The boat is freaking BEAUTIFUL. Jason wants to pick up with Melissa where they left off -- which was at a romantic and passionate place. She tells him that she is nervous now -- she's thinking that there's a possibility that her heart will be broken. She's an old pro at heartbreak -- something tells me she has a future as The Bachelorette. That whole I've-been-dumped-so-many-times thing might endear her to viewers. Of the other show. She tells us that she's not worried about any "walls." Jason tells us that he still has doubts about Melissa because of the not meeting the parents thing.
After the boat, they get into their bathing suits and partake of some natural hot pools. The pool has a beautiful view of the mountains. They discuss why her parents wouldn't want to be a part of this organic and dignified experience. She says they are laid-back and she wanted them to see how happy Jason makes her. He tells us that her parents wouldn't change how he feels about he r-- but it can only go so far.
That night, he meets her for dinner. They, of course, are dropped off half a mile from each other and have to walk the distance. The effect is wearing off. She's in a lovely cocktail. He is in a sweater and jeans. Still underdressed, still not doing anything about it. Melissa says that she thought the date had ended earlier, so she's excited.
They go to a private room in a restaurant in Queenstown. Would that be the restaurant named "Studio Set?" Love that place. More family talk. She says that she's the black sheep (term suggested by Jason, who knows if she really knows what it means) of the family, but she talks to her brother at least 5 times a week. And she sees her parents 2 or 3 times a week. Not bad for a black sheep. So it looks like he's thinking that her parents not meeting him is about her lack of closeness to them rather than their respect for proper courtship and dignity in general. I think he's wrong. She tells him that she was terrified to tell him that he wasn't meeting her parents.