It's difficult for any Sim who has a career to maintain more than a couple very close friendships.
It's possible to maintain many minor friendships, but major ones need attention often.
Conversely, it's also faster to raise, and though Christine has her work cut out for her, she's up to the challenge.
After a couple days spent together, Christine remembers that she had the most success with an actual date.
At worst, it will help to see whether they are incompatible.
This fulfills one of the minor objectives in the process.
This is much easier than it may sound, given that you have many hours to complete this.
The time limit is shown to the right of the score bar, and you can click it to end the date early.
Now that she knows Freddie is decently compatible, she decides it's time they try to have a real date.
Sims don't exist in a vacuum of informality; a date is not just an informal name given to a hang out between romantic interests.
Christine performs admirably, achieving gold level before even getting halfway to the time limit.