The women mingle. Evan voice-overs that when they all got a chance to talk, he wasn't sure what kinds of questions they would ask him. Gretchen asks where he lives in California, and Evan stammers that he's between places right now. So he's homeless? Someone asks if he'll ever work again. Evan stutters that he doesn't know. Didn't anyone prep him for this? I mean, it's small talk, so you know what kinds of questions they are going to ask. And he clearly is unable to think on his feet. Which, come to think of it, makes the show a little more interesting, which may be what the producers planned. Crafty devils. Evan voice-overs that it was a lot harder than he thought, and leading the women on was weird. Mandy asks what Evan's reaction was when he got the phone call about the money. Evan hesitates and says that he was shocked. In an interview, Evan says the hardest part was "disarming the conversation." "Disarming"? Evan says that he tried not to give too much away while still being polite. Interview Evan says he was in a state of shock and it's a wonder he wasn't stuttering. Cut to Evan going, "It's it's it's it's not something that you just go absolutely nuts." Hee! In an interview, Sarah says she was comforted by his answers, because he hasn't gone crazy with the money. In an interview, Evan says he just wanted the questions to end before he blew his story. We see Katy and Melissa M. sitting and listening to him. In an interview, Melissa M. says she was dumbfounded, because sometimes she can be very confident, but she was struck by Evan's looks. Melissa adds that she "just had those butterflies that you get and that's awesome, because I live for butterflies." I predict that if they do an SNL sketch about this show, Maya Rudolph will nail the Melissa M. part. "I live for butterflies." You can't make that shit up.
Alex McLeod enters the ballroom. Alex? Where the hell have you been? She tells the women that they look beautiful, and then announces, "Tonight. Evan. Will give twelve of you. A strand of pearls. As an invitation. To continue with him. On this journey." Why is she talking like that? Alex adds that the jewelry will get more extravagant as this adventure unfolds, which I think was also overdubbed, because the captioning phrased that totally differently. Alex says that those who don't receive necklaces will have to leave tonight. The Guitar Of Bitter Remorse When They Find Out They Have To Stay In France For Seven Weeks strums bitterly. Alex calls for the necklaces from Paul, who is standing nearby with the necklaces on a silver tray. Am I the only one who giggled when Alex said that Evan would be giving the women pearl necklaces? Yes? I'm disgusting? Okay, I'll shut up then. Evan confirms that he's ready.