At Casa Nicolini, however, it's a slightly different story. Kevin is being banished to a separate bedroom from Jill, which means that I spend the rest of this scene with a great song called "Johnny's Room" running through my head. ("I bumped my head getting into bed in Johnny's lower bunk.") (Actually, that song's greatest feature is that it starts with the immortal line, "There are two things I can't stand, and one of them is your mom.") (But anyway.) Jill is taken aback that she isn't allowed to sleep with Kevin, but Scary Anthony explains in an interview that he simply wasn't comfortable with Jill and Kevin sleeping together in his house. He was, you will recall, comfortable participating in a pageant to select a husband for her from a group of strangers, but now that he's in it, it seems to make him uncomfortable. Getting engaged without meeting is all right, but there is to be no fooling around before the TV marriage -- what kind of family do you think he's running here? When everyone says good night, Scary Anthony calls Kevin "son," which motivates Kevin to give Scary Anthony a very, very awkward hug, which motivates Scary Anthony to shoot Kevin a look like he has just been sprayed with lye. Everyone goes off to bed, and as Jill closes the door, Scary Anthony voices over that she is his "little peanut." I have to tell you, if my father ever called me his little peanut, we would both start laughing so hard that any boyfriend who might be in the house at the time would immediately leave on the theory that we were both insane. Which is sort of true.
The next morning, Scary Anthony and Mama Nic continue their strange bickering dance as Jill interviews again that her family is weird. Haven't we been here before, not that long ago? Doesn't Jill have anything else to say? Kevin and Jill look on as the Anthony/Mama tension rises over the cooking of the food that is apparently on tap for the later festivities. Before you know it, there is a ding of the doorbell, and we see people labeled "Kevin's Family" outside the door. Wow, this will be crazy! Kevin's family, consisting of his mother, father, and sister, looks like they just drove in from a rather well-to-do part of Connecticut. Probably near where the family lived on Who's The Boss?. Mama Nic opens the door, and everyone greets each other happily, just as if they weren't ashamed at all. Mama Nic lets out a scream, and she and Lady Kevin hug. Kevin unconvincingly interviews that seeing his family show up at Casa Nicolini was a "great surprise." I think he was horrified, personally. This is, after all, awfully early in the relationship to introduce your moms to each other. It seems like blood could be spilled. But things look fairly good early on, as there is extreme hugging. Kevin points out that he started crying on sight of his family. Heh. Yeah, I'll bet. He's probably afraid Scary Anthony will eat them. Jill interviews that the whole thing was "kind of like George and Barbara Bush sat down and met the Sopranos." Well...yes, actually. And also, that would be funny. Barbara would smack Meadow hard, and who could be against that?