An uneven episode. Ed and Carol's storyline was doing a precarious balancing act between Ed's quite funny scramble to find the best way to propose, and Carol's growing desparation to talk to Ed about their future. I think it mostly worked, but it could be a bit jarring going from Carol's serious (and believable) concern about what would happen between them, and Ed....being Ed. Like many TV couples, Ed and Carol have some communication issues to work on... Eli and Jennifer worked fairly well. It helped that they didn't receive the majority of the screen time, so it didn't feel overly drawn out. Good for Eli for taking her arm and drawing Jenn-EE-fair down into his lap. Mike and Nancy and Mike's parents...a good try, but I think this storyline just didn't work. The disconnect between Mike and his dad was too "real" and serious to fit well into one episode of Ed, and the fire was a real downer. For me, this story was could have (and perhaps should have) been stretched over a couple of episodes, as the ending felt forced, though it was not unrealistically "happy" (i.e. Mike's dad suddenly gets in touch with his emotions). Mike again had some great lines, but this was also a great episode for Josh Randall to stretch his acting muscles. I loved the scene where Mike slapped his dad back, to let him know how it felt. I will admit to predicting wrongly about the proposal-- Carol actually said YES! But I think predictions of Ed and Carol moving back to Stuckeyville after a few episodes are correct. At least I hope they are. I don't want to watch Ed without Stuckeyville.