Cocktail party time! Brad comes in to greet the women, and he talks about how there have been a lot of emotions and blah blah blah the exact same speech every bachelor makes every episode at the start of every cocktail party. "I want to be there if anyone wants to talk. That being said, let's have a good evening," he says. Translation: suck it up, you crybabies. Brad tells us he doesn't need the drama in his life. Aw. He talks like he's a 15-year-old girl's Facebook status.
Chantal seems dangerously on the chopping block, because of the way she cried, but she explains that it was tough on everyone to see Brad spend so much time with Emily on the group date. "Any time I see a woman cry, I'm going to stop anything I'm doing and try to comfort her," says Brad, who adds that he would have done the exact same thing with any of them. I hate to tell Brad that "I don't have time for the drama in my life" is the opposite of "NO WOMAN NO CRY." But it's not like he actually believes that shit. I think he thinks it's something that makes him sound like a sensitive stud. He also wants Chantal to stop giving him so much shit, by which he means the teasing that up until now he has said he LOVES about her.
So the rest of his night seems to be damage control, with Chantal O, with Alli, with Marissa. There is talk of "walls" and "journey" and "out of the box" and "chemistry." Now he is talking to Britt, which prompts Michelle's worst Lady Macbeth routine yet: she drags Brad into a separate room and closes the door. She sits Brad down in a chair, orders him not to talk, and lays everything out for him.
"I think you need someone who appreciates everything about you, and I don't know if some of the girls here even realize what is right in front of them." She says he wants to keep in mind that she's different from the other women here. "I think you should send some girls home now." By this point, she's punctuating her statements with kisses. See, this is why Brad's keeping Michelle. It's manipulative and transparent, but damned if it's not effective. Guaranteed he's got a boner right now. She leads him out of the room, saying that the next time they spend time together, he'll be allowed to talk.