Lots of applause, no booing. It MUST be Courtney's fault, you guys! Harrison says there's optimism on both sides, but it also seems like there's trust issues. Neither of them say anything, so Harrison asks how things stand, and there's an uncomfortable pause before Ben says, "In a good place!" which sounds about as horseshitty as I'm sure it is.
Harrison asks why they broke up for a while, and Ben says he's never been in a situation like this, and he was surprised watching the stuff on television, because he's a low-drama person, and he knows Courtney is a no-drama person. The audience snickers at this, and Ben and Courtney talk about the tough crowd, and Ben says they'll have to get used to this. Yes, because you guys will be on television forever and people won't have forgotten your names in a month's time!
Harrison asks if she can trust him wholly, and Courtney says, "Not completely." And Ben looks at her, and nods, like he understands. And when Chris Harrison advances the controversial thesis that marriage depends on being able to trust each other, Ben starts blaming their problems on not being able to spend time together, and now they are talking about how good they are at communicating each other. Except for when they broke up and Ben didn't return Courtney's calls, I guess? The level of the cognitive dissonance here is staggering.
Harrison says they're hearing two different stories: we're optimistic, but we're not sure what we're doing. So to make it clear: do they have any doubts? Courtney starts with an "Ummm..." which makes the audience laugh again, and keep in mind this is a studio audience for The Bachelor, which traditionally isn't the most skeptical group of people.
Harrison asks Ben if he can tell Courtney that he won't abandon her, and Ben equivocates, talking about how he can honestly say he wants to be with her. Oh, and what the hell, he won't abandon her! Again, that is.
After the commercial break, Harrison talks about their magical Matterhorn proposal, where it really seemed like they were in love. And in case someone decided to tune in for After the Final Rose but not the two hours before it, we're forced to watch this bullshit again. Ben and Courtney seem pretty excited to watch themselves on television.