Episode 2 (or "The
Coin, The Pills, and the Kiss That Wasn't") - June 14
Last time, Preston Mercer met sixteen lovely lovelies
looking for an adventure in love. The seventeen of them
got more than what they had hoped for, as they found out
that they were playing a new round of "For Love or
Money". This time, the money could be anywhere from one
picture of George Washington to one million of them. And
if Preston can convince the woman to pick love over
money, then he gets the choice: her love... or her
money. Thing is, only Preston knows who's worth what. As
Andrea - $500,000
Jamie - $250,000
PJ - $50,000
Rebekah and Rachel - $1... each.
going to get their hands on John Foy's money? We'll find
out in time, but right now, it's the celebration of the
fittest. And Jordan. Of course, Jordan has something
important to lay on the ladies. He tells the ladies that
Preston knows about the money and furthermore, how much
each lady is worth. So now the ladies aren't to tell him
that they know that he knows. But they still don't know,
you know? Okay, I'm coming down with vertigo here.
hits it on the nose with the thought that Preston is
playing to win their checks, but will she share that
little epiphany? Umm.. yeah? Andrea thinks the ball is
in Preston's court.
morning, and in a twist of zen-like enlightenment, the
ladies start to think that the more they learn, the more
they don't know. So I personally think that the victor
of this game will learn so much that they realize they
know nothing. Then, and only then, will they be able to
snatch the pebble from my hand, got it, Grasshopper?
competition, as Jordan enters again with portraits and
checks. Each lady has a box with two symbols, <3 and $.
Guess what they mean. Jordan will ask each of them to
place <3s next to women whom they think are in it for
love, and do the same for the women whom they think are
in it for money. You cannot choose yourself. Here's how
they stand... I love that I can do charts now.
PJ (not viewed as a
Jamie (viewed as a
surprises? Nope. PJ and Rachel... are going on dates
with Preston. The others are upset, understandably. But
it gets better, as Jordan offers the value of someone's
check. It all comes down, literally, to a coin flip...
and PJ wins the chance to see how much she's playing
for. So now PJ's starting to think "life-altering
decision". Speaking of which, Jordan gives PJ the
opportunity to switch her check with someone else's. She
decides to stay at the $50,000, not wanting to risk
getting one of the two dollar checks. "If you wanna keep
that crappy check, you keep it," Rachel quips. Don't
throw stones, m'lady.
the other four, they go on a group date today. In the
limo, the girls decide on a plan. Andrea stops short of
using the phrase alliance. Preston arrives at a Japanese
garden with umbrellas for the four ladies. Last time
Preston will see the ladies before elimination comes at
tea, so it's really time to gauge, as he wants to work
the big money ladies.
first, as she gets the third degree on what she's here
for. The only thing stopping him from making a move are
three others watching her. Andrea gets a different
reaction, as she is very forward. "I'm very open and
touchy-feely". Are you really? Or is he playing? Jamie
thinks she's playing, because Andrea's not the
back to the house, much to Ali's dismay. She's throwing
in the towel, and Preston is sensing that, hoping for
chemistry and getting none. So we know that love isn't
worth a million dollars... at least for now.
Rachel watch Preston hug all four women coming home:
"Andrea - fake hug. Jamie, surprise, fake hug. Ali -
fake hug. Rebekah - that was a sincere hug." Rachel
plays third degree again, and Andrea's sick of it. "I'm
not your buddy, Rachel. I wasn't before, and I'm
definitely not your buddy now."
morning... DRAMMMMMMMA! Preston is wondering how he
clicked with Rachel so quickly, while Rachel sees
advantage. A bouquet of flowers with the inscription
"Bob and Kay" await. Odd. While they ponder the clue,
they start clicking some more. He's instantly drawn to
her, and Rachel's thinking that his advances equate a
big old check.
out what "Bob and Kay" means as Rachel notes a cake
saying "Happy anniversary Bob & Kay - 62 years." Bob
dances with Rachel while Preston gets a dance from
Kay... and some hints from Bob. "Honesty has to be there
all the time." Preston feels greatly for Rachel, even as
she has a check for $1. She's still thinking "what's my
check worth." Rachel lets him know that she would move
to Denver if she won.
Preston's final notes: "Girls that I make a connection
with just happen to be worth nothing."
Andrea's still wondering "Is this girl still talking?"
date of the show is with PJ, who meets Preston at the
limo. "She's a real natural beauty." Preston and the
natural beauty head over to the Pasadena Civic Center
for a show on a loveseat. We get a ballet show. Preston
feels so spoiled being here with PJ, as he starts to
fall for her. Meanwhile, PJ thinks Preston is just what
the doctor ordered... right before she backs away from
yet another kiss. "It's kinda strange for him to go so
fast so quick." She has to stop and think.
home, dinner turns into a Coupling episode (the good
version), as someone brought libido enhancers to the
party. Quick, someone get the Reality TV Anti-Doping
Agency! Rachel's got foot-in-mouth disease, as she notes
that she's been "deprived" and can't "indulge herself"
in "private time for her needs".
hell breaks loose as is wont to happen with five women
at the dinner table. Rachel, what happens in the bedroom
is between you and... the wall socket.
tries to make peace with Rachel, who is yelling even
though she says otherwise. She shuns Andrea, who leaves,
not wanting to listen to her crap. Rachel's ending quip:
"Regardless of how this ends, these are not my friends."
the frying pan and into the fire, with Preston and PJ
going at it about his advances. This time, it ends in PJ
embracing said advances and being more intimate. Preston
realizes that her intentions might be the purest of them
all. And they just might be, as PJ caps the most
romantic night she's had in a long time.
close to elimination time, as everyone except Rachel is
nervous. PJ thinks that Ali or Rebekah will get the
heave-ho. Andrea hopes that Rachel is eliminated. Rachel
would be thrown off if that were the case. Rebeka just
wishes that there was more time. Onto elimination, as
one woman will learn the value of her check... the hard
way. It won't be Rebekah, Andrea, Rachel (d'oh!), or PJ
(yay!... although she might just be setting herself up
to be the Paige Jones of the series). That leaves Ali
and Jamie. Jamie gets the call down, and after the
shower of praise... she's got to give up the ring. So
maybe Preston's for real here. But then again, Ali's
still in it, the one woman with the million.
will Jamie react when she learns that she's about to
burn a quarter-million? "I came into this to meet a
guy." Wonder who else did? Let's see...
definitely; Ali and Rebekah, maybe.
MONEY: Rachel, definitely. Andrea, maybe.
Preston's take? "The perfect ending would be to fall in
love with one of the women, and she says no to the
money, and she takes me. Sunset behind us, and we kiss,
and credits roll."
credits, and we'll see you next week.