Episode 3 (or "A
Bitter Pill to Swallow") - June 14
Well, we cut it down to five, as we bid Jamie into
that cold dark night called... the after-reality. Right
now, it's up to these five...
Andrea - $500,000
PJ - $50,000
Rebekah and Rachel - $1... each.
win over our hero's heart... or pants... or something.
Morning dawns again, quiet reigns, and Jordan suddenly
appears. "Go away!" Why? He's cool! Good news, you MAY
have some quality time this episode with Preston. Bad
news, that ugly three-letter word in that last sentence.
How will this work? Preston will show up to take lady #1
on date #1. If he wants more, he'll ask lady #1 to stay
for date #2. Otherwise, lady #2 steps in. Continue until
we reach the 39-minute mark. "Preston will be arriving
more Jordan Murphys in the world, I swear. So we have
the mad makeup and shaving scrambles. Rachel starts to
fall for this guy... until the moment when things go
south. Then, she's in it for the simolean she doesn't
Preston takes Andrea, much to the chagrin of Rachel...
and PJ. Then again, Preston hasn't really taken Andrea
out anywhere, but he's looking forward to her "comfiness".
And her nice abs. Yes, very nice.
stop: Moonlight Rollerway. Old-fashioned roller rinking.
Complete with disco music in the background. While
Andrea's charmed into playfulness, in the back of her
mind is the money. He falls for her charms, she falls
for his charms, and both of their lips fall into each
other. But don't think for a moment that Preston hasn't
picked up on the fact that the $500,000 just happens to
be the most flirtatious.
would that play? Noon: Exit Andrea, enter... Ali. She of
the sole million-dollar check. She of the hope that she
would either take the date or throw in the towel. She of
the next date. She of the kicking legs. Not to sound
like a kid or anything, but her legs + Andrea's body +
PJ's lips = me melting.
feels like there's something that she doesn't know.
Preston knows, but he wants to see if there is a
compatibility factor as well. They pull into a silent
movie theatre, and... well, let's just say the
description is quite apt, as there is NOTHING to their
conversation. Today's movie: "Growing Up Ali". She
explains the stills. And Preston's still not buying it.
He's ready to go home now. And I would be too at this
point. She's high risk, but she's also high reward.
the house, Andrea holds back details about the date,
while Rachel's just grinning and bearing it. PJ thinks
that Andrea knows she's not Preston's type, and that
she's here for the money. Wouldn't surprise me.
way home, Ali thinks that she's made a connection.
Preston thinks that he'd like to take her money and put
it into someone else. "But I can't do that, which
he's true to form, then PJ's next. Hell, I'd take PJ on
all four. Anywho, Preston goes with MY gut and sweeps PJ
onto the next date, leaving Rachel to pretty much put
any semblance of an iota of an inkling of a date out of
feet below and incline, PJ and Preston head into a tent
for a Turkish delight (rimshot). Actually, it's a picnic
with an Arabian theme. PJ thinks he's here for both. But
that doesn't stop him from spending some quality (and I
do mean quality) time with PJ in a golden cushion. She
thinks more and more that he's in it for love. Preston's
just disappointed that she's only worth $50,000, but
he's pleased that he can see a future with her.
Meanwhile, Rachel's fingering her food, while Rebekah is
finding her annoying. As is the rest of America. Andrea
thinks that negativity breeds negativity, and that
Rachel's endless bitching is causing the others to
become a bit bitter.
Meanwhile Preston gives PJ a kiss. Keep in mind that
this is only 30 feet below the house, and the other
girls might see. So PJ is remaining hush about it.
Final date. Preston and PJ head 30 feet back up to meet
Rachel and Rebekah. I'd keep PJ longer or take Rebekah.
"And Rachel... (commercial break) ... we will do it some
other time." Rebekah piles into the limo. And Rachel is
ready to call it a game. "I'm not having fun anymore."
Meanwhile, Rebekah and Preston are AMPED! Seriously,
they have a lot of energy to expend. And understandably
so, because the fact that she's only worth one dollar
has zero bearing on the way he feels. "I don't take life
very seriously." Good philosophy. One I take to heart.
dinner on a penthouse tonight, as Preston talks of
saving the best for last. Rebekah thinks he's a very
nice guy, but at the same time, he doesn't know what his
motives are. Then, because we've gone two and a half
episodes without one, a hot tub. "She has a smokin'
physique. Her body was ridiculous."
speaking of ridiculous, here's Rachel again. "I'm not
good with knowing that I'm not the only one." PJ thinks
that Rachel's trying to laugh it off. PJ notes that
right now, Rebekah is in a hot tub with Preston.
Basically, she sums up relationship series key to
victory #34: If you have an opportunity to get some time
alone, and there's a hot tub involved, take it. Exhibit
A, Rebekah and Preston kissing... a lot. Rebekah thinks
of herself as a candidate to be played, as she doesn't
know whether Preston's attracted to her (I'd be) or her
check. "She'd seem like someone who would be a great
wife." That answer your question, America?
sum up: "Amazing, amazing, amazing. He is not what I
expected at all. And if he's playing me, I'm going to
kill him." Isn't she cute when she threatens to kill
(39 minutes... what did I tell you?), breakfast with the
story of Ali's date... as told by Rachel. Everyone else
wisely shuts their mouths. Rachel, getting more and more
irritated, leaves for a spell... until she hears that
Rebekah doesn't even notice her body. "Hold the line!"
And hold the Absolut, apparently.
comes the chime of doom, meaning that elimination is
looming near. It also means that Jordan has... well,
something. Remember the setup in the event room of FLOM2
where one person had the opportunity to leave the game
with a bribe by dropping their ring on a pillow? Similar
setup, BUT this time, the value of your check is up for
bids. As PJ already knows the value of her check, she's
sitting out. "This valuable information will cost you 50
percent of your check." Meaning that for Ali, she could
go to half a mill, Andrea could go to a quarter-mill,
and Rebekah or Rachel could go ... to fifty cents.
is the offer on the table... and someone jumps at it...
after lengthy inner monologue. Jordan tells the ladies
that he would've gone as low as a 20 percent cut, but
nevertheless, Andrea will now know what Preston knows.
She knows that her check WAS worth $500,000. Now, only
$250,000. Although she now realizes what she is playing
for, she's still playing, and so is Rachel, repeating
those three words over and over again... five, hundred,
meets Preston in the drawing room, where he gives him
the DL on the offer. "All my trust basically went out
the window. If money never was an issue, she never
would've dropped the ring."
that have a bearing on tonight's elimination?
Turns out that a boring movie is more damning than a
$250,000 ring drop. Ali, the sole woman with a million
dollar check, is going home. But then again, since this
is FLOM, that can change.
Predictions from yours truly don't change any.
MONEY: Rachel and Andrea.
tears up her million-dollar check before incinerating
it. Yeah, drive the point home, why don't you? As for
Preston, "I feel pretty confident that my future wife is
one of these four women."
Methinks that Mr. Mercer may be for real here. And so is
Rachel's who says she's in it for money.
me while I laugh my ass off now. Next week, it's good
versus evil. Literally.