We hear Courtney's mean thoughts on all the rest of the women as Ben takes some alone time with them. The worst she says about her buddy Casey S. is that she doesn't see much of a connection there. She does see Kacie B. as a bit of a threat, which is justified when Ben gives Kacie the rose for the date.
"I don't need roses. I need more time," says Courtney. Yeah, uh, you do need roses, though. Anyway, Courtney takes Ben away, pissing off the just-rosed Kacie. You see, Courtney feels like Kacie isn't very worldly -- not like Courtney -- and that Ben needs a woman, not a girl. I'm not sure what that means when you place it next to the fact that Courtney can't seem to speak without saying "like" every third word, but it's her theory, not mine. Courtney squeezes herself up against Ben and starts fake-casually saying how much she'd love to go skinny dipping. Not much of a surprise, given that this show has been showing clips of it from the very first week. Ben's not game, right now, but at least Courtney is falling out of her dress enough to require some side-boob pixellation.
The next day, Elyse asks the other women for advice on the one-on-one date. Because they're not competitors, but friends, right? The date card officially arrives. "Elyse, let's find love somewhere private..." reads Courtney. "I am so excited right now," Elyse tells everyone. She tells us that she misses being in love, because she loved being in love. And she's crying telling us about the possibility of going home, and then she tells us that she gave up her job to be here. I am never less sympathetic to any contestant than when I find that out, let me tell you.
Anyway, in a bit of a welcome change from Helicopterfest 2012, this date is on a yacht, and Ben actually says something about how his date with Ashley was "monumental" and that's when his feelings changed, and he thinks "being on the water can do that." Really? The only journey Ben should be on is one to a wizard in the hopes of getting a brain. Anyway, these two numbskulls might just be perfect for each other. We learn that not only did Elyse give up her job, but she has her master's (in something. Personal training?). Oh, and she skipped her best friend's wedding to be here. All I know that is that a friend who skipped my wedding to be on The Bachelorette would have to start appending "former" to the "best friend." And now they jump off a boat, which is supposed to be funny or endearing or something but only winds up making wish I were watching Jaws 2012.