Lauren sing-songs, "I feel like an idiot!" She shrugs off Jason's selection, because if he wants to be with someone who's off and crying in the bathroom every five minutes... In other news, Megan made it to the 1:05 mark of the episode before dropping an F-bomb in an interview. Naomi, in a surprise twist, tells us she was happy to get the rose.
So Stephanie and Nikki get ready for their date, and are coincidentally getting dressed when someone rings the doorbell and has left a couple of dresses by Alberta Malkali for them to wear, because "every princess deserves a gown for the ball," according to the card, which doesn't explain why every princess doesn't get her own prince. Or, in this case, Jason.
There is entirely too much rehashing of what happens on a two-on-one date. Are we all clear? Everyone realize that one woman gets a rose, the other goes home? I mean, if you're so stuck for video that you include Stephanie obviousing that getting a rose is crucial "because it determines the fate of staying here," then maybe we could chop this show down to an hour, huh?
The two women look really nice, with Stephanie looking much less harsh than she did in the initial episode or two. However, she expresses some insecurity over how beautiful Nikki is, and that she thinks Jason likes dark hair and dark eyes.
So Jason rolls up in a Rolls-Royce or Bentley or whatever, and, as usual, the women all happily send the trio off on their date, and then start scowling and tossing back their omnipresent drinks as soon as they leave. "The farther along this process goes, it's hard," says Shannon.
Jason talks about how he was taken with Nikki right away, but she stays in the box. "I don't," he says. Then he touts Stephanie's qualities: fun, loves life, great mom. "But I need to make sure there's a romantic connection there."
They pull up to a restaurant with a patio draped in lights. In an interview, Stephanie calls Nikki a third wheel. Anyway, before dinner, there will be dancing, which involves a dance lesson by a Deborah who prattles on about how beautiful the waltz is. Nikki doesn't do too badly, despite her reticence, and at least she's able to smile when she's uncomfortable, unlike, say, Shannon. But where Nikki is nervous, Stephanie is self-assured, because she already knows how to waltz, and she and Jason glide effortlessly over the patio. Nikki takes it in, and in an interview calls herself a third wheel. The date then turns into a cut-in festival, with each woman interrupting the dance to take a turn. Stephanie says she would have just planted one on Jason, but didn't want to with Nikki there. She might not have felt so bad, mind, if she heard Nikki's theory, which is that she wanted one-on-one time with Jason, which Stephanie already had. Oh, and also? "She already had a man. She married him, had his daughter, and sadly, he died. I want my turn." Yeah, step aside, Stephanie. You HAD your chance.