Time to go home! Lauren B makes very clear that she does NOT introduce a lot of guys to her family. Ron, the guy who scrapes the gum from under the desks over the summer at the middle school? He did not get an introduction. But Ben, he’s getting an introduction, to Dad Dave, Mom Kristen, and Siblings Molly, Bryant, and (maybe?) Brett. These people know how to wear a damn sweater. In my notes I wrote “these people are from church,” and if you’ve been to one of those, you’ve seen them too.
Sister Molly puts Ben on the spot right away, asking if he’s going to say similarly nice things about the other girls to their families. Because he has clever answers for nothing, Ben says “I can’t put it into words” and starts spontaneously weeping, and Sister Molly laps it right up. The act, not the tears, although: that would be weird! Which this Portland household needs a little more of. Then Lauren B talks with her sister and she cries, because she’s “definitely in love with Ben.” Is it strange to have all these girls I’ve never met tell their families they’re in love with me? Honestly, no. I can handle it.