Oh, great. The useless milling again. Back at the house, the men enter. Matthew is the first one in, and he tells us about the "amazing feeling" he inspires. Ryan M. thinks he's going to get a rose. Rick takes a seat next to Meredith. Harold sits with her at the mysterious dining-room table, talking about how he wants kids again. Man, does anyone still have Mary's number? Outside, Meredith adjusts Ian's tie and he observes, "You're always fixing me." Really? Because from this end, it looks more like, what's that one thing...oh, yeah, that you've never, ever spoke before. Stop having a relationship that I can't see! It's rude! On the matter of Ian, Meredith confessionalizes, "When I was on The Bachelor, I acted the same way he did. And [Bob] missed out on what I am. And I don't want to take that chance with Ian." It's not that insightful a comment, really, but any unadorned Bob-bashing is good enough for me, I tell you. And I didn't know that Ian has been acting the same way Meredith did on The Bachelor. In that case, I guess I really should have gotten around to saying this earlier...hey, Ian? Sorry to hear about your grandma.
Damon thinks he'll be getting a rose, and failure to do so will leave him "unsatisfied." Marcus tells Meredith that he feels "more serious" than some other guys on the show do. What is unfortunate about that observation is that he is black. Some guy whose name I still don't know sits next to Matthew, who sits next to Meredith. This is the actual conversation. Matthew: "I love breakfast." He explains that he likes eggs and homemade tortillas. And as much as I want to find this exchange as stultifyingly boring as it no doubt comes across in print, I have to say that this is where I turned to the engaged friends I was watching this with and told them that this moment was the best facsimile of actual dating that I'd seen on television, ever. "So, you like breakfast? I love it. They say it's the most important meal of the day. I ate Nutrigrain bars for a really long time, but then I found out that they have polyunsaturated fat in them! If I want that, I can just eat some donuts, am I right? So, do you have any brothers and sisters?" Maybe somebody would like to just arrange a marriage for me?
Ding ding ding, clang clang clang. There's Chris now, beckoning Meredith into the Gloom Room (or, I'm still not doing well with this nickname thing. Have you noticed?). Once ensconced, Meredith tells Chris that this is like "a dream come true" for her, and remembers her own experience on that show and has decided not to send anyone home who "has potential" that they're not delivering on yet because they are shy or otherwise socially retarded in the six cumulative minutes they've had to spend with her so far. Chris tells her that he felt she was "very troubled" before the first rose ceremony, adding that it's his experience that they only get harder from here. But I would say that Meredith is kind of as light and breezy as we've seen her in two seasons. She knows exactly who's going, I think. Nevertheless, she plays the game like a champ, telling Chris, "I'm definitely struggling...they're all great guys, but in the end, I'm trying to find the one that's right for me." Chris tells her to check out the video messages, and takes his leave with the tray of boutonnières because he's much more than just a butler, people.