Now it's time to talk about the progressions on everyone's mind---those dealing with NoRita and ShOliver. And I have to say, what I'm putting together about the trajectory of both couples could be game-changers.
Norman & Rita
There's no question Norman and Rita have been set on a very specific path. For me, the plot was set in motion in Truth Be Told when Norman told Oliver he had a five year plan, to which Oliver responded, "Love is defined in its own time."
While Norman and Rita were not "engaged by Thursday," they certainly have exchanged "I Love You" and have set their "raft in the water" as it were. So a natural next step would be to meet the parents, right?
We know from A Hope & A Future that Rita met Norman's parents at the a Postal Picnic, so it seems the only thing left for Norman is to meet Rita's family, and I am willing to bet that the gentleman above could very well be Rita's father.
Obviously the appearance of Rita's father also provides Norman a prime opportunity to ask for Rita's hand. Remember when I thought NoRita could be engaged by Christmas? Well, we definitely seem to be moving in that direction.
Shane & Oliver
As week 2 of filming rolled by, we weren't sure if this was Shane or not. But with the appearance of Ramon, one couldn't help but flashback to Shane and Oliver's previous dance lessons. It makes you wonder---could the lessons be back on?
So it got me thinking: In The Edge Of Forever, Oliver explained that dancing with Shane in the showcase would "give the wrong impression to others," because he was waiting on Holly to return. As a result, they never danced in the showcase.
Now that Holly is out of the picture, Oliver and Shane are moving towards a romantic relationship, and they are apparently spending an increasing amount of time at Montaldo's--- the plot for One In A Million seems to be put in motion there--- it may very well be that Shane and Oliver finally get to "do their dance"---in public, for everyone to see--- solidifying their association as a couple.
This is a BIG DEAL.
Given that Shane's dress seems to have gotten the bling and sequins treatment, I would be willing to guess that this dance might actually take place at the end of SSD 6, leaving the game wide open for the Christmas installment they'll be getting back together to film in August. Could ShOliver be positioned for their first kiss by the end of the next two films?! I am certainly thinking it's possible!
Other questions I'm pondering: What song will they choose? Did they choose it together this time? Be thinking about these things...
P.S. There's also this pic that Hallmark Movies & Mysteries posted yesterday... I am *dying*