I love you, but you've let the storytellers successfully fool you into believing this is the case. I'm going debunk a few of those evidential myths today in the hopes of ending this conversation---at least until From The Heart!
Myth #1: Asking Shane to dinner means he asked Shane on a date.
Perhaps the most frequently cited evidence for post-divorce Oliver is the fact he asked Shane out to dinner in Impossible Dream. While he did ask Shane to dinner "just the two of us" he NEVER refers to the outing as a "date."
I would also like to point out the fact that, along with this dinner outing, so far any attempt Oliver has made towards initiating a courtship or potentially romantic contact with Shane thus far has been thwarted by circumstances beyond his control.
Needless to say, it seems the "universe" is intent on keeping these two at a distance for just a while longer. Perhaps the this is the "universe's" way of reminding Oliver his divorce isn't final and he needs to put his eagerness in check. There's a reason things haven't worked in his favor so far.
Myth #2: The lawyer calling Oliver "young, single & rich" means she knows something about his divorce we don't.
This is perhaps the more clever read-between-the-lines evidence that Oliver is, in fact, single. But, much like before, I beg to differ. Notice the brief glance down at his hand the lawyer does before making this statement---she's looking for a ring. A ring we know had been gone since From Paris With Love. That means the lawyer is merely making an assumption---and we know what happens when we assume...
Setting The Record Straight,