Back at Rock Bottom, the date crew sits down to lunch. Beverly is trying to figure out when the best time would be to bring up the whole drummer kiss fiasco. But first Ashley quite deviously tells Bret how nice her BFF Marcia was to give his front-row fans her Bret-gifted bracelet. Marcia explains that they were super fans, and deserved it more than she did. Bret says that he's bummed because he wanted her to have it as a gift from him, but in another sense it's really cool that she did that because it shows that she has a good heart. That last part is all lip service, though, and he interviews that this definitely sends him a signal. A bad signal.
And then Bret asks what was going on last night with "activity" in the aftershow, particularly the bit where somebody was trying to make out with the drummer. Beverly quite awkwardly says, "Okay. If that hap...I honestly..." and Bret just replies, "Nice." She doesn't think that she kissed him, she says, and Ashley jumps in with a curt, "I saw you." Beverly isn't saying that Ashley is lying, but she is saying that she doesn't remember it. However, if it happened, she admits, it wasn't cool. This is an awesome line of defense, isn't it? Bret tells Beverly that if she invited him to her show, no matter how drunk he got he wouldn't make out with her friends. Her sisters and cousins and Grandma Ethel, yes. But friends are off limits.
It's elimination time! Mindy says she's one of the few girls who hasn't gotten a date with Bret, and needs to have a discussion with him as to why her demeanor isn't now as chipper as it was previously. Beverly thinks that she's probably going to get cut, which sucks since she doesn't want to go out like this. "Like this" being "like a drummer-kissing hobag." Bret enters and says that it's now very clear to him what he needs to do. He calls the following girls to stay: Ashley, Natasha, Farrah, Kelsey, Taya, and Brittanya. This leaves Marcia, Beverly and Mindy. Bret says what he needs to do is painfully obvious and sends Big John away. Because he wants privacy with his millions of viewers? Bret tells Marcia that she's a beautiful girl with a beautiful soul, but that the two of them have a missed connection. He tells Mindy that he cares about her and is attracted to her, and is trying to get to the level of emotional connection. He wonders if she's attracted to him or if she wants to move on. And finally, Bret tells Beverly again that he would not make out with her friends if she invited him to a party at her house. He would not kiss her friends, or hug her friends, or lick their faces. I find it disturbing that he had to clarify that last bit. He says it was painful for him to hear of the drummer-kiss from everyone but Beverly. He was probably making out with Brittanya at the time. But Beverly is distressed that Bret has the completely wrong impression of her.