Growing up, I had two uncles on my mother's side of the family, both of them married to my mother's sisters. These two uncles were on opposite sides of the spectrum when it came to how the family felt about them: one of them was beloved and could do no wrong, while the other was thought of as a rascal.
Never mind the fact that the beloved uncle spent more time playing video games and guitar than he did with his wife and kids, or that the rascal was the consummate family man. Even before these men married into the family, their impressions were set in stone.
What does it take to impress a girlfriend's family? It certainly isn't many of the things you'd think would be it.
It isn't your job - that can win you some points, but they're often grudging points.
It isn't how good your conversation is, either.
In fact, it's something very different from what a lot of men seem to think it is.