Denise and Stephen are headed to a mystery location for the evening, which turns out to be "one of [Stephen's] family's restaurants." Apparently, Stephen's family owns "Plaza Pizza." Maybe they're the PlazaPizzas. That would be a great name, and it would certainly make getting into the restaurant business a natural step. Stephen and Denise arrive and go inside to greet Stephen's family. Denise, I have to say, looks really lovely in these scenes, probably because she's substantially more relaxed than she has been up to this point and doesn't have quite that stink of trying quite so hard. Stephen describes the process of introducing Denise as his fiancée as "great," but "fearful" and "scary." Hmm. Someone brings out a pan of what sure looks like a reheated frozen lasagna, but I'm sure the family would want me to assure you is not actually a reheated frozen lasagna. Because they would never serve such a thing at Plaza Pizza. Everyone enjoys a toast -- although no one says anything as amusing as "cheers to beers and queers" -- and just then, Denise spots her parents walking up to the restaurant. They come inside, and Denise hugs her mom. Oh, hey, Denise's dad is there, too, and her brother, and...sister Dawn! Aww, I kind of like sister Dawn. And she'll be so relieved to hear about the schoolgirl outfit, because she was worried that they weren't enjoying enough intimacy.
Interestingly, Stephen's family and Denise's family hit it off like crazy. Stephen's mom says she knew right away that she was going to like Denise's family, and Carol (Denise's mom) says that it was "very comfortable" being with the PlazaPizzas. "I truly believe they've embraced my daughter," she says. Which is, of course, more than we can say for Stephen himself. (Rim shot! Ha-cha-cha-cha! Someone smack me. Seriously. ["[Fwap.]" -- Sars]) Sister Dawn, meanwhile, has noticed a major change in the tone of Stephen and Denise's relationship since last she saw them. She comments that they're more "affectionate" as we see them exchange a little peck. "I am so excited!" she says. Stephen's mom thinks Denise "would make a great wife" for Stephen. I think Denise should marry Stephen's mom. Or Stephen should marry Dawn. Wasn't there supposed to be voting? I would vote for that. Imagine the Denise wigging out that would ensue.
Stephen takes Denise's dad out for a private talk. He interviews that he thought it was "his duty" to ask Dad whether he could marry Denise. Ah, yes, the discussion about transfer of ownership. So charming, that. Back in the pizza kitchen among the sauce and the crusts, Stephen acknowledges to Denise's dad that "this is not your standard situation," but he would like to ask "for [his] daughter's hand." You know, I don't completely hate the idea of having a conversation with a girl's family when you want to marry her, but the idea of actually singling out her dad and specifically making the "hand" remark is just...a little more than I can endorse. It's only a few steps short of the girl's family presenting the guy's family with a dowry consisting of three cows and a goat. And in this case, I guess, a frozen lasagna. Denise's dad basically says, "Yeah, marry her, that's fine," and they shake hands. Wow, that was a warm moment. Dad interviews that he was happy that Stephen had "the courtesy and decency" to ask him about marrying Denise. Hey, that's almost exactly what happened with Trista's dad and Ryan! Wait, are we sure that isn't Trista's dad? Anyway, whatever works on The Bachelor, I guess, is a safe bet for life. "I think they're going to make a great couple," Dad tells us. Back in the pizza kitchen, he says to Stephen, "Have a lot of little ones." This presumably reminds Stephen that if he marries Denise, he will have to touch her, so he's all ooged out again. Now that we've seen Denise's dad give Stephen the go-ahead, Stephen againterviews that Denise's dad gave him the go-ahead. A big family picture is taken. Cheese! (In more ways than one.)
At Tony's apartment in Los Angeles, Tony puts his arm around a chuckling Duane and leads him outside. He interviews that Duane is the closest thing that BJ has to a dad (that is so going on her therapy intake sheet), so Tony thought it was important to Duane to have Tony ask him for his blessing to marry BJ. With one hand on Duane's shoulder, Tony blathers about how they've connected "on a friendship level," and he thinks Duane is "amazing," and that Duane and BJ are "just incredible." "In doing so [what 'doing so' refers to is not explained], I'd like to ask your blessing for our union." Duane looks like he's trying not to crack up. He shoots the camera a hilarious "get this crazy-ass shit" look, and then he looks at Tony and very seriously says, "Yes." They hug. Tony interviews that Duane was happy to be asked. Duane says he was happy to be asked. In other words, Duane was happy to be asked. They hug some more. Next, we see Duane weeping to the camera about how hard it is when someone you don't know "takes someone that you love away from you." Apparently, Duane has been swamped by a tidal wave of melancholy all of a sudden.