Title text: And the worst part is you won't apologize.
A diode is an electronic component that, to put it simply, blocks current traveling in one direction, but allows current going the other way. Diodes are a common component of digital circuits, such as those found in a computer. The end that rejects incoming current is marked with a line or band of paint.
The comic is describing a common frustration in relationships. Sometimes one party in a relationship will feel that the other isn't listening to them, even though they themselves are being as open as possible. This is analogous to the function of a diode, which the comic indicates by literally introducing a diode into the dialogue. The diode introduced has the banded end being held by Cueball. This means his words are blocked by the diode, while Megan's flows through to him; she never receives his protest, his pain, or his apology and thus does not feel she did anything wrong. Megan could possibly have used the diode as a way to avoid apologizing, but she must have known she risked looking like an idiot by not perceiving his apology, illustrated by the title text: Megan didn't perceive Cueball's apology, due to it being blocked by the diode, so she berates Cueball for not apologizing.
- [Cueball is talking to Megan. Megan holds up a diode.]
- Cueball: We need to talk.
- Megan: Okay, but first hold the end of this diode.
- [They hold the diode.]
- Cueball: You hurt my feelings yesterday.
- Megan: You embarrassed me with my family last weekend.
- [They are still holding the diode between them.]
- Cueball: I'm sorry.
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