So: dinner at a fancy Vegas restaurant, where Brad tells the Ashleys that "this weighs very heavily" on his heart, but it's only because he's an awesome guy who cares so much. He talks about what a babe Ashley S. is, and then thanks Ashley H. for "solidifying" that he really has changed.
"I think you will make an extraordinary wife. I don't think you'll make an extraordinary wife for me," he says. Jesus. It's like the end of Old Yeller. She seems to hold it together with Brad, but cries in the interview with us. "I feel like I've been punched in the stomach. And the heart." And the brain? She doesn't know how she went from the first impression rose to, um, not competing with a dozen other women for the same guy. The interview goes on for so long and she cries SO MUCH that I actually have a hard time watching it. I do, however, enjoy the husky crew member looking back and forth between the two packed suitcases in the hotel suite foyer, with the women gasping when he takes Ashley S.'s bag, because they always seem to forget that ONE of them is going home.
I'm really glad Ashley H. and Brad enjoyed themselves in the show. I really hope the audience members enjoyed paying full price to see a show with performers who learned their parts in an afternoon. I hope the rest of the cast of the show enjoyed their career and hard work trivialized with the inclusion of the dilettantes.
Hours later, Ashley S. is still crying.
Please tell me we're not going to watch another therapy session. Oh, shit. Brad says it's been a tough week, and he realizes a lot of the women are getting emotionally invested. "My first instinct would be to close off and not hurt a single woman in this process, but I can't allow myself to do that." He can't allow himself to not hurt women, he tells us. THAT'S WHAT HE TOLD US.
So he calls his therapist, who reminds him that he's there to find his wife. "Your loyalty is not to any of the girls, it's to the mission. Your mission is to find her." Brad estimates he made eighty percent of the women cry tonight. The therapist says he needs to let that stuff go, and he talks about Brad being vulnerable himself, and a whole lot of blah blah blah. It's ridiculously boring. What Brad takes out of it: "Strength and vulnerability can coexist."