Rachel and her eight potential cash cows, er, I mean soul mates, were now free to date and scheme without Andrea getting in the way. The remaining guys bonded at the mansion, while still trying to determine what each other's checks were worth. Josh and Mike told each other what they were "worth" – strategy be damned! Jordan gathered the guys downstairs. Alone time with Rachel was the key to getting ahead in the game, Jordan explained. However, he continued, only one of the eight would get an alone date before the next elimination. How much would it be worth? The guys had to bid on the date with money from their check. The bidding started at $25,000, which quickly eliminated the $1 guys (Morgan and David S.). Chris ($250,000) kicked off the bidding and kept it going. He seemed a sure winner when bidding reached $75,000, until Mike threw his hat in for $100,000. Mike's check was also worth $250,000, so he and Chris had a lot to lose. Then Alex ($500,000) jumped in for $125,000. At the last minute, Mike aced him, bidding $150,000 – more than half of his check's value. But Alex wouldn't let it go. Ultimately, Mike and Alex worked it all the way up to $200,000 before Josh ($500,000) upped the ante to $225,000. Mike bid his entire check, $250,000 – but Josh knew Mike's value, and out bid for the win. For $275,000, Josh won the fabulous alone date. And what might that be you ask? Well, Josh would first present Rachel with a 30 carat diamond necklace valued at half a million dollars. A limo would then whisk them away to LA's historic Biltmore Hotel, where they would have the Gold Ballroom all to themselves. Very romantic! Meanwhile, the rest of the guys would suffer on group dates. Mike, Alex and Chris met with Rachel for the first date. Chris and Alex seemed more concerned with nabbing money, than true love. The guys arrived at a private beach under gloomy skies. After a light-hearted volleyball match, the foursome took a break. Alex grabbed Rachel's hand and pulled her aside, which made Rachel a bit uncomfortable. After all, she knows that the guys have money on their minds. Alex definitely poured on the compliments. Rachel seemed fooled by his charms, saying that she needed to keep men around who would want to pick her over the money. Back at the firepit, Chris and Mike had grilled up lunch. Mike and Rachel snuck off to the top of the lifeguard tower to chat. Rachel said in an interview she was definitely attracted to Mike. Mike kept grilling her on her motivations. They both seemed equally attracted to each other and suspicious of each other. If that's not the perfect formula for true love, I don't know what is. We didn't get to see any time between Rachel and Chris, which couldn't have been a good sign. Back at the mansion, things heated up – both in the hot tub and out of it. Mike was still rehashing the bidding war and knew that Josh had sabotaged him because they had told each other their check values. Josh, however, swore on his mother's life (!) that he didn't remember the amount of Mike's check. As someone who has spent a lot of time reminding significant others to pay bills, run errands and/or send their mother a birthday card – I believe him. Mike, however, wasn't buying it. Who cares whether Josh sabotaged Mike? It's a game! My concern was that the hot tub was poorly lit and I couldn't really see the guys without their shirts. That night, it was time for the $275,000 date with Josh. He got gussied up, admitting that at this point he was in it for the money. There was definitely a physical attraction between them during the limo ride into downtown Los Angeles. A string quartet and the opulent Gold Ballroom greeted Josh and Rachel as they sat down to dinner. First Josh presented Rachel with the necklace, placing it around her neck. Rachel was excited about the jewels, but more excited about Josh being so interested in her. Little did she know, it was all part of Josh's master plan. The perfect evening turned perfectly ugly during the limo ride home. What began as some innocent smooching, soon crossed the line as Josh's hand slid further and further down Rachel's backside! Later, Josh said he misread the situation and backed way off. This prompted Rachel to soothe ruffled weathers because after all, he might have a big fat check. The other guys were dying to know how Josh's pricey date went. Josh wasted no time in telling them he and Rachel "kissed a little bit." Mike said the news "stung a little bit" because he wanted that date and that kiss. Surprisingly, the other guys were upset by the "kiss card" as well. The next day, Rachel arrived at the house to meet privately with Jordan. He told her she could learn the value of one man's check before the elimination ceremony. She took her time deciding which guy to choose. Finally, she chose Mike because she was really attracted to him and wanted to know his motivation. She learned his value was $250,000. Before the elimination, Rachel said in an interview that she wanted to pick guys she had chemistry with, but also guys who could potentially choose her over money. Later, under a starlit sky, She called Morgan down first and said his skepticism scared her, but that she wanted him to stay. Rudy was next and Rachel told him she really was hoping to see more of his sense of humor. Then she asked for the ring back! David S. beamed as Rachel gushed over him and asked him to stay. She told Chris he had a "great energy" about him and asked him to stay. She still had to eliminate two men. Rachel told Alex he was assertive and that she liked that. However, he seemed like more of a buddy or friend versus "the one." He was out! After Rachel told Mike she wanted him to stay, he said he would love to explore everything with her and thanked her. It was kind of cute! It was down to Caleb and Josh and one of them would be leaving. Rachel sensed that Caleb was either nervous or shy, but she wanted him to open up more – so she asked him to stay. Josh was out?! All of the other guys were stunned. Jaws dropped. Mr. $275,000 Date was OUT! Rachel told him that things just moved too fast too soon in that fateful limo ride. Later Josh said that the biggest disappointment was the way he misread the situation on their date. Would any of the final five choose Rachel over money? Would she find a true love connection in the bunch? Rachel thinks she has great options for both love AND money.moreless
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