And now it's time for Ashley "Don't ask me, I'm just a girl!" S. to join Harrison in the so-called "hot seat," although not liking Ashley S. is a little bit like not liking a puppy. I can't make out a single word of what her squeaky voice is saying, but my dog is going absolutely insane. Harrison asks her why she thinks it is that all her relationships end up the same, i.e. being dumped on national television? And then she talks about guys always liking her at the beginning and then winding up cheating on her, and then she whines about the double-Ashley date where she was dumped in favour of her "best friend in the house," and I don't see how Harrison can keep calling this seat "the hot seat" if he's going to ask inane softball questions like "Do you deserve happiness?" Ashley says a bunch of things that prompt applause from the audience, who like their emotions expressed in trite, wall-hanging-ready chunks.
After another commercial break, Ashley H. comes up to join Harrison, and they reminisce about how things started out great but "completely came apart" in South Africa. We watch the montage that manages to somehow be even more boring than when we watched it unfold in past episodes. And then we watch this pathetic conversation where she blames herself entirely for things not working out with Brad, and she tries to pretend she subconsciously sabotaged it or whatever. I don't know. I might have dozed off. Ashley is one of those women who get dumped but then convince themselves they wanted it to happen, because it's all about "owning it" or whatever is the phrase favoured by whatever self-improvement book she's reading to get over it. Despite her attempts to remain positive, Harrison seems determined to make her cry by pointing out that no two ways about it, she was in love. And then I think Harrison is hitting on her because she changed her hair colour, which she says is her natural colour, "I feel like a changed woman. I really, really do," she says, in this weird Southern accent that made me wonder if she was suddenly possessed by some kind of demon.