Title text: And she's gonna feel like a jerk when she realizes it was actually Under Pressure.
In the comic, we see Cueball declare his love for Megan in an oft-used setting, paying homage to similar events in classic literature, notably the "balcony scene" from William Shakespeare's book and play Romeo and Juliet, and a similar situation in Cyrano de Bergerac. In the former, Romeo, attempting to woo Juliet, stands beneath her balcony to profess his love for her. In the latter, an inarticulate cadet, Christian, professes his love for Roxanne by arranging to use the words of a fellow soldier, Cyrano, who secretly also loves Roxanne.
The 1989 movie "Say Anything..." contains a modern interpretation of this declaration of love, where John Cusack plays Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" on a boombox outside the house of the girl he likes.
In the comic, we see the xkcd take of that scene. Cueball is holding up a boombox (a self-contained semiportable stereo system, typically with cassette tape or CD player, and complete with integrated large speakers; extreme specimens could weigh up to 12 kg) which is playing music while Cueball declares his love for Megan. She first is startled, embarrassed, then eventually disgusted by the 1990 hit single Ice Ice Baby (Video) by Vanilla Ice playing on the boombox. Cueball then admits he "is not good at this," attempting to recreate the classic romantic scene, but utterly failing to play music suitable for such an event.
- Vanilla Ice was referenced also in 112: Baring My Heart
[Megan is looking out a second story window at Cueball holding a boombox over his head.]
- Cueball: MEGAN!
- Woman: Oh my god, I can't believe this is happening.
- Cueball: I LOVE YOU!
- Woman: Okay, that's great. Wait a second. Is ... is that ... Ice Ice Baby? What the hell?
- Cueball: I'm not very good at this.
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