"Meredith and Bob," Chris says by way of introducing The Winning Couple That Wasn't: "They hit it off immediately, but the rest of the ride wasn't so smooth." And it's true that Meredith really was the early favorite, and she even possessed each of the wedding-day requirements of something old (Nana), something new (fresh grief), something borrowed (stories about dead relatives), and something blue (again, Nana). But it wasn't to be, and ABC Networks in conjunction with Next Entertainment has decided that we want to know why. So, to a standing ovation, a gesture once reserved for the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team or the Beatles at Shea or any other merit-based activity that actually qualifies as, y'know, DOING STUFF, Meredith strides forth and makes her way to the Hot Seat. She's wearing...what is she wearing, anyway? It's a black dress, also with no shoulders, but it has sleeves. Why does it have sleeves? And a belt buckle so big and black it will kill you in your dreams.
Chris reminds Meredith that we were all right there with her when she found out about the death of her poor, overexposed grandmother. And what better way to raise the dead than through television's séance substitute of...the solemnly-scored montage. Meredith meets Bob. Meredith feels comfortable with Bob. Meredith is voted most compatible with Bob. Meredith gets a one-on-one date, but Meredith's mom calls an hour before her date with "a little bit of bad news." What's wrong, mom? "Um, Nannie passed away." No starting sentences with "um," Mom! It's rude on the forums and doesn't pay sufficient homage to Nana (or "Nannie," as The Past seems so intent on calling her). And yet, she still goes on the date, during which Bob actually notes, "It kills me." Because (1) this tragedy is totally about him, and (2) there's never been a better time for the colloquial evocation of death. Bob tells Meredith, "Tonight caught me way off-guard. So I hope you're okay." So, again I'll point out, he's basically saying, "I am not emotionally equipped to deal with this grieving human shell of a girl I just wanted to make out with." Nana really did pull the attention away from Bob, and I don't think he was entirely okay with that. Nevertheless, Bob had to be sweating before this episode aired, thinking he was going to come off as callous and clueless and he doubtlessly felt. I still can't believe they let him off so easily. Oh, then Meredith takes Bob to Nana's gravesite (yet another "something new," perhaps?) and gets booted for her gooey, humanist take on gooey humanity.