Ben says something angry and Chris calls Ben out on his anger, but Ben claims he's not angry. Now. Ben acknowledges that he WAS angry and Ashley says that when she watched the show she got why he was angry. It's all very touchy feely. But wait, does that mean that Ashley didn't think that he had a right to be angry at her for dumping him on national television after he proposed to her? Does she have blunt-force head trauma or some form of Asperger's that prevented her from seeing that before? I mean, getting pissed when you get dumped is pretty normal human behavior. Ashley assures Ben that it wasn't anything that he did that made her choose J.P. She just liked J.P. more. Also, Ben's mom was kinda bitchy. Then Ashley rattles off the list of characteristics that the producers told her to mention: He was open, vulnerable, and put himself out there. I'm guessing that they producers focus grouped those words and found the audience related best to those terms.
After the commercial, the awkwardness has been dialed down to normal reality show levels now that Ben has left the stage to go pass out his phone number to whatever girl wants to rebound with him. Chris asks Ashley how it was seeing Ben again, but she said she knew he would be a gentleman and he was. Chris wants more, though, and he reminds her that Ben was angry and she was upset. Ashley nods, but she really just wants to talk about J.P., because, "Chris, he's a really good kisser." Chris isn't quite sure what to say about that, because he can't admit that he makes out with each and every contestant so instead he says he is glad to see the smile on her face and the rock on her finger. I can't believe he missed the opportunity to say "the Neil Lane " rock on her finger. Lost opportunity!
Then we get an extremely long ad for a show called "Take the Money and Run," which I will not watch.
We return from the break with the promise of seeing J.P. and Ashley together at last on stage. Yay? We just saw them together during the 8-10 PM hours. By the way, it is clear the editors cut out a lot of Ashley's real life perkiness, because on this show she is really disturbingly unsettlingly perky. Like, dial down the dosage of whatever it you're on sweetheart, because you're disrupting the neighbors. Chris introduces J.P. as Ashley's fiancé and he comes out and kisses her. Chris wants to know how hard it has been to be apart from the woman he loves. He says it has been nothing like anything he's ever been through. He's been leading a double life. He claims he is so so so in love with Ashley and she is the best thing that has ever happened to him. The audience gets some group "awwwwwwwwwwws" out and then Chris asks J.P. what it has been like not being able to defend Ashley against the vicious tabloid rumors? He says it's been super hard. Um, has anyone seen any of these vicious tabloid rumors? I've been looking but the only things I can find say Ashley cries all the damn time and is hung up on Bentleeeeeeeeee, but that's neither untrue nor a secret.