Then there's this weird scene where all the women are in the bathroom, and Jillian and Michelle are in their bathing suits and having a bubble bath and drinking, while Molly and Stephanie sit there, and they all talk about their own insecurities. None of them hits on the right one, based on this scene: too BORING AND ANNOYING.
Jason and Naomi are cuddling after dinner, with Naomi talking about how she opened up with him today. In an interview, Jason praises Naomi for how she really answered all the questions he had about her. "I had so much fun today. I'm, like, glowing right now," says Naomi.
"This week has been really tough, but it's been worth it," Jason tells us, adding that the hometown dates are going to be important because he doesn't want to make the wrong choice. "These women are all quality, huge-hearted beautiful people, and this is where I could make a mistake," he says.
At the hotel, all the women are engaging in their favorite activity: talking about Jason. Naomi says having a one-on-one date made all the difference. Jason surprises them all by showing up, and says he needs to talk to Jillian. "If anyone might break my heart, it might be Jillian," he says. He wants to make sure that if he's going to propose to her, she's actually going to be in love with the awesomeness that is himself.
So they go to a coffeeshop and then the two of them are still shitting out dozens of self-help pamphlets on love. Jillian sounds nervous as she talks about showing Jason her soft side. I just can't take this scene. We've reached the part of the season where the words are just bouncing off my skull and I actually have to concentrate too hard to make it through all the blather and talk of "connection" and ... I don't talk like this, I don't know anyone who does, except people who watch this shit and then think that this is the way you talk about matters as important as love, and this is what happens when the contestants' own brains start rebelling against the ridiculous that is this show and refuse to let you be seen as anything but babbling fools. I can't tell you what they're saying to each other because I honestly don't know. I can only rewind it so many times when it's two hours of this shit, and I have another job and I'd like to sleep at some point. Anyway, finally, seemingly convinced that Jillian is on her way to being in love with him, Jason rams his tongue down her throat.
Once again, Jason tells us that this decision is "so important because I have to choose the right people." Really? It's important to make the right decision because you need to make the right decision?
Chris Harrison shows up for a chat before the rose ceremony, and Chris endearingly starts doing his thing where, when he's talking to the bachelor, he starts adding "man" to the end of each sentence. Jason talks about how, now that he's home in Seattle, the momentousness (or maybe that should be momentous stupidity) is really starting to hit home for him, because it was in doing the hometown date with Deanna that everything seemed to change for him. One thing's for sure, though: He needs to make the right decision, because it's important that the right decision is made.
We reminisce over the date with Melissa (with clips shown because we're too stupid to remember what we just watched). Jason wonders, "Can someone be that perfect for me?" Chris wonders if he's waiting for "the other shoe to drop."
More praise for Stephanie, and Jason says if he winds up with her, then he'll be the "luckiest guy in the world." Does that mean, if he picks someone else, he'll be at best the second-luckiest guy in the world?
Quick hit and run commentary on the other women. Molly: "The attraction is obviously there!" Jillian: "Needs to be there for me!" Naomi: "Really opened up to me!"
Chris says he knows Jason must be struggling with the decision, and Jason agrees, and Chris leaves so Jason can stand and look out the water for eleven hours. "I can see my life with any of these five women, so it's a huge decision." You see, he's choosing women to go on hometown dates, and that's when it gets really serious. I love how the next level is always when it gets really serious. "I didn't get any sleep at all last night," says Jason. So you literally were sleepless in Seattle?
Let's get the madness over with. Chris greets the women at the rose ceremony, and tells them that Jason's really struggling with his decision, as the women who move on tonight get hometown dates.
Jason comes out to say this week has been "unreal" and this is really important, and blah blah blah, and he got "most" of his questions answered. "I do have somebody I still want to talk to tonight, so Naomi, can I talk to you for a second?"
After Naomi leaves with him, the other women huddle up to figure out what they're talking about, but one things for sure -- he's probably not sending Naomi home.
Maybe we'll get lucky, and he and Naomi are having sex in the bathroom? Oh, goody, they're having a BORING CONVERSATION. Jason wants Naomi to make sure that she knows that dates with him won't always consists of floatplanes and rock walls. Really? Naomi assures him that she knows that sometimes a date will mean popping a movie in after Ty goes to sleep, and Naomi assures him that she knows that and so wants that, and is so over the single lifestyle. So they hug and go back inside, and Jason apologizes to the other women; it was just that he had to be reminded that whatever he says he wants is what the women will say they want to.
He makes a big show of sighing before picking up the first rose to hand out. Jillian. Yay! Go, Alberta! I liked Jillian this week. She seems the most down-to-earth, apart from all the annoying relationship blather. Melissa's next. Then Molly, who covers her face. "It's been a tough night," she says. Naomi can barely conceal her scowl, since she thinks she's obviously going home. Stephanie's just staring at Jason, eyes like laser beams.
Final rose? Naomi. She smiles. Stephanie looks down. Naomi's oblivious to the fact that Jason's staring at Stephanie over her shoulder when he hugs her.
After Naomi goes back to the other women and takes Stephanie's hand, Jason says, "I want to say this in front of everybody: You are ... [fakes breaking down] the most amazing person I've ever met. And I think we are all better people because of meeting you here." Naomi and Molly start to cry as Jason talks about how beautiful she is outside and in, and Jason says he's lucky to have met her. Not to be outdone, she thinks he's awesome too: "You are an incredible man, and I wish you the best."
So Jason takes her outside while the remaining women hug (Stephanie tells one of them to make Jason very happy), with Molly comforting Naomi, who's just bawling. Sitting together, Jason tells Stephanie that he meant every word, and then they talk about how the connection wasn't really there. "I wanted it to be there," says Jason. God, I love how before a bachelorette is eliminated the bachelor will talk about the connection they have, but then they get axed and they say the connection just wasn't there. Anyway, Jason wants her to have someone who gives her everything she deserves. In an interview, he talks about wanting to have Steph around as a friend forever. And everyone should have a friend like Steph!