I can't remember, was this implied affair something that happened on-screen or was otherwise mentioned before this point? Otherwise, Christo and Melaine haven't really done anything but deny and deflect here, but everyone's jumping down their throats before they can defend themselves. Feels like a Lauren and Rick situation all over again.
In response to the previous comment, I think the consequences for Melanie on this will be seen soon when it cuts to her and Andy. I recall early back in the comic that Peter showed a great amount of regret over Melanie. I guess we will see why.
As for Christo...eesh this has been a long time coming.
The group hate aint misdirected
IF they are as aware of Christo's inclination for seduction as Peter is. It may not be as *personal* to them as it is to Peter -- and Christo's done Peter wrong *twice* now! -- but they may well be aware of him by reputation at least. Melanie's guilty only once, Christo's guilty a dozen times over. Or more. And by messing with Andy and Melanie, plus wrecking Wiley's wake, he's made it personal to them.
The hate is not exactly misdirected. Melanie has to answer to Andy, but generally the group knows her, and this is atypical of her. Christo on the other hand is like "WHAAAAT, I DIDN'T DO ANYTHING" when everybody knows the guy beds a new girl everyday... why Melanie???
In Christo's corner.
No. Don't walk away Christo. Don't give into their intimidation. None of them have any actual proof you've done Andy wrong. For all they know, Melanie could have just shown Christo the tattoo. He may be a horndog, but he's not one to cross THAT line.
Peter, remember Michelle? How you and her tried to hide your relationship from everyone else? You have no leg to stand on here.
Mulligan, you are a grade A asshole so anything you say does not count. Get to basic already. Maybe they'll teach you how to be a man. And Christo's right. Who anyone is boinking is none of anyone eles' business.
I'd love to see Christo throw a punch. Take their righteous indignation down a peg or two. The way he took that sucker punch from Andy says to me he's been in a fight or two already.
The group has already driven away Wiley with their nonsense. They've also driven away Patrick with their nonsense. If they don't change course soon, they will also drive away Christo with their nonsense.
@Rexhinalt Sure, there is the 'in/out of character' argument. However I don't think Christo has actually cuckolded anyone before this incident so I don't see why his horndog nature makes any difference. To my mind they are equally responsible. Also yes Christo is handling this abysmally.
@Luminous Lead - "deny and deflect" is the first if not only defense of the guilty
@Devil's Addvocate - If she'd only shown him the tat, those should have (and would have) been the first words out of his mouth, easy defense. Calling out Peter for concealment doesn't work either, because the reasons were very different, there was no other existing relationship being disrespected (or finessed). And remember, the tag line for this comic, from Day One, was "The best friends you'll ever lose"
@Godwin My biggest surprise would be if Christo *hasn't* previously cuckolded several other peripheral characters off-screen.
Although the point about Mulligan is well taken, you don't get to start calling yourself a "possible hero" as a pick-up line until you at least FINISH BASIC for fuck's sake. Better would be after MOS training and assigned to a "permanent party" station. Better still if you've actually been in a combat zone...
@Rexhinalt: It's hard to speak a proper defense when you're in complete shock and reeling from a false accusation. As for other relationships not being disrespected, not being honest with your friends when you're in a relationship IS disrespect. If Christo is going to down, I hope to hell he goes down fighting.
Let's be clear: the language that Christo uses is "I don't think it's any of your business [whether or not I fucked Andy's girlfriend".
He either a) had sex with her or b) TRIED to have sex with her and got down to her being unclothed to know about the tattoo. He's not an artist, so we know she didn't do something like model in the nude for him.
What other explanation is there? "Oh, hey, friend-of-my-boyfriend! Wanna see all my tattoos? There's this one on my pussy! See?"