So they're a little hopeful when they see him walk in to the cocktail party alone, and he explains his "moment of clarity" when he saw what an emotional mess she was, and he knew she wouldn't be his wife. And he tells them he's not looking for someone who causes drama, and it sure sounds like a warning. And also because he's such a baby, there's not going to be a cocktail party, but he will see them at the rose ceremony.
AshLee's not sure if the "no drama, bitches!" warning is directed at her or not, but Lesley, for one, thinks AshLee should be at least a little worried. They file into the rose ceremony, where Chris Harrison babbles some bullshit at them to remind them that they must all respect what he did with Tierra. AshLee is freaking out, because she never wants "to bring confusion to this man" and she never wants to bring hurt. "And I don't want to go home without him." Well, just don't cause him any kind of consternation ever, and you'll be fine.
Sean comes in. Brave little soldier carrying on in the face of all this drama! First rose goes to Desiree. Pardon me, "Des." Next one goes to Catherine. Lesley and AshLee are the final two, and Sean picks AshLee. "This rose, to me, tells me I can trust," says AshLee, who is almost stalkerishly convinced that this man -- now dating four women, the smallest number he's been with as long as she's known him.
"Rejection hurts. Heartbreak hurts," Lesley tells us. Well, you can always go back to making fun of nerds in Washington!
And Catherine, despite being selected, says she's not sure what Lesley's ouster means for her relationship with him. Uh, doesn't it mean he likes you better? She thinks Lesley and Sean had more in common than she does with him. "My beliefs are shattered about what he wants," she says. I'm not sure I've ever seen a contestant this upset to be selected.
Although when you think about it, any sane contestant should respond with tears and self-doubt whenever they're informed that they have to be around for at least one more episode.
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