While we've seen them exercise the wide powers of discretion, we haven't quite seen the Postables travel until now...
So, why now? I think there are a couple theories. It's a combination of pursued House Rules and scripts flipped in the best way possible. But don't expect the trip to be without a little bit of turbulence. Everything will depend on how the Postables chart and follow their individual flight plans laid out long ago.
Today, we'll discuss Norman and Rita's progress, both as individuals, and as NoRita, as well as the one flight plan detail that could cause them to crash land.
For Norman and Rita, their House Rules are the driving force between their travel clearance.
Rita has perhaps made the earliest, greatest and most decisive leap forward of all the Postables. Her House Rule was issued in "To Whom It May Concern," and she was pursuing it in the opening seconds of "Soulmates." The result was the Miss Colorado Special Delivery crown, and, by From Paris With Love, telling Norman her true feelings for him.
In Truth Be Told, Rita's patience with Norman, waiting for him to make the next move in their relationship yielded some pretty high dividends. One can only imagine what's in store for them in Impossible Dream.
And what about the time she'll spend away from Denver if she wins? What will it mean for her very new relationship with Norman? Has she stopped to consider that yet?
Regardless of the situation, I have full confidence she'll handle whatever comes her way with dignity, class and careful consideration. And, in the end, that's all that really matters!
What about Norman? Well, he wins the award for quickest House Rule achievement. If you'll remember, Norman's rule rested solely on him pursuing his dream (Rita). He did so through supporting her pageant dreams, which will culminate in the National Miss Special Delivery Pageant. Norman has done much to move their relationship forward, like taking her up on her suggestion to go in together on a gift for Shane's birthday, and, of course, that epic lip-lock after Rita revealed she was in love with him in From Paris With Love.
In Truth Be Told, Norman's confidence overall was on full display in his handling of Phoebe and her letter. From telling her bullies to "cool it" to comforting her with his own tales of being bullied as kid, we've learned more about him in the process. And it's that willingness to reveal those parts of himself that are clearing him for takeoff.
But as I mentioned in my post contemplating whether or not D.C. could be the ultimate finale for the Postables, I brought up the idea that Norman and Rita's House Rules could clash over the exact thing that helped bring them together: The Miss Special Delivery Pageant.
You see, if Rita wins the National Pageant, she's on a crash course with a world tour, as Norman revealed to his Grandmother in "A Hope & A Future," perhaps for the entirety of her Miss Special Delivery tenure. So far, the dream of winning the pageant and being with Norman have run parallel for Rita. A win brings her to a fork in that road. For Norman, so far his pursuit of Rita has been, perhaps, his most obvious goal. Will Rita's fork in the road cause Norman's dream to die?
Granted, long distance relationships work, but there's something deeper on Norman's end that might cause the separation to hit a little harder than we might expect. Stay tuned.
So much to consider---but we aren't done. Tomorrow, we talk about how ShOliver could fair, as a pair and as individuals, on the road in D.C.!
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