I figured the connection when he started to talk about pancake girl. I think the outcome was appropriate. She went too far to try to commit suicide and that wasn’t Chad’s intention or realistic expectation of his actions. So murderint him isn’t appropriate. So humiliating him probably is enough to scare him from pressing charges on assault and battery by the father, which at that point was the end game for the gang.
It’s interesting that the play doesn’t have the ex wife or daughter as characters so that is probably where the slowness of the first hour is a problem in the movie. But my guess is the impact is greater than on stage since we do know the daughter in the movie. Also the scene played out in killing Chad and chopping him up are probably not in the play so that heightened the intensity of the movie.
Go see blue bayou. It’s very good powerful movie. The card counter sucks.