For Love or Money

Season 1 Episode 6

Season 1 Finale

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jul 07, 2003 on NBC
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Finale Now that Rob knew the ladies had a million-dollar check influencing their "heartfelt" decisions, he had a new perspective on the game of love. He also had the added incentive that if he got the lady he chose to choose him over the million bucks, Rob would win a million dollars. Paige and Erin soon learned that if Rob picked them, they wouldn't automatically receive their million. Up until this point in the game, they had no idea they'd have to choose between Rob or the money. They thought they'd have their hunk and riches too. Paige just kept saying "oh my gosh" over and over. Erin just smiled and said, "interesting." Jordan (he's the host in case you forgot), kept reminding them that it was one or the other. If they chose the money, they'd never see Rob again. If they chose Rob, they could kiss their money goodbye. Once Jordan left, Erin and Paige tried to weasel out of each other what they would pick. Erin thought Paige would always pick Rob, while Paige seemed convinced that Erin would take the cash. Erin had already made her mind up, but refused to tell Paige (wise move, Erin). Paige, on the other hand, boiled it down to this: If she chose the money it would be bad karma. However, if she chose Rob, she'd be letting her family down because they really needed the money. Erin told her to follow her heart and then, nodded yes when Paige asked, "You would take the money, right?" Way to stick to your plan Erin. The next few minutes were Paige asking questions of Erin, then answering them for Erin and Erin either nodding or not doing anything. Later, Rob dropped by for dinner and neither Erin nor Paige gave him a hug hello. During an awkward group dinner, Paige was feeling a little left out as Erin and Rob discussed politics and books. Things got worse when Erin and Rob referred to rock-paper-scissors as "farkling", and Paige had the nerve to say she didn't know what that meant. As the Rob and Erin show progressed, Paige excused herself to go upstairs, convinced that Erin would be Rob's choice. Meanwhile, back in the dining room, Erin started to fall under Rob's spell. Seconds later, Rob and Paige were hugging outside. Paige was trying really hard to figure out the "love or money" thing. Rob, meanwhile, was trying to figure out the same thing. If only they knew! It apparently meant a lot to Rob that Paige had removed her Promise Ring for him (even though she hadn't acted on it). Paige was just making room for another ring… In between gazing lovingly at each other, Rob and Paige smooched. Rob wanted to let Paige know that he cares about her. He said (to camera) that he felt she was most likely out of the two remaining women to pick him over the money. Erin was next up for "Rob time." Rob still wasn't sure if Erin would choose him or the money. Last week, when Erin told Rob that he "grabbed her heart" it made a huge impression on him. They held hands, but Erin was really nervous and wouldn't let it go much further. Eventually, they got into some lip-smacking goodness, but not much. Rob told Erin that he "really liked her so much." Then, they went back inside. Everyone was perplexed. Love. Money. Love. Money. What to do, what to do. The pros and cons were weighed. The potential of each person was contemplated. Over and over and over. Cut to the chase already! Once Rob left the house, Erin made a confession to Paige. She told Paige that she sensed that Rob would choose Paige in the end. Little Paige's head was spinning! Erin told her that she thought Rob was falling in love with her. Was it a cruel manipulation on Erin's part - or did she really believe that Rob would choose Paige after he told Erin that he liked her soooo much? According to Erin, Rob is just really, really attracted to her, but has deeper feelings for Paige. Maybe Erin should start her own psychic hotline since she's all of a sudden so in tune with every else's emotions. Then it was Paige's turn to drop a bombshell. She'd already decided to choose Rob over the money. Family be damned! Time seemed to stand still as Erin and Paige rehashed the love or money debate and tried to guess what Rob was thinking. Then the question became "If Rob proposed, would you say yes?" Paige had no hesitation answering. After all, she'd already ditched the promise ring to make room for a big, fat diamond. Erin, on the other hand, was convinced Rob would never propose to her in the first place. Finally, the day of truth arrived. Rob knew that whomever he chose would have to choose between him and the money. He also knew, and the women didn't, that if Erin or Paige picked Rob over the cash that they would both split the million dollars. Rob would also reveal to Erin and Paige that he knew about the money since before Kelly was eliminated. Rob said he was going to pick the girl that he had the strongest feelings towards and who he could picture himself with in five years. His plan was to pour his heart out to that girl before she made her decision, and hope for the best. Before Paige and Erin met with Rob, Jordan showed up and told them that before they made their decision they would have to tell Rob their secret. Erin was very sweet and motherly to Paige when she started crying after Jordan left. Jordan soon returned to separate Paige and Erin prior to their encounters with Rob. Paige was first. Rob greeted her on the outer terrace with a big hug. Rob recapped his first encounter with Paige and then his second, and then his third, blah blah blah. Ultimately, he told Paige that he was "swept away" by her and felt "unworthy" of her in a way. They both got teary as Rob went on and on about Paige's emotional honesty. After telling her how amazing she is for the umpteenth time, Rob revealed that he wasn't choosing her. He said that the person in front of her wasn't the same person that was there three weeks ago. And looking inside of his "new" self, despite his strong feelings for Paige, he felt he had a better chance with Erin. Paige responded by wishing Rob the best of luck. Wait a minute! Don't they both have to reveal their million dollar secrets?! Paige turned and walked away…hey, come back here! She sulked upstairs and tried to make sense of it all. She was obviously sad and disappointed - and was convinced that Erin would choose the money over Rob. With Erin, Rob opened by telling her that this was one of the most important moments of his life. Once again, he detailed the past few weeks, the dates, the attraction etcetera. Once again, he poured his heart out, explaining that he loved the feeling of being with Erin. He even compared her to his mother (in a good way)! He said he was following his heart, without fear, and that's why he was choosing Erin. She was stunned into silence, then said "Well, you have put me in an interesting predicament" and fought back tears. She proceeded to confess her million dollar secret as Rob watched knowingly. She told Rob she was never motivated by money in her life. Then the other shoe dropped, when she told Rob that only two days ago did she find out she'd have to choose between the money and Rob. Erin said she always felt like Rob wasn't really falling in love with her, he was just sort of infatuated. Also, her parents are in a situation that a million dollars could certainly help out with. She was very honest about her mixed feelings for Rob and her practical thinking about the money. Despite any future regrets or gold digger status, Erin told Rob she was taking the million dollars. Rob was stone-faced through her entire emotional speech. No reaction. Zip. Zero. So Erin just sort of kept talking to fill the awkward silences. Finally he told her that he knew about the million-dollar choice. Rob told Erin that he knew Paige would've chosen him, but he wanted to remain true to his emotions. You could almost hear Erin's heart breaking for him. Then, Rob revealed that had Erin chosen him, they could've split the million. He even produced a check to prove it. I'm pretty sure Erin wanted the ground to open her up and swallow her at that point. They both wished each other well, then Rob handed Erin her million-dollar check and they hugged goodbye. But wait! There's more! The twists just keep on coming…cut to three weeks later. Erin arrived back at the house via limo and Jordan escorted her to the study. He offered her the chance to wager her million dollars for a second chance at love. She would have 15 eligible men to choose from. They would each have the deal that she and the other ladies had: love or money. If she could get the guy to choose her over the money, she would get another million bucks. If the guy chose the money, Erin would lose her current million and the second million! Erin said she hoped that what goes around didn't come around this time, then she tossed her million-dollar check in the fireplace. Let the games begin, again!moreless

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