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Anyway, Sean catches a fish. Then Catherine catches a fish. Catherine tells us that Sean “is always ready to do stuff.” Yeah, a guy who does stuff is every woman’s dream. Then she tells us that she loves how he smells, his big beefy arms, and that he accepts her for who she is. It’s nice to see she has those in order of importance. There is some general goofing around. Sean likes that Catherine brings out his goofy side and that he’s never worried about being “the cool guy” in front of her. Don’t worry, Sean. You were never the cool guy.
Sean tells us that, with Catherine, it feels like they’ve “been boyfriend and girlfriend for a while.” Who the hell talks like that after the age of twelve? Anyway, they sit down for some food and Sean asks about Catherine’s family. Her mom can be a little intimidating. For meeting her grandmother, Catherine decides to teach Sean “manong” – which is touching an older person’s hand to your forehead as a show of respect. When looking this up, I’m not sure if that’s the name for the practice or not. I’ve just seen “manong” as the term you would use when you are speaking to someone who is older than you are and you want to show respect. I can’t claim to know anything about Filipino culture. Could anyone clear this up for me? I’m thinking this show’s editing made it a bit confusing.
It’s pretty cool that Catherine added this little lesson in there for meeting her grandmother. However, things like this can backfire pretty quickly. Back in the date, I was dating a man who, like me, is Armenian. Now, he grew up in an area that had a rather large Armenian population. As a result, he knew the language. However, I grew up in a town where the entire Armenian population lived under one roof (my mom, my sister, and myself). When I met this man’s mother, he taught me how to say “hello” in Armenian. When I greeted her, she began speaking to me in Armenian and I was rather embarrassed to say that I only knew that single word. I hope something like that happens to Sean on this visit.
They arrive at Catherine’s family’s house. Along with her mother and her grandmother, all her sisters are there! Her grandmother is really cute flirting with Sean. I like her. Can she be the next Bachelorette? After a quick montage that included Sean doing push-ups with Catherine on his back, Catherine sits down with her sisters to ask what they think of him. Monica and India (the sisters) ask Catherine if she’d say yes if Sean proposed. Catherine tells them she would say yes because she wants to “try this out.” Now, I know everyone sees marriage a little bit differently, but I don’t think it’s something you just “try out.” It seems that Catherine’s sisters tried out as a joke and now she’s getting really serious about it. Wow. If Sean picks Catherine, that scene is going to be pretty awkward for him to watch. Also, Catherine’s goal was just to get to know Sean and not to get engaged. Does she realize how this show usual works? What did she think she was getting into when she auditioned?
This whole interaction reeks of Catherine being embarrassed to be on the show and now trying to justify it to her sisters. Then Sean talks to the sisters. The first thing he asks is if they can see Catherine settling down. They both say that they can’t see her having kids right away. One of the sisters (I really don’t know or care who is who at this point) tells Sean that Catherine always is fun and goes in 100% with guys she dates. However, “when things stop being fun…whatever.” So, wait, when Catherine no longer thinks a relationship is fun, she gets out of the relationship? Isn’t that what most people do? I don’t think it’s that weird for a woman to get out of a relationship if she’s not happy. Then the same sister says that if the man doesn’t support Catherine’s dreams, she leaves. Well, yeah. Again, I’m pretty sure most women do that. I know, personally, if I’m with a man and he doesn’t support my goals and dreams, then he’s not someone I want to be with. Why are Catherine’s sisters making this out to be such a bad thing? Also, if this sister says “like” one more time, I may have to smash my TV. Also, we learn that Catherine is messy – not dirty, but just messy. I can relate. My apartment is kind of gross right now. It’s not dirty, there are just a lot of papers and clothes everywhere. Apparently, Catherine is moody as well. Her sisters just say that she’s either “very happy or very focused.” How are those two opposites? Shut up, Catherine’s sisters. Can we have some more time with Grandma?