Sean seems to be trying to help out both teams, and the score stays really close for most of the game. The background music changes from 60s beach-rock to operatic strings and horns as the game gets more tense, and the ladies feel the stakes get higher. Aaaaaand the blue team wins! The LOSER red team melts into a hot mess of tears and regret. You would think their dog died. I mean, I’m competitive, and yeah, dude is hot, but it’s beach volleyball. And you lost. And you’re crying over a guy that’s dating 15 other women at the same time as you.
“But what if he never gets to understand how truly special I am? I’m a snowflake!”
At the after-party, Sean sits down with Lindsay, and it “means the world to her” that she won that time with Sean. Good God. She gives him all the cliched crap he wants to hear; she’s looking for her best friend, he amazes her, yada yada. He eats it right up. How can he amaze her when they really don’t know each other? When they’ve probably spent about ten minutes total together? Wouldn’t it be better to say something along the lines of “I really like what I’ve seen of you so far, and I look forward to getting to know you better?” He loves this side of her. What side? The side that gives you empty compliments? They make out. Things look good for Lindsay.
Next up for SeanTime™ is Desiree, who feels like she’s extra-special because she already had a one-on-one date with Sean last week, and she tells us that she deserves it! He compliments her bikini from earlier, and her volleyball skillz. He also likes her confidence, which, thank you, Sean, because that is an actual specific character trait for you to admire in a person, and not an empty platitude.
At the house, ThatBitchTierra reads out the next date card to the remaining bachelorettes. It is addressed to AshLee (who spells her name wrong by the way) and Selma. But wait! Wasn’t this supposed to be a one-on-one date? Don’t worry, Tierra was just playing! And Tierra is laughing so hard at her own joke! The card is really just addressed to AshLee, but after that little prank of hers, the girls have definitely now identified ThatBitchTierra as a big target of scorn in the house. Anyway, the card asks AshLee, “Do you believe in magic?”
Desiree asks Amanda (AKA Crazy from last week who sat on the sofa immobilized as though she was a resting robot until Sean walked into the room and she suddenly reanimated) what she’s going to do to get the rose on the group date, and Amanda replies “whatever I have to.” As she sits down for SeanTime™, she tells Sean that she knows what he’s looking for in a woman, and she’s sitting right next to him. Eyeroll. He thinks she’s kidding, and laughs, and tells her that she has a “genuine heart.” She tells him that if he marries her, she’ll bring a light, fun atmosphere to their life. Desiree, overhearing this conversation, gossips to the other ladies about Amanda’s different attitude with Sean vs the rest of the world, and her true intentions. Oh no! Not being there for the Right Reasons is a serious accusation, Desiree.