Joe is reeling from his rejection by Tahiry so he seeks advice from his mom because he can’t figure out why Tahiry said no. This whole time, she’s been asking for something extraordinary, she wants “the moon and stars,” and Joe thought he was giving it to her in the form of a ring.
His mom asks “Why was it no?”
“She kept saying last night, ‘You’ve gotta prove it, I need to see work.’”
“So it wasn’t a flat-out no,” Faye says. She thinks Tahiry just wants more time for their relationship to flourish before jumping into marriage. Joe’s not done with this situation, he and his mom still see some hope here. “I’ll keep my fingers crossed,” he says. And he’s going to hang on to the ring, just in case.