So the two of them hike through the woods to some sort of lodge for dinner, where Ben has heroically decided to not give up on Rachel, but the awkwardness continues.
Speaking of guzzling wine, all the bachelorettes are getting bombed when another date card arrives. It's for Jamie, Casey S., Blakeley, Lindzi, Samantha, Nicki, and Kacie B., Courtney. "Let's see if you're a great catch," is what the card says. "My first group date," says Courtney, and in an interview she talks about how some of the other girls "don't get it" because they all want Ben to hate her. There is some talk of Courtney being condescending, but she says she's excited to be on a group date, even though she has all the energy of a tortoise on chloroform.
Ugh, kill me now. Back to dinner with Rachel and Ben, where they're talking about why their other relationships have failed, and opening up to people, and Rachel is admitting to her communications issues, and then she babbles about how she's taking a big chance, and for some reason Ben considers talking about opening up to be the same as ACTUALLY OPENING UP, and now he is picking up the rose which means that he wants to give it to her and we look forward to soul-sucking boredom whenever these two are together, and now they are making s'mores, like could someone involved with this show whip out a credit card and spend some money?
And the next day, Ben is riding a horse and telling us about how excited he is for this date with the eight ladies and how they're going to see his "country side," like there couldn't be anything less interesting than city boys pretending to be country?
With the women standing in a field, Ben rides up while the bachelorettes coo over how hot he looks in a saddle. They're all going horseback riding, and Nicki talks about how beautiful the scenery is, and then "doing it" with Ben, but I think she meant horseback riding.
They ride up the river to find hip-waders all laid out, which means all these delicate princesses are going to have to pretend to be excited about catching their own lunch. Courtney looks particularly inept. She admits to us that she's never fished before -- shocking, I know -- but she's not worried about it, because "Catching a fish probably isn't that much harder than catching a man." She says that with a lot of confidence for a woman who had to come on The Bachelor to catch a man. She says it's all about making the move, and she doesn't see many of the other girls making their move.