Alex: There was definitely a part of me that wished I was getting sent on a standard Date Lab date. But I was excited. I think I got there right around 7:10, 7:15 and sat at the bar and got a glass of water. I would have ordered a drink, but I didn’t want to have to either desert it or awkwardly finish it.
Matt: I made the mistake of walking, so I was kind of a little bit damp when I got there in the D.C. swamp summer. I think the other guy saw [me], or they called him over, and then we sat down and hung out. He was a nice kid.
Alex:It was pretty awkward. I didn’t feel that bad, but it was like, “One of us is leaving in a few minutes.”
Paige: I got there right at 7:25, and I totally scoped them out. They were sitting together at a table outside — they looked like they were on a date. I was a little anxious because of the choosing one part. It was a fun twist, but it put a little pressure on me.
Alex: I thought she was really pretty. She has very, very nice hair, and she had on a nice summer dress. And she seemed very friendly. I was excited and hoping I would get to stay.
Matt: [She’s] blond, blue eyes. She was a cute girl. If she was in a bar, I would hit on her; put it that way.
Paige: They were both very cute. But Alex seemed a little more friendly, a little more open. They both stood up to say hi. There were only two chairs, so it was really awkward, but we just laughed because it was the first time for all of us doing this. We all shook hands, and I made the comment that I thought they were on a date. We went inside and had a photo shoot at the bar.
Alex: We took a couple of pictures, and then she turned to us and said, “I have no idea how to make this choice.” So she was like, “I’m going to cheat,” and asked us what we’d both been for Halloween the year before.
Matt: I just started laughing, “I’m done.” [Mine] was a slightly inappropriate costume.
Paige: Alex said he was Ted Mosby from “How I Met Your Mother,” which is my favorite show. Matt said he was Jesus. He totally didn’t want to tell me it, either. He said [he chose it] because it was an easy costume. I felt bad, but he told the truth, which is really commendable. I had sort of already made up my mind, but [Alex’s answer] kind of sealed it. I said, “I choose Ted Mosby.”
Matt: I was expecting to stay, but I was okay. I just got back from [Atlantic City] the day before, so I was kind of willing to not be drinking that night. We shook hands, and I said, “Have a great time,” and I went home, back into the D.C. swampy summer night.