Admit it: There's a lot that's funny about this. And, if it all works out? You'll have a pretty amusing story to tell your grandkids someday. If there's absolutely no denying that you're the one who cut the cheese, break the tension and awkwardness with a joke. Psychologist Helen Odessky has a good, down-to-earth response, "Glad we got that out of the way — we can both pretend to be human now!" Relationship coach and MD Dr. Mo's line of choice is, "I'm clearly comfortable with you — that's grounds for a second date already!" Dating and relationship coach Christine Baumgartner suggests saying, "I bet you're relieved I went first!" And I'll let you snag my personal favorite, "Believe it or not, that's actually a mating call for some species. Is it working?"
Behrendt strongly recommends cracking up at your cutting the cheese. "If you're on a first date and things are as heightened as they are, that sound's gonna change the mood of whatever's happening," he told me. "It's gonna really change the focus of whatever's going on — unless you're laughing. If you're laughing and then you fart, and you keep laughing — a laughing fart is forgivable, especially if that person's making you laugh and they make you laugh until you fart. That's almost a meet-cute!" He added, "Own it and say [jokingly], 'Oh my God, I just farted, so we don't have to see each other anymore. I accept that it's over.' Acknowledge it and be funny about it."
Alternatively, if you're shy, or don't have the best comedic delivery, you can also just try to blush and giggle demurely because you're just so cute!