Sean tells her that they were supposed to have the park all to themselves, but that felt selfish to him, so he invited other people. You can see what’s going through her mind: “ThatBitchTierra better not be coming.” Don’t despair, AL: yes, there will be two other girls, but not of the manhunting variety. Of the chronically ill teenage variety. The two girls joining them are online best friends (Emily and Brianna) who both have mitochondrial disease, and they have never met each other. AL tells us that this shows how good a person Sean is, and it “thrills my heart.” Gag. Brianna shows up first, unaware that Emily is coming too. Emily arrives and it’s sweet – they really are happy to see each other. It’s so nice to see people on this show who love each other even though they actually know each other. Everyone rides all the rides, and then Sean and AL spy on the girls having a personal conversation, and that’s a little creepy.
The four head in to a private concert by the Eli Young Band, who Sean claims is his favorite. AL chokes up telling us about how great it was to see the two girls so happy. We’re even treated to a montage of good times at Six Flags while the band plays and Ashley tells us how blessed she is. What bugs me about AL (and I put this in the comments in the MiniCap) is that she strikes me as the type I would have to block from my Facebook news feed if I was friends with her, because she would be the one hitting “share” for every misspelled semi-inspirational quote or Bible verse.
99% of people on Facebook won’t do this, but please be strong and take a stand against Mitochondrial Disease by hitting “Share!”
Anyway, the kids get sent home, and AL and Sean debrief. She decides to accomplish her goal of telling him what she’s been through, what with her adoption and everything. She tells Sean that “I definitely want as many children as me and my husband decide,” which is SO nonspecific. You’re not even saying with that statement if you want children at all. Have an opinion about something, AL. For God’s sake. The conversation about her adoption is frustrating to watch, because she opens it up by asking how he feels about it, and he confirms that he wouldn’t mind adopting a kid. She tells him that she was adopted at six, and before she was adopted, she was abused by a foster family, and asks “isn’t that crazy?” as though she’s talking about Derek Jeter’s batting average. She’s so determined to have this particular thing set her apart, and she’s not sharing this with Sean so that they’re closer or to get a gauge on his character, but so that she plays the game the right way, and that makes her no different than your Tierras or Amandas. It’s disingenuous. But Sean falls for it. She further tells a very-rehearsed story about meeting her dad for the first time. Sean gets all red-faced and weepy. So he gives her the rose and they make out. She tells us that she’s falling in love with him. No comment. The Eli Young Band sings a little more while they dance. Let’s be honest. Between the charity work and the pre-arranged serenade by the Eli Young Band, she would have had to call one of the teens by a derogatory term or something to not get the rose on this date.