Then Jason comes in and spirits Megan away for a chat. One of the other women says, "What was her name? Done and done. Give me the pen."
Outside, Megan explains that her kid is fourteen months old, so he's still learning. Yeah, they don't stop learning until they're like, two, right? They talk about how parenthood is so great. She says she takes him to the petting zoo every other day, which surprises him, and then she says something about living on twenty-two acres so there are all these animals there, so I think there's some fudging going on here.
In an interview, Jason talks about the connection they have, each having a boy. I can't help but fall asleep. Meanwhile, a group of women are all still sitting around the rose, with Jackie saying she wants to know when it's getting handed out. And no, she's not quite enunciating all her words. Jason strolls in to pick it up and walks out again, and the women all blessedly stop talking.
In an interview, he says he was nervous picking it up, because there were a bunch of girls in that room, and he wasn't giving it to any one of them. The women follow as Jason strolls through the mansion to find, in a total non-shocker, Nikki, and he talks about how stunning she was, and how easy their conversation was, and I could have told any of the parents there that all your ability to relate to a fellow single parent didn't mean squat next to how Nikki fills out a dress. The other women watch and sip their drinks while Nikki thanks him for the rose and accepts his gushing compliments. "I'm really stunned. I don't know what to say," she says. In an interview, she says she feels like a princess in a fairytale. Given her pageant hobby, I suppose that's something she's always aiming for.
Stephanie remarks that the rose was handed out quickly, which is interesting, given that they've friggin' really dragged it out here. "That's all right, y'all," says Megan, and someone points out that there are fourteen other roses. No one points out that ten of them aren't making it past this first night. Melissa says she hopes she piqued his curiosity. Shannon says she was surprised, either that she didn't get it, or Nikki didn't get it. Yeah, I mean, Shannon probably barely looked at Jason's MySpace page!
So Jason sits down with the women and talks about the nervous tension, and that must be Chris Harrison's cue, because he strolls in and says it's time for the first rose ceremony, but first up is the voting. "There were three of you who received the majority of the votes, and one of you will be leaving tonight," he says in another weird obviously-dubbed-in-later line. He has the results, he says. He reaches into his jacket for hopefully a gun. Nope, just the results.
Jackie got the third-most votes, who covers her mouth but doesn't seem to take it too hard. Second-most: Erica, who gasps. "Really, you guys? I'm a little hurt," she says, trying to laugh it off.
Dubbed in again, Chris says, "Receiving, by far, the most votes, Megan." Megan looks actually stunned and doesn't say anything. Chris asks Jason to come stand with him. And then, in yet more dubbed in dialogue, Chris says what they didn't know is that Megan is "leaving with a rose tonight," which, if you're going to dub in dialogue after the fact? At least make it clear. I had no idea what was going on at first. In fact, Megan's not actually leaving at all. "I'm glad you're safe," says Jason, which indicates to me that he was told the woman who got the most votes was going to get to stay, rather than him picking her himself. A bunch of women clap, some of whom probably voted for her. "You (bleep)," says Megan, "jokingly," to someone as she goes to get her rose from Jason, and Renee's eyes widen, probably during some conversation hours earlier.
Lauren acknowledges how difficult things are going to be since a lot of the women who will be staying voted for her. Then she points out that Megan called them (bleep)s. "I'm like, 'That's why we voted! That's why you got it!'"
Anyway, Chris takes Jason away so they can prepare for the rose ceremony. Meanwhile, Megan's all confused because she doesn't know if Jason wants her to stay or not. Meanwhile, all these women were acting like they're best friends, but they all (bleeping) hate her. She almost starts crying on camera, because she's used to being friends with everybody.
So after the commercial break, Chris and Jason stand in the deliberation room which has, naturally, pictures of all the women, instead of resumes. Not that looks are the most important thing, of course. Chris says he doesn't know if Jason knows this, but this is the same deliberation room that DeAnna stood in. Jason says he didn't know that, instead of commenting on how fucking weird it would be if this house had a whole bunch of different deliberation rooms. And I'd also like to say right now that if one of the side effects of bringing back a rejected bachelor is that we have to hear about DeAnna all season, just like she wouldn't stop going on about what's his face last time, then I'd really rather we just pick a fresh bachelor next time.
Anyway, Jason gets down to the business of picking the fifteen hottest women. I mean, the fifteen most compatible women. Chris asks about Shannon, who is, in her own words, "totally not a stalker." Jason says her knowledge was impressive, which is a rather generous way of looking at it. He says he knows where Shannon's coming from, because he wouldn't have come last time if it weren't for DeAnna. Yeah, and how'd that work out for you?
Raquel? "Incredibly sexy." Molly? He respects her for grabbing him away from Raquel. Sharon, who quit her job to be here? "I'm thinking about that, but I'm not going to give her a rose just because she left her job." I'd go further and say it's a reason, a really compelling one, to send her packing, but Jason's a nicer guy or a bigger idiot than I am. Chris asks his thoughts on all the single parents. Jason says he doesn't care one way or the other; if there's a connection, there's a connection, and if there are kids, the more the merrier.
Stephanie? He's impressed she got over her husband's death, whatever that's supposed to mean. Chris asks why he thinks the women voted for Megan, and Jason figures that she wasn't getting along with the others. It's important for him to see who gets along with whom, which I'm guessing means Megan's gone the first time Jason gets the chance. "Megan left the most important thing to meet me," he says, and they have a huge connection, so he says he would have given her a rose anyway.
So, anyway, is his wife in that room? Jason says he thinks so, because all the qualities are there. Chris wishes him luck, and Jason goes about looking at the pictures. "This is difficult," he voices over. "I'm not here to hurt people, but I'm here to find the love of my life."
Rose ceremony time! Nikki and Megan are safe, Nikki thanks to Jason, Megan thanks to the other women. Everyone looks awkward.
Thirteen roses left. Let the culling begin!
Jason comes out and thanks them, and says he had a blast. "But I have to make a difficult decision, an excruciating decision." He gives some lip service to the fact that he was on the other side of the room, and he says it's not any easier on this side. He does, however, feel like the luckiest guy alive. Did he feel like the luckiest guy alive when he was on the other side of the room? No? Then yes, it is easier where he is standing now.
He picks up the first rose. Lauren. Kari. He kept Kari after that poem? Must be for comedy's sake. Naomi. Naomi's kind of mean, but kind of funny too. I like her. Natalie's next. I have very little opinion on Natalie just yet. Then there's M