After years of near-impossible naïvete, Gary catches the Smart Ball and manages to remain in control of the situation all the time — confronting Zii, the comic's self-designated trickster, no less! Sure, she was pressed for time and invented a pretty flimsy story, but Gary has failed to see more obvious things before.
Zii's attempt to trick her way out of responsibilities failed for once, cracking the aura of Karma Houdini that many fans found unlikeable.
Everybody in the forums suspected it'd happen, everybody in the forums hoped for it to happen, everybody in the forums rejoiced when it happened. As a forumite pointed out, you know it's well done when everybody sees it coming and everybody still loves it.
Gary got himself a date with an underrwear model. Sure, it took a while to materialise, it was with a transgender woman, and things then got complicated — but she's still hot, which has got to count for something. It impressed people at the time.
Gary went from total hopelessness to having multiple women fighting over him, and deals with it surprisingly well, sometimes. Though he can still be very, very hopeless. He even had the guts — or stupidity — to say he liked both girls of a pair instead of choosing one.
Zii's revenge on an Internet Troll.
Gary delivering the Swirly-go-round technique to Kiiley, giving her an awesome orgasm.
Zii finally makes her self-appointed wing-girl status beneficial to Gary when she stops DiDi from deliberately ruining his early-stages relationship with Kiley by dragging her off the scene Also doubles as a Crowning Moment of Funny.
Zii: "Weeeeeee're lesbians!
Kiley overcoming her A-Cup Angst next to busty Sonya, by calling her out on her "latent homosexual urges."
That could count as a Kick the Dog moment, though - yes, Kiley's asserting herself rather than having a complex over it... by using other people's complexes against them! (But at the same time, if Sonya's not gonna fight fair, why should Kiley?)
It's more awesome when you have context. Sonya is using her body, even shooting nude photos of herself to send to Gary, to get him away from Kiley. Realising she can't hope to compete that way, Kiley proves the use of her psych knowledge and not only gets Sonya to stop going after Gary, but allows her a breakthrough in admitting her love for Zii and coming to terms with the fact that she is at least bisexual.
When Yuki finally realizes that DiDi is a rival for Gary, she grabs a hotdog...AND EATS IT! Remember that Yuki has a phobia concerning anything remotely phallic. The following page is even better, especially considering their size difference. "Gary. Is. Mine."
Peggy has been in the comic for a bare few months — just days, in the comic's own timescale. But she decides that she needs to fix Sonya's relationship with Zii, just to get herself a good night's sleep. So she initiates Operation Jealousy — while suffering from sleep deprivation, and running on incorrect information about the situation. In the process, aside from demonstrating useful cooking skills (and a cute butt), as a side-effect, she makes a friend of Yuki, and causes Zii's view of her to shift from annoyance to respect. However, the comic's discussion boards were still full of people assuming, from past knowledge of the comic, that the plan would crash and burn disastrously. Instead, Peggy, physically exhausted and on the point of passing out, closes the deal and causes Zii to suffer a Heroic BSOD that may represent a major character development for her. Then Peggy passes out.
The Rockers getting their act together, taking the stage and rocking out so hard that they not only completely blow Angel's group away but the crowd cheers for an encore!
This strip is one for Gary. Happy birthday, indeed!
Two strips later, it gets better.
And after the threesome, it's revealed that Amber arranged for a veritable conga line of former co-workers to show up for a turn on the Swirly-Go-Round. Even if it's somewhat on-par with Yuki's treatment of him, it has to be a good boost for his ego.