Big hugs and small flowers for Estella at her house in L.A. Estella reminds us that she's been on her own since she was fifteen, so she's excited to show Bob her house, rather than her parents'-minus- one-dead-Dad- equals-Mom's-house. Estella glosses over the fact that she was a total deaky wreck in Vegas, airily flitting, "I am so looking forward to having [Bob] here and kicking back and not having it be a big deal." She asks Bob if he's excited to meet her mom ("No"), and Estella predicts that Mom will cry when she walks into the house. And speaking of tears: "Of course, I would love to have my father here. That would be amazing. And in a way, I'm sure he is." But she's not going on location to a place with flowers and an etched rock to show Bob how "amazing" her relationship with her father was. Dead, sure. But still somewhat less dead than others.
Estella's mom enters the house, Bob offering her a giant hug but not a patronizing "You're so cute" even though she is scores shorter than he is. Estella's mother kisses Estella on the lips (there's a lot of this going around) and cries just so that Estella can prove the point that her mother was going to cry, dammit. Awww, but she is cute. And she looks like Tootsie. And it takes her no time at all to volunteer the information that she used to call Estella -- ech -- "Pooterbuns." Bob asks if he can call Estella "Pooterbuns." She says no. True nuff. Never discuss it again. Mastella gets right to the point, asking what Bob is looking for in a woman. Everyone wants to find his or her mother, is what comes from his response. Have I mentioned she looks like Tootsie?
An exceedingly intimate dinner ensues at Estella's, the three of them sitting around (well, not entirely around) the table, eating something I'm guessing Estella cooked. Bob delves deeper, bringing up Vegas anew, asking Estella if her Vegas freak-out was just "a moment," or indicative of a deeper pathology where she would always...what, wonder if Bob were dating all of her friends? Estella goes with Column A, rather than what would be a far more damning "Yes, I'm totally paranoid to Plathian proportions. The only time I cook for you from now on, I'm making a meal of my own head in the oven. Because I'm craaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazy." Anyway, that's what she doesn't say. She says that getting out of the house gave her some "sanity," and, if that's what that was...wow.
Alone now, Estella asks her mother what she thinks about this knotty little dating-your-soulmate- on-television thing. Mastella says that it's hard to put it into words because she's so used to using sign language. Because her dead father was deaf, which gives her more heart-string-tugging pity points than Kelly Jo, but fewer maudlin fresh-in-the-ground pathos points than Meredith. In the Candy Bar Of Death, Estella is the creamy nougat center. So Mastella leaves her hands right on the couch and barely signs at all, telling Estella "he'd be a good man, baby." In a confessional, Mastella tells us that whatever happens happens and that Estella will be okay either way. Estella bids Bob goodbye as he tells us in a confessional, "I'm screwed. I mean, I don't know what I'm gonna do." He would have said he was "dead" by way of euphemism. But this season, that would mean he was actually dead.