Old habits die hard: Nick and Colin meet up at their old alma mater coffee shop after Nick swings by Ah Ma's house.
Colin is funky. No, not fun funky, like bad mood funky.
Though he's known as a bachelor jock in the society pages, that's a façade. With Nick Colin can be his real self: full of anxiety and depression.
The wedding is weighing heavily on Colin. Not the marrying part. He's excited about that, but the "production" their wedding has turned into. He refers to it as a "merger" that's been choreographed by the families (1.17.19).
The friends are glad Araminta and Rachel hit it off.
Colin likes Rachel, calls her "refreshingly…American" and says people are taking bets on a wedding date (1.17.30).
Colin agrees with Astrid that everything will change when Rachel meets the family, asks if he thinks Rachel will be in for a shock. He tries to prepare Nick for the loss of innocence that will occur.
The friends discuss Nick's wealth and its potential impact on his relationship, as well as how naïve Nick is about his money.
Nick is uncomfortable talking about money, even with his best friend.
As a child he had been chastised by his aunt Victoria for asking if they were "very very rich" (1.17.47).
Nick is sure that money won't matter to Rachel because she's not materialistic.
Colin warns that all women of marriageable age (and their moms) will be trying to sabotage his relationship.
Placing a napkin crown on Nick's head, Colin seals his fate: "Now you are a marked man" (1.17.58).