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.
Uh-oh! We're at dinner now, and Elyse says she's "sick of being single," and Ben, understandably, seems to hear that as she wants to be with someone, not necessarily him specifically, so she has to then say, essentially, "When I said I was sick of being single, I didn't mean I was sick of being single." After some awkwardness, Ben pulls out the rose and launches into a long-winded speech about how he was hoping for something more from her, and his relationships with the other women are so far beyond what he thinks they could get to, and he goes on for what feels like hours like JUST SHOOT HER ALREADY IT WOULD BE MORE HUMANE. So she's not getting a rose, and he walks her down the beach because maybe he's going to drown her? She tearfully asks what she did wrong, and he just babbles the same things he said at dinner. He sees her off into a little tugboat or something, and she cries and says she feels like he didn't give her a chance, and she tried to open up as much as she could, and given that this is more Elyse than we've seen this entire season, I don't imagine we're going to miss her.