In the top panel, Mary is all flustered talking to the mermaid, knowing she’s served mermaid burgers back in her waitress days.

So, almost two years progressed during this page. I was going to stretch the story a bit, though. Show more of their travels. Basically, this page would have lasted a good five months or so. It was good stuff. But it was filler. Now it can be like the seventh season of Buffy. There were no throwaway episodes in that! It was just nonstop plot.