Danny asks Melinda out for Valentine's Day. While Melinda struggles to figure out what kind of gift to get him, Danny struggles to find a new outfit. Rachel's boyfriend sends her a bunch of presents. Lacey's boyfriend is a pinko, which isn't really a surprise. Some guy named Leo brings by flowers for Johanna. Danny finally finishes his shopping and arrives home and gives Melinda flowers. But all of the sweetness and cute is undercut when Danny talks to his dad on the phone and finds out that his mom died. And the rest of the episode is Danny trying to deal with the shocking news with the help of his roommates, and in front of the cameras. Danny regrets going to Austin and feels like if he had been in Boston, he could have somehow changed things. At the end of the episode, Danny prepares to go to Boston to be with his family. And it's just heartbreaking.
No Most Awesome Thing this week -- it doesn't really fit in with the subject matter of the episode.
It's Valentine's Day! (On The Real World.) In honor of this Hallmark holiday, I present my Top Five Real World Valentine's Moments:
- In Hawaii, Colin buys Amaya a stuffed animal.
- In Paris, CT lies about sending the flowers to Leah.
- In Seattle, Nathan sends Stephanie a giant Betty Boop card.
- In New Orleans, Paul pays Danny a surprise visit.
- In Boston, Chrys sends Neil a pig's heart with a nail through it.
Anyway, Danny and Nehemiah walk the streets of Austin. Danny interviews that he's excited to take Melinda out to dinner. Danny looks in stores for a shirt and tie. He didn't bring one shirt and tie with him at all? That's kind of weird.
Meanwhile, the female roommates are also out shopping, and everyone asks Melinda what she's going to get Danny for Valentine's Day. As I mentioned last week, the editors this season really fond of the "Tell me more, tell me more, did you get very far?/Tell me more, tell me more, like did he have a car?" style of storytelling. (I'm sorry for getting that song stuck in your head.) Melinda interviews that she doesn't want to buy Danny something that intimates that she wants to have his babies, but she also doesn't want to get something that makes it seem like she doesn't care. This is why you shouldn't start a new relationship until March. You avoid the winter holiday gift-giving season entirely, at least until you've been together almost a year. Rachel tells Melinda that she can hide her gift in her purse "if something goes awry," and I don't really like Rachel, but I admire her use of "awry" in that sentence. Melinda interviews that she's going with a card and a heart-shaped box of chocolates. Oh, yes. The gift that says, "I have no creativity, and I don't like you that much, and I also frequently do my gift shopping in the corner drugstore." Johanna says that you can't go wrong with a card, and since Danny asked Melinda out, he's probably planning on paying. So she can afford to buy a card? I don't really know how the two parts of that sentence were related.