Aw--as much as I'm not a Tracy fan, I always feel bad for her. I was always gung-ho for Brandon and Kelly to get back together at this point in the show, but I've come to sympathize more with Tracy over the years.
Tracy was just a person who was in WAY over her head with this gang. She was a completely normal, average girl who came from a (likely) normal, rural family. Tracy was not that ambitious. She wasn't incredibly beautiful (IMO). She wasn't apparently interested in a music, modeling, fashion, or showbiz career in LA. It's not a stretch to deduce that she's more conservative than the rest of the gang.
She was probably someone who would have been very happy to get her M.R.S. degree at college. (Where was Joe Bradley when you need him?!) And she fell hard for Brandon--who, honestly, does come off as a pretty normal, friendly, funny guy. (Brandon's worst/only issue through the show being the gambling.) In the S8 premiere, we see that Tracy did indeed get engaged--less than 6 months after the Brandon breakup--move to Hawaii, and transfer to another school for her senior year--credits be damned!
If that was her mindset and her background, it's not hard to see how a person like that mentally got from "I love you" and sex to a proposal. Plus, imagine you found an engagement ring in your boyfriend's drawer during his senior year of college. Is your first thought really "He already proposed to someone else?"
Unfortunately, Tracy is the clearest victim of the "he's just not that into you" phenomenon I've ever seen on this show. I think that's why she's hard to watch, especially in the second half of season 7--because many of us have been there, pining after someone who gives us JUST ENOUGH to encourage us! (And if you were never there, bless you!)
The only thing I find odd about Tracy is that she didn't have any other friends by her junior year of college. (I know, this is our show's M.O., but still!) Susan was into the paper, so I buy that she didn't socialize a lot. Joe had his football buddies, whom we saw a few times. (Who else was there? I'm blanking.) But Tracy was a friendly girl and must have done something with her time before the TV station came along!
Edited by Moxie Cat, Jul 2, 2013 @ 7:57 AM.