Then it is the Rose Ceremony and Ashley is wearing a prom dress/nightgown (a peignoir? I don't know?! I'm 70% dude!) while she studies the well-traveled head shots of the remaining five bachelors. Through some excellent voiceovers and interview clips, Ashley, Chris Harrison, and the bachelors all mull Ashley's decision. Whose family will she meet? There are five guys left, and only four roses to hand out. Whoever she sends home will be heartbroken. As the men file in, Chris Harrison goes to talk to Ashley. They chat for a moment about Ryan's departure. Ashley was trying to do the right thing by him. She didn't want to meet his family if she wasn't feeling a connection. She didn't want to keep him away from his office if she didn't love him. She knew it was the right decision and she has another right decision all queued up and ready to go. She don't need no stinkin' Rose Ceremony. She doesn't need to go through the motions tonight, she knows what she wants to do. Chris Harrison breaks the news to the men that there is no cocktail party or Rose Ceremony tonight, because Ashley already made up her mind. J.P. gets it and Lucas doesn't. Guess which one is going home?
Ashley finally comes in and once again utters her shiver-inducing barf-worthy tag line: I can see my husband in this group. She gives the first rose to Constantine, which is stupid, because J.P. already has his rose and she spent the night with Ben, so there's no drama. Then she calls Ben up. Ames and Lucas wish each other good luck and then Chris Harrison earns $360,000 by announcing that it is the final rose of the evening. Then Ashley gives Ames the final rose, because OMG they must be the WASPiest family in America and who wouldn't want to see that? Ashley walks Lucas out. Lucas does not cry in the bushes. Instead he gives her a big hug, calls her sweetie, and walks off. Inside, J.P. dickishly tells Ames that he wasn't expecting that result. Dick, right? Ashley claims saying goodbye to Lucas is "so hard." Crying ensues. No, really. She is crying over Lucas. Pull it together, woman! Ashley claims she had no idea there would be so much pressure. Maybe she's not cut out for this. Oh maybe?