I'm actually going to agree with i need to post on this subject. Even though I have never attempted "spiking" the ratings I too might have to become a Balancing Hero. The mere fact that episodes such as "Making a Stand", "Forget-Me Now", and "Mr. F" are above classics like "Key Decisions", "Beef Consomme", (I took four years of Spanish!), and "Not Without My Daughter" (..or dead or whatever) is ABSURD. All right, maybe it is not absurd. But I don't think the majority here or of AD fans would agree that these recent episodes are superior to established classics. (I also agree that "Meet the Veals" and "Motherboy" are a tad bit over rated, only in the sense that I don't see them as better than "Top Banana" or "Bringing Up Buster", still great episodes though). I'm not saying these episodes are awful, I thought "Stand", "F", and "Forget" were all goodies, but until dvd rewatching it is unfair to make an established decision, and that is why the ratings are the way they are because of the "Teh best one ever" type people, good call there guy.
Back to this episode, I think it is "Eve Holt" he is connecting with, and that is why he finally accepts Steve, but who knows, maybe it is Ann, and maybe he will convert her to non-religious ways and she will come back and show George Micheal how secularly experienced she is.