A date card arrives back at the lodge for Desiree: "Don't be scared ... to fall in love." Who's it from? Oh, right.
Anyway, you'll never believe this, but Tierra has completely recovered from being "frozen to death" (her words) and is getting ready to come to the party, and she's completely open with us about what a hero she is for overcoming the earlier trauma to be with Sean.
There is enjoyable video of the women making fun of Tierra's cry-wolf routine, and everything goes hilariously silent when Tierra shows up. It's kind of hilarious the way she is just suddenly coming through the door, and it's kind of like when Samara crawls out of the well in The Ring only MUCH MORE TERRIFYING, and she stares at everyone, and everyone stares back. "I don't know what she's done throughout her life to be so good at this, but she is a professional at getting attention," says Lesley, who calls her a "Tierrarist," and now I think I love Lesley. Sean shows up and pulls Tierra aside, Tierra playing the brave little soldier. Lindsay flat-out says Tierra's faking it. And someone ventures the opinion that Tierra is too young to get married or have a family, like she's 14 or something.
And then Sean is sitting with the women and talking about how Tierra overcame hypothermia (i.e. "she was exactly as cold for exactly as long as everyone else") to be here tonight (the other women offer polite laughter), but in a surprise move, Sean gives the date rose to Lesley, because they turned a corner together. Tierra's not impressed. She says she deserved it because of all the shit she put up with, by which she means she put a lot of work into pretending to have hypothermia, but she's got nothing to show for it.
After dinner, Sean tells us that tonight was really refreshing, but a woman tonight said she really wants him to meet her family, but he doesn't see forever with her, so it's not fair to make her wait around for another rose ceremony. He shows up at the women's room and asks to see Sarah, throwing everyone into a tizzy.
She comes back to Sean's room, where he tells her that lately he's been trying to "force it" with her. "I so appreciate you showing me pictures of your family and everything," he says. But if he's being completely honest, he felt like they were reaching ("reaching," Sean? Really?). Sarah's hurt and caught off-guard. Sean wants to make it clear that she's definitely one of the most amazing women in the world, and then plays up what a hero he is for not making her wait around for a rose ceremony. "It's totally OK," she tells him, and it's too bad she's being such a doormat about this because his whole gallant won't-make-you-wait-around-for-the-rose-ceremony bullshit isn't fair.