I'm back! From back pain! Yes, rumors of my back mutating a separate sentient entity swearing brutal vengeance upon humanity have been greatly exaggerated!
But yes, this was meant to be a Friday EGS:NP, and severe back pain got in the way of that. I'm not at 100% yet, but so long as I take breaks when I need to and don't do anything too stupid, I should be fine to make comics again.
But enough about backs! Back to the comic!
Firstly, I know this is common knowledge to many, but "kawaii" in the first panel is basically Japanese for "cute". There's more that can be said about its exact meaning and origin, but all you need to know for this is she apparently found kitten Mrs. Kitsune adorables.
Secondly, as controversial as I expect it to be, I really like that there's no jealousy or awkwardness between Rhoda and Catalina here, and that they're both on the exact same page about playing this game with Susan without any need for discussion between them.