Commercials. We return to the lakeside tax shelter. The wimminfolk start making dinner. Aaron fucking tells us that the fucking women are making fucking dinner. Helene's helping with the corn muffins and making a big deal about it. Jesus. They're just muffins. You mix stuff up and pour it into cups and put in the oven. I've been making muffins since I was ten. Get a grip. Aaron's brother and his wife show up. Helene fucking tells us that Aaron's fucking brother and his fucking wife show up. Their names are Justin and Tricia. I think Tricia's pregnant. Or else I just called her fat. Oh well. Like I care. Aaron explains to us that they were "high-school sweethearts" (gag) and have been together for nine years. He insists that this means that they were very skeptical about this whole TV-show thing. Whatever. Nobody here really cares one way or another, honestly. They're just trying to sell us on this idea that the opinions of Aaron's family members matter, because otherwise they're admitting that this entire first hour is a big waste. Which it is.
Helene and the Buerges sit outside on a patio and eat dinner. Tricia asks Helene what her family thought of Aaron. She says they loved him. Justin says they didn't spend enough time with him, then. Having, unfortunately, spent much more time with Aaron than Helene's family did, I tend to agree. Alden blathers on about the process and proposing after seven weeks of knowing Helene. These chairs they're sitting on are those metal-framed patio chairs that lack braces in the back, allowing people in them to sort of simulate rocking without actually sitting in a rocking chair. Aaron rocks fiercely in his chair and declares that he's not going to ask either women to marry him then and there unless he feels that it's right. The producers all nod in agreement, even though they know Aaron has agreed to pop the question in order to give the season its "happy ending." Alden asks Helene whether she's thought about how she would respond if Aaron were to "pop the question." She blathers that they've gotten to know each other really well and blah blah blah. She says, "I wouldn't be opposed to the idea or anything like that. I'm pretty open-minded." See, she's speaking Aaron's language -- Equivocation. Kathy stares at Helene, wondering why she's not throwing herself at Kathy's perfect little boy.