I've thought and thought about what exactly bothered me about Amber's dinner with those guys. Now, most of my closest friends are guys and it's not at all unusual for me to be the only girl in a group of 6-7 men. I even remember one time when one of them brought his then-girlfriend along to lunch. Now none of us could stand her, but what was funny was that one of my friends goes "Oh man! This was only supposed to be a guys' day!" I laughed, and they pointed out that they really just did see me as one of the boys, and I was very firmly in the friend zone (which made my boyfriend of the time very happy when he heard about that day)
But what struck me about that dinner was how all of those guys seemed to be positively FAWNING over Amber. Now Amber is obviously better at making and keeping friends than, say, Farrah, but something about the influence she has over guys....I could make a guess as to the kind of influence she exerts over guys, but obviously I have no proof. But it just seems to me like she has guys always falling over themselves to do things for her and she always seems to keep a few on the back burner. I think she's just as horrible of a person as Farrah, but she also seems to be smarter and more manipulative, and that's what skeeved me out about that dinner. It's only when she gets around Gary that we see her go into complete destructive mode (and maybe she does around others and its just not on film) which reinforces that they really, really do not need to be together and should have minimal contact at best.
Farrah...I wonder if her having trouble with her final was a combination of her attitude and the instructors guessing (correctly) that someone else had a huge hand in it. I mean, this girl waits till the last second to do her schoolwork (and I won't be a hypocrite, I left a ton of papers till the night before when I was in college) and then pretty much just typed in what her mom told her to write. I mean, she thought 20% of a million dollars was $90,000. I always had pretty sharp teachers growing up, they could tell when someone had had a little too much help from a parent or tutor. I wouldn't be surprised if that final was a lot more polished than anything Farrah had turned in in the past and when they questioned her about it, she couldn't answer their questions and got 'bitchy'. Just my guess.
Maci and Ryan...really don't need to try the joint thing anymore. A young kid like Bentley would be THRILLED to get to celebrate each milestone twice, time enough when he gets older and maybe his parents get past their resentment to try the joint party. They're both just so hostile with each other. I was disappointed with Ryan for speaking so rudely to Maci while in front of his son, and I was especially disappointed with Maci for going ahead and taking Bentley on Ryan's day. Yes, Ryan should have made plans with Maci earlier if he wanted to see his son for a few hours on Bentley's actual birthday or sucked it up and gone to the aquarium, but Maci needs to learn that she can't always get her way. I feel bad because both families love and care for Bentley so well, but Ryan's parents are right-there needs to be an agreement signed off by a judge so no parent can do what Maci did in this episode. Even when the parents get along, it's a smart idea, just to be safe. You never know when things can change. But I think it was awful that Ryan's side of the family sulked through the whole party. Again....suck it up and put a smile on your face for Bentley.
I think Catelynn and Tyler will benefit from actually being in the workplace. I agree with whoever said that neither of them have really great examples to learn from, but they both seem to be smart enough to learn from their mistakes and examples around them. I think that they have the ability to change their behavior, dress, speech patterns, etc...which is more than you can say about some of these other girls.