Meanwhile, Jenny has already decided that Jessica should be the winner. You can see it in her body language. She doesn't rush to hug Tara. She's kind of ignoring her now. They walk arm in arm, but it is a hug of lies. Jenny asks Tara if she's falling for Jesse, and she responds that she's already fallen. Jenny tells us in a confessional that she loves Tara, but that she's not there to find a best friend. She sure ain't. Nick, on the other hand, pulls Tara aside and asks her if she's ready to give up her business and get married. What does she do, run the Gen'ral Store? And, back at the table, Jenny says that she would choose Tara, but that she thinks Jesse should choose Jessica. She feels like Jesse and Jessica looked like more of a couple, whereas Jesse and Tara seemed more like "friends." Totally. Who the hell wants to be friends with the person you spend every day with?
Listen to these fantastic stakes, compliments of super-linguist Jesse Palmer: "Tonight's showtime. Tara's gonna meet my family and my family's gonna have an opinion, and I'm interested tonight to find out if Tara can rise to the occasion or if she'll crumble and fail." But, no pressure. And in they go. We skim back through the same meet-and-greets, as Tara voices over that she wants Jesse's parents to like her, even though she doesn't know whether that would be "a deal-breaker" or not. Well, it would be. But Jesse thinks his parents have trouble expressing how they feel about him. Except when they're kissing him full on the mouth.
"And what did you study at university?" The Stache kicks things off, and I expect Tara be all, "What I studied in college was marketing, because ain't no yoo-nee-ver-si-tees where I done come from." She explains that her job is to "build and remodel homes," and The Stache leaps in that they have "similar backgrounds." She's also a failed professional football player? Golly, it's just so difficult to get everything in! Jesse tells them about meeting Tara's father, much to Susan's reaction of rank horror. Over at the table now, Susan was totally not coached at all in posing the question, "How do you let [Jesse] know where he stands with you?" Well, first you say it. And then you say it again until your tongue bleeds. And then you lose big-time anyway after causing the decommissioning of a limousine Next will be sending her the dry-cleaning bill for. Tara responds that it's hard for her to put everything "out there," and Susan notes that sometimes "actions speak louder than words." Like how not looking Tara in the eye expresses Susan's true feelings for Jessica. Susan kicks it to a confessional, where she tells us that she really doesn't think Jesse is that special to Tara, because all people need to interact exactly the same way all the time and they should be pawing each other to death to prove their feelings, because if sex is good enough for her in Quebec City, it's good enough for her at the dining-room table.