And you know what? Once Tierra started insisting she was OK, Sean really should have left her alone and gone ahead with the date with AshLee, who is currently the lesser of two evils. "She thinks it's cute to play the victim," says AshLee. I know this show gets edited harshly, but I do agree that Tierra is worse than Hitler, as we're being led to believe.
Anyway, eventually the date starts. Sean says he's looking for a woman with a caring and compassionate heart, but he also wants to see the kid in her too. So the way to prove how caring and compassionate and kidlike they are is to prevent anyone else from enjoying Six Flags today.
But then we find out there is a charity component: They're sharing the day with a couple of chronically ill girls who have gotten to know each other online -- but don't know they're going to meet each other in person for the first time. Brianna gets out of a limousine and meets Sean and AshLee, and then Emily arrives in another limousine, and the girls are thrilled and excited to see each other, and Sean explains both girls have mitochondrial disease which causes them a lot of pain, but today's a day for them to just be kids.
It is alarmingly sweet for this show, and I sure as hell am not going to be the one to make fun of teenage girls with mitochondrial disease. I'm just going to point out that the spirit the two of them show makes the bullshit that everyone else complains about on this show seem even more petty.
And then, as though these poor girls don't have enough challenges already, Sean introduces a concert by the Eli Young Band, whatever that is. I'm not sure why they would do that to these girls after giving them such a nice day, but I'm sure child welfare officers were on the scene within minutes to rescue them.
AshLee is glad to finally ditch the girls, so she can tell Sean about everything she's been through in her life -- she was abused (not sexually, she says) in a foster home. "Life is hard. Life brings you trials and tough times, and it's your family that holds you together," she says. And then she tells a (dammit) genuinely touching story about being adopted by the family that loved her ever since. She considers herself lucky, and the hug, and Sean's eyes water, and for the first time in my life I will give this show the benefit of the doubt and assume they're genuine, because -- uh -- I might have gotten a little misty-eyed too. Dammit, show, don't make me feel emotions!