Alex, I agree that Slade should have stopped talking, but don't you think that he should also have apologized? Lydia was his hostess for the evening, and he had clearly offended her. Even though that may not have been his intent, and Lydia may have overreacted, his defensive and somewhat smart-aleky explanation made him appear arrogant, rude, and unconcerned for anyone else's feelings. If he had simply apologized, he would have appeared more gentlemanly. Instead he became an even more unlikeable character to me, and his "unlikeability" is bleeding over on to Gretchen. On the other hand, Lydia's calm and collected "I see who you are" and "you never take ownership" response made me respect and root for her even more.