So now the two of them are cooking dinner, and Jillian says that every girl's dream is to be all hot and flustered cooking in the kitchen and worrying about the food turning out all right, and then some guy comes up behind her and starts grinding all over her, or something. Then they have that particularly annoying conversation on this show, where instead of just talking to teach other, they talk about how easy it is to talk to each other. Kiptyn says the reason he hasn't had a whole lot of relationships is because he tends not to pursue. "And so, part of this experience, when I was considering it, my first instinct was to say no," he tells her, admitting that he told himself he needed to do this to get "out of his comfort zone" and I'd like to say that the "comfort zone" is very underrated and unfairly maligned on this show. Then they start making out.
Back at the hotel, the doorbell rings, and there's another date card: Jesse, Tanner, Jake, Robby, Wes and Michael, Reed, Juan and Dave are going on the group date. Can I just say that any of the guys who is really excited that Dave gets to go is likely a massive douchebag himself? "Who can sweep me off my feet?" reads the card. Then the guys do the math and realize that that leaves Mike and Mark for the two on one date, and maybe if Mark were so damn worried about having to go, he would actually SHAVE, for crying out loud. He asks Juan's opinion who he thinks is going to be leaving, and tells him to be honest, and Juan says he thinks Mark will be going.
Meanwhile, Jillian and Kiptyn are cuddling outside, and Jillian tells us the whole date she was just thinking about giving Kiptyn the rose. If you think that means she's just going to give him the rose instead of babbling on for half-an-hour about getting to know the "real Kiptyn" or whatever, you are sorely mistaken. "Tonight, Kiptyn wasn't afraid to tell me how he felt," Jillian says, adding that he made her feel like the only woman in the world. Wouldn't you rather feel like one of three billion women in the world, and this guy chose you out of all the rest? Kiptyn tells us that he's a happy man, and he looks forward to the next time he sees her. They kiss goodnight at the door, and Jillian does a little happy dance that totally wasn't for the cameras or anything.
So the next day, the group date is something "Canadian." Oh, OK, awesome. I'm not a curling fan by any stretch, but much better they do something interesting like this. And I'd also like to say that, although it might not be the most necessarily fitness-requiring athletic pursuit, as the less-than-chiseled physiques of some of the world's top curlers can attest to, the skill level required to play it well is very underrated. Easy to learn, difficult to master, as the saying g- well, no, it's not even super-easy to learn. It takes a while to get the hang of it, especially learning how much weight to give the rock as you slide it down the sheet. I can't offer any advice on that score, but I can point you to maybe the greatest song ever written about curling, which is "Tournament of Hearts" by the Weakerthans. Added bonus: curling serves not only in the narrative, but also as a metaphor! OK, primarily as a metaphor. But the Weakerthans rule, and you should check them out.