Lads on the booze , someone hits you in the head , if you've been punched in the head lots you'll know that there is little gauging how heavy the hit is unless it's a sickening thud and you are in trouble / losing your legs.
Otherwise your brain just registers that you've been hit in the head and it overwhelms your senses , especially if you're not prepped for it / there is no loading up / square up or any of the signals that telegraph that you're about to get whacked.
Taken by surprise ( remember it's not like watching it removed as an observer ) Instinct kicks in. You either back off ( not through some rational at you key board thought process ) out of a flight reaction , or you brain snap and react.
Slater throws straight away , he doesn't wait to get a sly perfect hit in , he just fires and aims better than the drunkard that hit him.
The guy is so out of it he isn't even of a mind to cover up or keep swinging , he just throws an ineffectual cave man 'punch out ' because he has an anger management problem.
I don't like that the bloke got hit.
But if I wacked anyone in the way he did ( good punch / useless punch ) then I would reasonably expect that the person might react.
It's 'reasonable to expect that if you behave like that you will get hit.
Slater did him a favor in the Jungle scheme of things that is the Street. Should he have gone on from that experience thinking that behavior has no immediate physical consequence.....then someone will likely do much worse to the fellah.
Sounds like screwy logic but it's a reality.
Edited by mt smart, 14 November 2013 - 07:52 AM.