Over at the Ferris Wheel, everyone's getting on the ride. Carol spots Diane and Mark and asks where Warren is. Diane says he's sitting this one out. Ed and Carol get in their car. Ed asks Carol if she's scared. She says no, and asks if he is. He says no, and gives a sly grin. Uh oh. Something's up here. I get the feeling when they get off the ride, they'll be the ones engaged. You just watch, Buster. I'm never wrong about this type of thing. Meanwhile, Mark and Diane get in their car. Diane asks Mark if he likes Ferris Wheels. Mark's got the "frantically drowning" look on his face, otherwise known as sheer panic. Mark says he likes them; he's just not sure they like him. Diane points out that Mark makes fun of himself a lot, and asks why. "Because it's pretty damned easy" is his reply. Hallelujah, big guy. That's the same reason I do it. It's much easier to make fat jokes than it is to make neurotic jokes about Carol or nice-guy jokes about Ed. If I actually spent the time required on these recaps to make fun of people other than Mark, we'd all be reading the third-episode recap right now, rather than that of the season finale.
Warren's trying to buddy up to the guy operating the Ferris Wheel. He asks if there's any way they can make this ride a short one. The guy says it goes around fourteen times. Warren thinks that's crazy, because when he was a Ferris Wheel operator back in Reno, they'd go around six times max, leaving the customers wanting more. The guy says it's going around fourteen times, exhibiting the same diplomatic kindness you find in most carnies. Warren mentions that he's seen guys lose their pensions by letting Ferris Wheels go around fourteen times. It's scenes like this that give me a firm belief that the people who don't watch Ed are truly missing out on some of the greatest acting on television. A desperate Warren is truly a sight to behold.