Later, there is supposed to be a party underway, but everyone is pretty glum. The guys all think William crossed a line, and he is still standing in a corner yelling, "It was A ROAST! If she's not crying you're not doing your job!" Then a still-tearful Ashley comes out and dabs at her eyes as she explains that she is, in fact, not Emily, and never will be. And could any of these men actually date a woman with a NASCAR pedigree and a six-year old daughter? Ames, maybe, although the chances of him even knowing NASCAR exists, let alone needs to be written in all capital letters, are slim. Anyway, Ashley hopes that the men will learn to love her for who she is (not Emily) and maybe one of them is rich enough to buy her some self-esteem?
William asks for a moment alone to try and explain that it was A ROAST! His explanation is weak and patronizing, he wants to make people laugh, everyday! It's his reason for living. He figured the best way to bring smiles to the faces of children across America was to call Ashley Brad Womack's trash. Ashley claims it hurt so much because she cares about him. At that point William realizes he screwed up big time. He starts tearing up and it is hard to say whether he really thought it was all in good fun until he realized the grave error or whether he just doesn't like seeing girls cry. Then William tries to recuse himself from the proceedings. He wants to pack his bags and go home, but he starts with a walk. In L.A. I know! Who does that? How did he get there? Did a production assistant have to drive him so they could get long shots of him walking mournfully down Vine street?
As William makes sorrowful noises to himself, Ashley is going through the motions back at the Man Manor. She pretends to listen to heartwarming tales, like Jeff waxing on about his rescued three-legged dog. Ashley is just too distracted by thoughts of William playing a bit part in Nighthawks at the Diner to have her cockles warmed by the tale. William sits in a darkened alley thinking about what he's done. He knows he doesn't deserve a second chance, but really hopes he gets one and can earn her trust back. Ashley is moping that no one will ever be able to cheer her up, and then someone does. Magic! What's his face, the solar powered guy tells her that she is who he wanted on the show. He didn't want Emily with her too shiny teeth and Flowers in the Attic hair, he wanted Ashley and her stunning neuroses and low self esteem. Ashley is so touched that she lets him go to first.