitwait. So the guy was in the building all along, witnessing the suicide/self-harm, and he failed to stop a woman from apparently successfully knocking herself out? 16:19, 24 May 2014 (UTC) (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

I thought Cueball was choking her!

I thought maybe it was about Randall's wife. Just like some of the comics feature her implicitly, I thought maybe this one did. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
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