There is some discussion about who will drive. Tyler says he wants to drive, and Shain shoots him down, and Joey and Shain both shoot Shae down when she says she wants to drive. Joey’s reasoning is that he has only let two girls drive his truck before, and it’s a big deal. To Joey, driving his truck = marriage. Shain takes the front, with Tyler and Katie next to him, and Joey takes the back flank with only Shae. Tyler is thrilled, because Katie is hanging all over him. Katie… doesn’t like mudding. Shain further cements his status as the worst friend ever when it is discovered that Shain broke Joey’s headlight, and Shain just cackles maniacally.
Katie sits Tyler down and breaks the news that mudding wasn’t her favorite thing ever. She follows up by telling Tyler that she was having a conversation about him with her mom, and her mom wants to have dinner and meet him the next night. Adorably, Tyler seems pretty excited about meeting her mom, and promises not to wear mud.
No problem. I just won’t wear any pants, then.
Somewhere, the boys have rustled up some plastic modes of transportation designed for toddlers: Shain is in a wagon, Joey is on a tricycle, and Tyler is on a little kids’ bike. And there’s some other guy. Shae flags them to begin, and they all take off down the hill in Shain’s front yard. Shain wins somehow.
Katie and Tyler set off to go meet the family, and Tyler is a jumping bean, he’s so nervous. They make it to Charleston, and he says it’s strange to him because he’s not used to the houses being so close together. When Tyler walks through the door, he goes for an awkward hug with both Katie’s mom and her sister, Maggie.
So nice to meet you! I’m boning your daughter!
As soon as he sits down, he explains to them that the reason he has a scar on his forehead is because he hit himself with a piece of wood. This makes Katie tense, because NO ONE ASKED YOU ABOUT IT, TYLER! Gawd! Ladonna (Katie’s mom) tells everyone to help themselves; there’s a fancy broccoli dish, and she made duck, and Tyler appears to be a little unsure about the food.
Ladonna asks Tyler where he went to school, and he tells her Sherman, in Boone County. I just looked it up and it’s a high school, and I’m pretty sure she meant college. Ladonna’s questions continue, and she wants to know how long they’ve known each other and whether or not it’s serious. And Katie nervously giggles, and has no answered prepared, which… c’mon Katie. You don’t go to all that trouble to introduce a guy to your mom if you’re not thinking it’s serious. Tyler almost smoothes things over by replying that they’re just getting to know each other better, but then follows up by saying, “…before we, ummm… I don’t know.” Nice one, buddy.