As Gwen offers up a toast, Aaron tells us that it's easy to imagine how Alex ended up misleading several women into thinking that each of them was "the one." He says he doesn't want to go there because "that's not [him]." Yeah, his strategy is not to say anything at all that could be used against him, and to let the women all delude themselves into thinking that each of them is "the one" because he never says otherwise. Because the most mature way to handle a relationship is to set things up so that your partner can't blame you if it doesn't work out. Ass. Shut up, Aaron. You're even worse than Alex, because you actually think that you're better. Aaron explains that it's all a "double-edged sword" because he then has to tell the women something, or else the ones he already knows he's not going to choose will walk right out and then he won't have power over them any more. See, he has to make sure that the women think they all have a chance, even though they don't, and he absolutely has to do it in such a way that they don't think that Aaron has misled them, even though he's essentially misleading them by not telling them anything, because god forbid the women challenge him on his self-analysis that he's "genuine" and "honest." Yeah, what a catch.
Time for some final personal interviews. Heather tells Aaron that she'd love to take him home and introduce him to her parents. Aaron tells us that he doesn't think he was talking to the "real" Heather. He still calls her "Heather from Texas," even though "Heather from California" is long gone. He thinks that Heather is just trying to "sell herself" to him. She's been doing that from Day One. Where have you been? Aaron adds, "I can't blame her." Ah, there's that Midwestern modesty. Heather blathers more about getting to know Aaron better blah blah blah. Aaron is ordered by the show to compare Brooke to Heather because they want to play up that rivalry. Aaron says that Brooke is just "being herself" and having a good time. We see Brooke and Helene yukking it up back in the living room. Heather tells us that she thinks Brooke's age is working against her. According to whom? Yeah, Aaron's been really dismissive of Brooke all this time, hasn't he? I think Heather's just trying to convince herself.
This serves as a segue for Aaron's meeting with Brooke. They have to have each of these meetings in a different part of the Malibu Dream House, for some reason. I guess since they're paying for the whole thing, they want to show off as much as they can. Brooke asks if the fact that she's twenty-two bothers Aaron. Rather than hearing Aaron's response to the question, we get a voice-over response that she seems really concerned about it and he wants to "put her mind at ease" that he wanted to keep her around and meet her family. First of all, I think there's a reason that they constantly cut off Aaron's answers to questions: probably because he never actually answers them. Second of all, Brooke is hardly in some sort of panic about this. She gets emotional when she talks about her family, but honestly, she doesn't seem to be all that concerned that she might not get a rose. I think it's one of those situations where Aaron has to convince himself that he's calming down a hysterical woman in order to feel like he's in control, much as he did with Helene a couple of weeks ago. Aaron assures Brooke that she doesn't have anything to worry about "this time." Brooke wonders if this means that she has to worry about "next time."