So like you said Fivr, it wasn't the most story moving of episodes, but honestly we're at such a lack of any entertainment that even a feel good episode from a half decent show satisfies me - beggars can't be choosers?!
Also, as uneventful as Sohum's side of the family provenly is, I just liked the way they rolled. Somehow, watching them in their bit made me sigh and inevitably think of the question that haunts the theme of this show - would Bani not be the happiest, luckiest girl to just move from a wonderful loving home like her own, into another like Sohum's? That one line in the Gurudwara, where one of the girls said how Sukhi was married to a prince NRI and had a son, kismat ho toh aisi - just echoes! What does one really want! Bani is a simple, grounded, mature girl. A guy like Sohum and a family like his, she'd be the princess of her own life...
Of course, I did not before, and am not now villain-izing Desho for her ambitious dreams for Bani and the family. But the sentence that really hits home comes from Sohum - inn ladkiyo ko America Canada jaane ki ticket samjh rakha hai... That is the pity. You realize that Desho, at least in her own aware conviction is not looking out for an NRI card for the sake of it, but in the name of the happiness that she believes only such privilege can bring. But fact is - and she's unlikely to see it anytime soon - that happiness is the one thing she has in abundance. She only seeks a status to flaunt and manifest its existence.
Also, they mentioned Desho's brother coming from London next. Surprise, she's going around the village telling everyone to look out and hasn't put it first thing through her own folks? But then I remembered her having told Bani how her family were disappointed with her for Nirvail's failure too... so maybe this brother is going to come back into the picture to revive bonds now? Dekhte hain...
Rano. I don't know where she connects within the story of the mainstream characters, but for now she's the most obvious foreshadow of Bani's destiny. Nur you said Sohum is going to regret not confessing his heart now, did the show anywhere claim that Bani will get married to another guy, before Sohum's track in her life can return and fix it all? I mean, is she going to become a Rano, before being rescued, or do we not know either way at the moment? Frankly, I don't know if anything would work in his favor even if he went up and confessed right now, given how he doesn't meet the "NRI" criteria for Bani's mother. For Desho toh he's not even "munda", he's just Sohum *bichara!*
Also, it was Bani's reaction to her mother's confiding in her about the word of her rishta being spread that tugged at me again, for what she could have right here right now, and what her mother was so blindly going to be oblivious of. Fivr, you speculated about her reaction, and I think there's nothing complicated about it, but for the simple fact, that knowing what destiny you're expected to fulfill, is never enough to be thrown like a mere wrench into the grinding wheels of that same destiny. As resolved as Bani is about her future "duty", stocking up all her new things in her mother's trunk is the easiest part of moving towards that very daunting and unpredictable future! Left to her own devices, Bani would be the most content person in the world with her own small happy world. It's almost ironic, that I think Bani is more like her Chachi, than she or her mother or anyone in the family may realize. Some may think of it as lack of ambition, but Bani's only wish is seeing people she loves, or will love, happy. It's not her being selfless, it's just how she is - it's what makes her happy.
And I agree about the Sohum and Bhabhi dialog Fivr. The tangent of his reasoning to marry Bani in that scene was off. And maybe it was for Bhabhi's convenience right then, but he sounded so earnest about it... I think it had even sounded more personal in the trailer itself. There it had sounded more like he wouldn't let his Bani go through the dubious fate - here it just sounded like a responsibility... Sohum is not a typical overachieving hero, but this scene was confused in its own intent.
Rajji, and Ghuggi - muaaah!!! SUCH.ADORABLE.CUPIDS. Bani and Sohum need to fall at their feet in gratitude one time Ghuggi's akhiyaan'ch nindar, nindar'ch sapne, sapne'ch wasdi tu, hoye! kuch wi ni dasdi tu!!! Oh Ghuggi!!! Kisi din toh tumari kalaa ki kadar Sohum bi karega