Deconstructing the phrase “Are you thinking what I think you’re thinking” is one of my prouder moments as an editor.

The ropes were in Syr’Nj’s “special bag,” of course. She never said anything about being out of rope.

The least realistic thing about this sequence is that self-centered Best is looking like he’ll be the last out of there, which telegraphs none too subtly what is going to happen next. Byron with his low-key suicidal mood or Frigg the tank, carrying Gravedust on her back, would be more likely to bring up the rear. Well, let’s just say Best was so enraged that he barely recovered his sense of self-preservation in time to start shimmying.