As she twirls her rose, she claims she feels terrible. She tried to love this guy, but she knows she made the right choice. She is just sorry to break his heart, because she truly cares about him. The plane lands, the door opens, we see some ugly dress shoes. Eventually the camera pans up and we see... Ben. (Hey ladies, Ben is single!) Chris Harrison greets him and walks him up to see Ashley, but not before giving him a moment to talk about his dead father. Ben reminds us that he lost a family member four and a half years ago, but fear not: He's gaining a new family member tonight. Oh good lord, could Aeschylus have written a more painful tragedy than the scene unfolding before us now? I don't know. Could he?
Harrison delivers Ben to Ashley and as Ashley tears up (DRINK!) he notices something is wrong, but insists on declaring his love and his feelings publicly once again. He feels vulnerable (secret word: DRINK!) and open and he's totally proposing. He gets down on one knee and asks Ashley to marry him and "make him the happiest man on earth." She says nothing (although her eyes say, "ew".) She stares at him with tears in her eyes and it finally sinks in. Ben slowly rises to his feet and blinks a few times. She tries to explain that it's not easy for her, but he's not interested in talking about "her" right now. He walks off and Ashley chases him down (in heels!) and tries to tell him how great he is. He's not interested. He tells her not to bother sugar coating it, and he knows that he doesn't need her telling him how to feel and he's not going to be friends with her. He tells her that J.P. is a wonderful guy and he is sure they'll have a wonderful life together. Then he walks off. He's pissed. He's in shock as he walks and walks. He doesn't get it. He proposed to her! He was vulnerable! (Drink!) He didn't see this coming. He doesn't understand and he never will. He did dog voice on national television! Then he calls J.P. the "safe choice". He would never have proposed if he had any doubts. He thought he was in love, but maybe he was wrong about that too. As Ben wallows in his (completely deserved) bitterness Ashley is bawling her eyes out because she hates that she just did that to him. I think he may hate it a bit more.