Originally Posted by JeffLowell
"Rick hides the letters; .
Ok - but for a noble cause, or simply to force the issue with Ilsa and get closure on his internal problem?
Rik's actions with the national anthem was reactive, he didn't initiate it the episode.
Rik is deffinitely the hero of his internal struggle, then becomes the hero of the external struggle - both protag and MC.
Actually, I guess that the final image of Rik walking off into the 'sunset' with renault (instead of Lazlo flying into the blue with Ilsa, or Lazlo & Rik flying off into the blue withour that two-timing bitch Ilsa) underlines that the writer wanted us to see Rik as the hero - and therefore the Protag.
I guess you're right after all