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    Chapter 1: The Activity Club and the New Kid 
     Chapter 2: Max and the Midnight Visitor 
  • PJ gets introduced, and it's clear he has a bit of baggage. He barely has any self-confidence (exemplified as he can barely interact with the world, as ghosts need to feel like they should be able to in order to do so) and died when he was a child, and his response to Max's question of how long he's been dead is "Too long". Due to his nature as a ghost, he's also doomed to forget who he is after a while and fade away.
  • Max confirms that his mother has been dead for five years. He reluctantly describes her death as "sudden and grisly" and clearly isn't over it.
     Chapter 3: Max, Isaac and the Secret Shortcut 
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     Chapter 4: The Activity Club and the Ghost Train 
  • From Chapter 4, page 22, PJ suggests if it was him he'd probably just told Max's father about the juvenile burglars, then kind of loses his train of thought when he realizes it would have been his father. If he was Max. Which suggests that he has probably witnessed his father grow old and die or move away, and also that he envies Max for still having a family.
  • Chapter 4, page 53 starts out feeling different from the other pages right off the bat, with PJ saying "You must think I'm pretty boring, huh?" Then it gets gradually more depressing until the last few lines of the page:
    PJ: ...I've read a lot of comic books, y'know. I can tell. I'm not like you. I'm not important at all.
    Max: ...How do you figure?
    PJ: Heroes don't die. Not before the story starts.
  • From Chapter 4, page 99. Poor Eightfold.
    Eightfold: First thing you do when yer outta [spirit trance] is help Max out, 'kay?
    Isabel: ...What about you?
    Eightfold: Heehee. Sorry, Isabel.
    • Building on that, the next two pages deal with Eightfold informing Isabel that she'll never see her again, and trying to send her off with meaningful words. Seriously, it must be seen to be believed... tissues-on-standby recommended.
  • Ed sneaking off, leaving Isabel to be scolded by her grandfather. And right after they'd had a moment, too.
     Chapter 5: The Activity Club and the Insidious Infiltrator 
  • Isaac may be on the verge of his Start of Darkness.
    Isaac: It's just like. Max was supposed to be my friend, like Isabel has Ed, but... they're telling him things they won't tell me... and everyone likes him... It's clear already. He's in the club, and... and I'm still the odd kid out.
  • Isabel's sad smile as she remembers her failure to have Eightfold's back.
  • While the conversation keeps the usual quirky humor, the potential gap created between Isaac and Max is almost painful to watch, especially since we know from earlier that Isaac is a bit on the paranoid side and sees this as a betrayal of sorts, while Max only lashes out at what he perceives as unwarranted hostility towards both him and Isabel as he doesn't know the whole story.
  • Cody's expression about being hit by a possessed Jeff in hitball counts. Cody had been standing up for Jeff the entire series as his best friend, especially during the hitball game; seeing him slowly realize he's been hit and walk off with a depressed look on his face is almost too much to watch.
  • Violet trying to reassure Jeff is kind of sweet and sad at once. She vows to stick by his side, but apparently they're not that close, since she adds to think of her as a useless free lawyer if he can't think of her as a friend. But since Jeff is possessed, he doesn't respond.
  • Isaac confronts Isabel and Ed and demands that they prove they're not Hijack. When Isabel is able to answer this, Isaac declares that it doesn't matter since Hijack might be able to access memories, saying "You only need two people for a cowboy standoff". Isabel and Ed shoot him with spec shots in response. This causes Isaac to snap, screaming that he knows that he doesn't belong even though Max fits in fine, begging Isabel to admit that he deserves it and that she hates him, bursting into tears when he acknowledges that even Mr. Spender teases him and treats him like an outcast, and declaring that he hates the way he's been treated and the others in the club.
Isaac: I HATE it! I hate YOU! If you hate me tell the TRUTH!!
  • Isabel's response to his outburst is also pretty sad. While she tells Isaac that she doesn't and won't hate him and that that viewpoint isn't fair, she also cries out that nobody had tried to console her. It's clear that she's still trying to get over the incident.
Isabel: No one- You never asked...you never cared how I felt!! We all got hurt! We're all dealing with it, so just let me...! Just! Stop picking at the scab!!
     Chapter 6: Stephen and the Suspension of Disbelief 
  • After traveling, and subsequently bonding, with a dog in a search to find its owner (and get a reward), Stephen finally manages to track down the owner of the dog...only for the promised "Cash Reward" to be the name of the dog in question and Stephen only gets a few cents as a pity gesture. Stephen leaves the owner's house dejected, imagining a scenario where he could adopt the dog and show it off to his friends instead.

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