Again he smiles self-deprecatingly.
Misato (OFF):“So you won't do it?”
Shinji:“It's not fair to force everything on her.”
Reichu: [whisper]Because she's hawt…[/whisper]
OMF: Leaving Rei to pilot the Eva is not the escape Shinji was looking for (in 169). He could never leave knowing someone else was suffering in his stead.