The next day, Ben meets Ashley at a national park, but they aren't just going to explore the park, they are going to moped through the park! Moped Hug! Ashley wraps her arms around Ben and reminds us that during their last date Ben showed her that he was ready for a serious relationship, but now she is dating multiple men (not in a slutty way) and needs to cement things. She needs to prove that there is both a physical and emotional relationship before she meets his family. Yeah, yeah, heard it before! You know, five minutes ago with Constantine. As Ben and Ashley zip down the gorgeous mountain roads with the river on the right and the overhanging rocks and... dammit I want to be on a reality show if it means traveling to places this beautiful while professing fake feelings and light canoodling (that's eating noodles from a can, right?).
Anyway as they ride, we get MORE voiceovers. First Ben opens up about how he is falling in love with Ashley but is not ready to tell her. However, he loves the feel of her arms around his waist. Then Ashley voiceovers all the things she loves about Ben (Free Wine). Then Ben calls her "precious cargo," and at dinner he mentions the "L Bomb," so her self esteem is just rising and rising while he talks. Ben admits that he's teetering on the brink of love, and he's ready to open up again, he is serious about her, he wants her to meet the family, he has butterflies. He just doesn't drop the L Bomb willy nilly. But he hints at it broadly. He has no emotional barriers any more. He is starting to fall in love. He wants her to meet mommy. There is no way that Ashley is NOT putting out on this date. I mean, that speech right there? That was a lobster dinner and a Cartier necklace rolled into one for a girl with the self esteem of a bivalve and the eating habits of a... jazzercise dentist. Ashley claims she is falling in love with Ben, too. Maybe. He feels like her boyfriend. Honestly. Except for the other five guys.
The next morning, the five guys are given the rude awakening that Ben is not home. Yep, it's an all nighter. She owed it to him after all those sweet words, right? (NB: Ladies, you don't owe anybody any body ever.) J.P. has gone mute with rage at the injustice of "his" "girlfriend" spending all night with another guy. Ames seems much more logical and nonchalant about it, while Lucas clenches his jaw and gets even redder in the face, and Constantine wonders what's going on, but it's J.P. who is really feeling it. He curses in his interview and storms out of the hotel room, but when he, Ames, and Lucas head out on their group date he is all smiles and hugs for Ashley. Probably because when Ben got home he made it clear that nothing physical happened with Ashley and that they had separate rooms. Which is probably just chivalrous bullshit, right? Like whatever producer is tasked with following them around while they fondle each other, was like, fine, do it (yes, IT), but deny it later so we can pretend the fantasy suites matter.