@jodie: i think the best thing about this chapter is the arguments. in a situation like this, it's not the things said - it's what isn't said. maybe i'm reading too much into it, or maybe we're meant to be reading the arguments in the minds of the characters.
6.o Really Rick? Seriously?
I'm just going to say this about Rick's last comment? Excuse me?!!
That's like Germany blaming World War II on England because they refused to let the Nazi's take over Europe, and fought back. Yes, I just equated Rick to a Nazi, but only as an analogy. Clearly the guy is gaining some measure of ground in Lauren's emotions and her mind, or she wouldn't have said anything that Rick talked with her about in previous comics.
Honestly, I have a bad feeling that if Rick does follow her, Lauren's going to find out just how unlike her boyfriend Rick really is. In my opinion, he sounds too much like the creeps who use date-rape drugs to get what they want.
I thought Lauren had some ground to stand on before, but no, now I've lost a lot of respect for her. I was fine with the "You don't dictate who I can and cannot be friends with" principle. But rejecting that your Significant Other (SO) has the right to be jealous, and then making conversation without re-introducing your SO is terrible.
She doesn't care that Rick makes Sam uncomfortable and jealous. She doesn't care that Sam is upset, and she just expects Sam to be okay. It's all about Lauren. She at no point calls Rick on his bullshit or his rudeness but instead reacts only to Sam.
I am not surprised Sam is acting this way, or that Rick is a Dick; but she has done very little to reassure Sam, WHO OBVIOUSLY NEEDS REASSURANCE, and just gets angry.
Comments about Rick and Sam handling this badly is all well and good, but Lauren isn't handling it at all. She's attacking someone she should be being patient with or backing away from confrontation completely. Taking an 'I AM RIGHT YOU ARE WRONG' approach.
Super disappointed in Lauren these past two panels. Refusing to understand your SO's frustration, and only getting angry at him. (The cafe scene with Rick does not equate to angry, she was passive and still polite, unlike any of the times she's reacted to Sam.)
Jealousy is normal and very easy to deal with IF you deal with it. Which Lauren isn't by choosing to expect Sam to just not be jealous or upset. Which IS unreasonable.
So before I scrolled down, I thought Sam was the one who said, "Haven't you done enough damage already?" And when I -did- scroll down & saw that RICK said it...I was like hell no. This dude's just getting worse and worse & I can't wait for someone, hopefully Sam, to sock it to him. But for some reason, I also want Michelle to do it.
In Lauren's mind this is all about trust, Sam should trust Lauren to behave rationally about Rick. He should trust that if she really loves him she'll resist any attempts made by Rick. And in her mind, if Sam is truly comfortable in his position as her significant other, he should have no problem with a guy attempting to move in. In fact, he should scoff at the concept and let Lauren handle it, now mind you, this is all from Lauren's point of view and it doesn't take into account not the lack of trust in Lauren, but a lack of trust in Lauren's ability to recognize a truly hazardous individual like Rick, or that she might not realize that Rick is far MORE dangerous than she might think.
In the end, this is about a lack of communication between Sam and Lauren that has led to this, if they had talked about Rick like calm adults and Sam had been able to address his issues concerning his feelings that Rick is a threat to their relationship, I feel that Lauren would've been far more receptive to his feelings.
I personally don't like how she is dealing with it. I mean all of them are in fault.
I haven't seen her ask Rick to "Hey do you mind if you actually talk to my partner when I am around." or "I would really appreciate it if you included him in some of our conversations." He may be her friend, but it is just rude to ignore Sam when he is right there, and I don't get why she hasn't addressed that.
Not a single person is being a rational adult about this, but that's the beautiful thing about being college-aged: you think you're an adult and you're trying to figure it out, but at the end of the day, you're just slightly older than you were in high-school and the maturity just isn't quite there yet.
That being said, Lauren is being a cunt and Sam just needs to beat the hell out of Rick.
This is what pushes Sam over the edge. He'll punch Rick, who will probably offer very little resistance, if any. Afterwards, he'll *coincidentally* run into Lauren, meekly show her his bruised face and say "Your boyfriend did this." Lauren'll go nuts, tear into Sam for being nothing more than a macho jealous brute, completely ignoring that Rick was the one egging him on, and dump his ass.
Sam'll be bitter, which will either fuel or destroy his creativity for his upcoming exhibit.
Makes no difference if anyone else cleans Rick's clock instead of Sam. If anything, it'll make Lauren feel further alienated from the group.
That said, major super duper kudos points for Sam if he uses that opportunity to stay cool, say something brilliant and tip on out as the better man. Judging by his face, though, I highly doubt this will happen.
I've liked Sam and Lauren so much in this comic that I almost didn't want to come to this page today. (almost. Can't miss it lol)
That being said: I agree with Jess completely. I was Rick Bashing before but none of them are handling this well, although Sam does get some sympathy, if I remember correctly, he tried being patient and trusting in the beginning....until Rick started being even more of a douche.
And Rick....well, I haven't really liked Rick to begin with but now he's just being an ass.
@Jess: I agree totally. Lauren definitely is handling this terribly and while Sam has not handled all of this well, she has done practically nothing to set Douche McDouchestache strait or to help ease Sam's jealousy. Most of this could have been avoided if Lauren had done some damage control on easing Sam's jealousy and reassuring him and also calling Rick on some of his a-hole moves when singling her out and not acknowledging her friends.
And as a final note, during all this crap, where in the HELL is all of the gang? This can't have gone unnoticed and somebody should already be up holding Sam back and doing him the favor of beating the hell out of Rick.
Fight! Fight! Fight!
I feel like I did back in school when a fight was about to happen...
Actually, I never saw a fight happen in school - probably one of the good(?) things to come out of growing up where I did. But if tv and movies have taught me anything, this is the part of the scene where I join everyone else in a circle around Sam and Mr. Douchetastic and chant, "Fight! Fight! Fight!"
PS: I also hope Michelle comes out and punches Mr. Doucheydouche in his smug face.
I've kinda let Lauren slide for being young and naive. However, I am beginning to wonder if Sam couldn't do better. I also think it would be much better if Sam and Rick don't fight. If they do, Lauren will just harass Sam some more about his "bad attitude." Nope, I am hoping that Peter or, better yet, Michelle will step up with the punch. The One Inch Punch.
I...don't see this going well. I find this Rick guy to be a bit of a douche, and lauren ain't in my good graces either. Way to ignore how your so-called "significant other" feels. he does have the right to be jealous, and it's clear why.
I hope he doesn't punch Rick, but if he does..regardless of the outcome after..I'll laugh. The dude honestly desrves it!
missing the point
Jealousy is one thing, but Sam is dealing with disrespect. Not macho BS disrespect either. It is one thing if Rick was mooning over Lauren or even working to try to get Lauren behind his back, but Rick is being flat out rude and disrespectful to Sam in front of his face and Lauren has done nothing about that. He not only shows a lack of respect but a lack of common courtesy.
If one of Sam's friends was flat out rude to Lauren every time they saw her, would she not be upset? Adding the romantic component only makes it worse.
The tipping point
I love this story line. (Long time reader, first time commenter!) I feel for Lauren and her frustration. Wondering if Sam is a Scorpio ;)
Those jealous types and all. I think Lauren has every right to navigate her life and have friends with trust from her partner. Is this Rick character an idiot who wants something? Yes. And so is basically every dude an attractive female deals with. I personally do not feel burdened or responsible for other people who find me attractive as a female. That is not my problem. (And by extension, not my partner's either) Being a jealous partner makes it my problem in a way I have little patience with. I'd much rather ignore lame, fruitless advances and go on with my life than be weighed down by the male gaze. If the roles were reversed and a lady was after my partner, I'd laugh it off. My partner had a choice and I respect that. If Sam respected Lauren this would be a non-issue. It wouldn't be nearly as fun to read though :D
Oh my giddy gawd.
I can't understand why Lauren never did the simplest things to alleviate the situation.
"Hey, Rick. Say hi to Sam." Or some non-verbal communication: getting physically closer to Sam, holding his hand, or kissing him, hell even on the cheek, while in Rick's presence. It's literally the easiest non-confrontational way to say, "Please remember I'm taken and not interested!" At least, that's always been my strategy.
That, and "I hope you know I'm not going to fuck you."
(I am loving the drama--better in my comics than in my life!)