If you suspected this whole chapter was an elaborate excuse to set up this one really obscure gag, you would be entirely correct.

When I said that Si staring at Nancy in pixel form on a screen was the fulcrum around which the chapter formed, I lied. This page coming up was the original germ of the idea that sprouted into this chapter – Nancy and Wording, stuck in a lift shaft, recreating the Barrel of Doom sequence in Sonic 3.

You may commence laughing at me for being so incandescently sad.