Fish tankHey, is it weird to give your comic Cameo Background Fish? Because I’m 99% sure these little fishes are an homage to 95 Gallons.

And in front of them we have Sparrow and her mom, last seen leaving for dinner, a full chapter/30-ish pages (and multiple dramatic scenes with at least half the other main cast) ago. Don’t worry, by the end of this chapter I’ll have their conversation wrapped up.

Up in MA, back to the present.

Sparrow: And with that kind of strategy, we’re practically guaranteed to have a Democratic landslide in November!

Mrs. Applebaum: Bravo, dear! I’m so proud of you.

Sparrow: Thanks, Mom.

Mrs. Applebaum: Sparrow? You look a bit low . . . Are you eating properly? Do you want me to send more herbal supplements?

Sparrow: I’m fine. Although if you could find us a replacement recliner, that would be nice. Just wondering about something . . . it’s the reason I asked you to come visit, actually . . . What was my sperm donor like? And was there anything . . . weird . . . about him?

Mrs. Applebaum: So you finally want to know . . .

Sadly, the records are sealed and I didn’t write any of it down.

Sparrow: Thanks, Mom.

Mrs. Applebaum: Of course, you’re not a minor any more! If you want to sue the agency to get that information unsealed, you have the legal standing. And my full support. I’ve always wanted you to have a strong connection to your heritage. That’s why I picked a donor who looked as much like me as possible! So that even if you only ever got in touch with my culture, you wouldn’t have to feel you were missing out!