J.P. passes the first round of familial inspection, but when the family heads to the al fresco dining table things get a little more awkward. I normally would blame the seating arrangement, because due to that bit of television artifice where they seat everyone on one side of the table so the camera is not just looking at backs, no one can actually talk to each other. So it is awkward and it is not conducive to good conversation, so things were bound to be uncomfortable. However when Ashley said she was funnier than J.P. he seemed to take offense and the awkwardness went up so high that Emeril appeared out of know where just to say, "That's kickin' it up a notch!" Ugh, sorry. I'm drunk on Goldschlager. Do you think my liver is gold-flecked right now? I sure hope so although I might be assaulted by 49ers later.
Anyway, Ashley's sister started it by asking if J.P. made Ashley laugh and then she sat back and watched the whole scene unfurl and it was... awkward. They were all laughing at the end, but when Ashley took a moment with her mom and her sister, Chrystie was convinced that J.P. was all wrong for Ashley. So Ashley... cried. DRINKKKKKKKK! Her mom and sister were, like, what the hell is wrong with you?! We're telling you our opinion and you're dating two guys simultaneously and we have to pick one of them. Stop crying you moron! I'm projecting a bit, but seriously Ashley, you asked them their opinion. Mom starts wavering a bit, but Chrystie holds fast. She saw how J.P. and Ashley interacted, how they were together, and she just didn't see it. Ashley is still sniveling and she tries to explain that she has been confused, but feels strongly, but is still torn. Chrystie is like, whatever, I'm pretty logical and based on what I saw you guys weren't right together. At that their mom steps in to try to mediate the conversation and sensibly points out that they can't make a reasonable assessment of a man and a relationship based on 15 minutes with a guy. Although I think if I spent 15 minutes locked in a close with Alexander Skarsgard, I could make a reasonable assessment... or at least try really really hard.