Rachel is peeved that Nick's parents are just finding out she existed. After two years?!
Nick defends himself saying he keeps boundaries between his personal life and his family life.
They discuss the differences between their families: Nick's family doesn't discuss their "emotional lives" and Rachel and her mom are super close (1.8.9).
Nick knows he screwed up not telling his mom about Rachel: when he called she said nothing and only asked where each of them would be staying.
He called his great-aunt Rosemary for advice: 1) stay in a hotel first but introduce Rachel the first day at lunch; 2) Nick must visit Ah Ma alone and formally request to invite Rachel to a Friday night dinner; 3) as a result, Ah Ma should invite Rachel to stay after dinner. If not, Rosemary will let them stay with her.
Rosemary seems all right.
He knows Astrid is right that he should prepare Rachel, but he's conflicted since he's been brought up to not talk about the family.
How does Nick prepare Rachel for his family?
He tells her he comes from a big extended family full of loudmouths, eccentrics, and obnoxious folk. That's it.
Rachel, consider yourself unprepared.
He seems to think that because Rachel and Astrid get along that the rest will be gravy.
Rachel tries to reconcile what she knows (which is very little) about Nicks' family with what she knows or has experienced with her friends' families.
Later Rachel and her mom chat about how unique their relationship is: since Rachel traveled with her single mom around the country as a child, they were able to be closer than other families.
Kerry tries to help Rachel see the situation through her eyes, the eyes of a traditional Chinese mother. She even offers that Nick's parents may be poor or devout Buddhists. Uh, not quite.
Rachel wonders if Nick could be embarrassed of his own family.
Her BFF Peik Lin had never heard of the Youngs. "You sure they're not Korean?" she had asked (1.8.30).
Peik Lin, in their previous Skype call, is sure "his family's perfectly normal." (1.8.32). Well, let's find out.