So she knew from the start that Sam was justified in his concerns and still chose to make him feel like crap for it and act like he was being unreasonable in feeling threatened by this guy. What a load of crap.
"Did", does not excludes "and still do". As a matter of fact, it is possible Rick is using past tense to check Lauren's reaction. And judging from the face she's making in the last panel, if he does still have feelings for her he'll be making a move right about now.
I have the feeling Lauren really did want to flirt a bit and see if she could replace Sam...
It's scary that I've been in this situation before and had it go down exactly like this. It's obvious to a woman when a man likes her, and she most likely has feelings for him too. There is no past tense here because I'm sure he's just wording it to be safe. I.e. _did_ have feelings sounds better than -do- have feelings right now.
@jodie: OK, but he doesn't need to trust Rick in order to trust Lauren. He was supposed to trust that she wouldn't allow anything to happen assuming Rick tried to make a move. His treatment of Rick was disrespectful to Lauren and a sign he didn't trust her, even if the lack of trust was for Rick. No one is innocent in this storyline.
So, Rick's being all reasonable and Lauren's admitting that she knew he was into her. Cue the outrage, right?
I admit that at first I was like "WHAAAAAAAAA-?", but then I remembered that I am friends with several women that I am attracted to, despite being in a relationship, yet don't act upon said attraction because I am capable of separating those from my interactions with them. I'm not blind. I know what attracts me. However, this doesn't mean that it has to take center stage whenever I meet someone of the opposite sex.
As such, I'm willing to cut Lauren some slack in that respect. So what if she knew he was into her? It's not like she was being physically or verbally suggestive to him in order to fuel his fire. Reporting Rick's attraction to Sam is not entirely necessary, IMHO. I don't run to my girlfriend every time another woman expresses interest in me or shares my interests. She knows my heart is hers and there is trust between us.
My one and only beef in this whole mess has been Rick's interactions with Sam. Yes, Rick, you should have tried harder, especially in that bar. I will concede that Sam's friends, especially Christo, didn't make this easy at all. I believe that had either Sam or Rick gone that extra mile to extend his hand in genuine friendship, the path to suspicion, disrespect and violence could've been avoided. They would've been able to see each other on level ground. All that would be left after that would be the maintenance of trust.
We've reached the point where feelings are being spelled out for us. Rick is into Lauren. Lauren knows it. There actions now will define them more than ever. Lauren is all about trust and Rick is apparently 'looking out for her'. Can't wait to see where this goes!
So, if it *is* DID and he's decided to put it away to keep her friendship, is that such a terrible thing? My friends are some of the most beautiful people I've ever known. Yes, that means that at times, some of us have had feelings for each other in some way. If you love your friends that much, so much that you'll put away your own feelings to see them happy, you will have some of the closest friends imaginable. Whether or not he does still have feelings for her, he's not acting on them (minus being a dick to her boyfriend that he has only seen the bad points of).
So many people looking to jump all over him negatively. Now, Lauren is a problem, she should have been forthcoming with Sam. She should have told him that Rick did have feelings for her but that she wasn't going to act on them and neither was he, and gauged her future friendship with him based on Sam's feelings on the matter and whether or not he trusted her enough to let her decide. If she wanted his friendship more than she wanted to keep Sam as her boyfriend, she should have left Sam and at least been fair.
Okay, either we all seriously got the wrong opinion of this guy, or he's a mastermind of manipulation. I honestly can't tell at this point.
On one hand, if he's being 100% sincere, then whoops, we all hit the wrong conclusion. On the other hand, if this whole thing was engineered by him to get Sam at least somewhat out of the picture so he could admit his feelings... he's even more manipulative than anyone gave him credit for.
And now I'm wondering which direction Mr. Twist is going to take us in. All this time, there's been this build-up of Rick being some kind of swoop-in asshole, but now I'm beginning to wonder if my snap-judgment of him was a little harsh. He seems to be reasonable right now, but I still think he looks like a date-rapist.
Admittedly, confessing that I *did* have feelings isn't necessarily what I'd do in Rick's position, if I were going for breaking them up; but it isn't really strong evidence in either direction. It's something he might say if he's innocent, but he might also try it as a ploy, as was said above, to feel out Lauren's reaction.
In any event, I don't dislike him because he wants/wanted to sleep with Lauren. I dislike him because of how much he disparages Sam. If it is not his *intent* to break them up, the only other reasonable explanation for the things he has said about Sam is extreme paranoia, such that I would be forced to assume that *he* had been the victim of an abusive relationship, and Lauren's relationship with Sam bears a superficial resemblance to it.
Still the prick ...
You all seem to be missing something ... not Lauren's final words, but in the first panel.
Rick had the balls to say 'Maybe I should have tried harder.', as if he had made an effort at all to be friendly or in fact anything BUT aloof towards the entire group. That's not being reasonable. That's being manipulative.
Regardless of what she thinks, it still seems to me that he is angling for her.
He may not have hidden his feelings, but it does appear to me that he is still hiding his actions behind a veil of friendship in a most deceitful manner.
I was wondering what event would be the one that would make Sam and Lauren split so they would get back together years down the line as we saw in the beginning.
I would like to point fingers at either Lauren or Sam, but having been in this exact scenario myself a few times I know that both parties were to blame. Myself for not trusting that "Lauren" would be loyal, and "Lauren" for not addressing (and even fueling) "Rick's" crush. I think the whole lesson to take away from this arc is that when it comes to love and jealousy there are always 2 sides to a story but 50 million ways to interpret them, and for the core people involved it is never the most logical or honest interpretation that is taken.
Hence the heartbreak.
I also wonder if this is the event that causes our band of buddies to splinter and put Peter in his rather melancholy present.
May have been wierd
Christo may be looked at by Lauren as a wierd little man, but he was a RIGHT wierd little man. At least he puts it out there, and not hides it and lets his SO take the fall, then get HIT for it.
Throw Lauren over the gunwale Sam, and let her swim with the sharks for a while....
Ok but seriously...Lauren never once said, "Hey, so he might have feelings for me, but don't worry Sam, I'm not going to let him come between us." Instead, she went right to "You don't trust me?!?!?!" which did not make Sam feel any better about the situation. All she would have had to do was affirm Sam in one small way and this could have been avoided.