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Date Lab: Will pre-date scare tactics keep her on edge?

Michael: We sat down at the bar and each had a beer. We talked about what we like about D.C. and what we don't like about D.C. Both of our families are not here, which is something we both relish but are also kind of sad about. We also talked about cooking.

Lisa: He mentioned that he hosted Thanksgiving and cooked the turkey. I started laughing because I'm like, "I'm the one that brings the beer because I cannot cook!" He even makes his own ravioli. That's very cool.

Michael: We left after our beer, probably around 11. We both said that we had a good time. I said that we should probably do this again, and then I asked for her number. We hugged. She went in a cab, and I turned around and walked home.

Lisa: I'd say the date was a 4.5 [out of 5]. It was very good. I'm definitely interested in him. In the cab home, I called my roommate to tell her I was on my way home and that she shouldn't have scared me before the date.

Michael: I'd give it a 4. I'm an overachiever, so nothing ever gets a 5 in anything I do. When I was there with her I was like, This is fun. I wasn't thinking about where else I could be or what else I could be doing. I'll give her a call.

-- Interviews by Stephen Lowman

UPDATE: Looks as though they won't be sharing a homemade ravioli dinner. "I was sick for, like, a week after the date," Michael said. "I just never got around to calling." The brushoff hasn't brought Lisa down, however. "It's possible he had no intention to call after the date and just asked for my number out of courtesy," she e-mailed. "It's all part of the adventure of dating: You never really know!"

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