But she doesn't seem to realize that he wants her to back off: "I don't know if I'm crazy or if I don't understand the way he communicates. It's really freaking me out," she tells us.
And the other running subplot of this cocktail party is the Blaming of the Woman who cracked Brad's nice-guy veneer and turned him into a sociopath. Chantal wants to figure out who Brad's talking about when he says that someone gave him some grief about not giving out the rose on the group date.
Meanwhile, Shawntel is alone with Brad. And then they play this wonderful game called the silence game, which involves them blessedly KEEPING QUIET, then they make out, and then they go back to the silent game, which she loses by talking first. Brad loves it, says he wanted to relax, and this did the trick. Well, of course it did. This is his position on women getting all emotional on him at its logical conclusion: I don't want to hear you speak. Just kiss me.
Meanwhile, the other women, led by Chantal, who seems to be a bit of an instigator this episode, have figured out that Michelle must have been the one who pissed Brad off last night, despite the fact she played dumb when asked about it earlier.
So Michelle is asked again if she knows who gave Brad grief about not giving out the rose, and she plays innocent again, saying essentially. "Well, last night I went to his house and gave him grief about not giving out the rose, I wonder if that's what he's talking about." And then she just owns it. Talk about the silent game! The other women look like they want to literally murder her. She points out that it's a competition (which is an attitude more of the contestants really need to have every year) and that any one of them could have done the same thing. "I just happened to be the one who did it," she says. "To be honest, this is why I'm here. I'm not apologizing. I'm just trying to keep it real." That last part is usually said by people defending themselves being an asshole.
Time for Chantal now to have an awkward conversation. But this one culminates with, "I'm falling in love with you. I love you." Brad reacts like she just said, "Uh, Brad, did you ever see The Crying Game?" Anyway, that made his night. "To hear a woman say that she's falling in love with me lets me know that this process is working," he says. Doesn't the fact that you didn't/couldn't say it back to her tell you that the process is irreparably fucked? If it doesn't, it should. He just asks what makes her say that, and she says "deep emotional damage," or at least she should.