Ashley’s permissiveness may have been due to the fact that she wants him to help her babysit James out on the dude ranch for an afternoon to introduce him to sunshine and fresh air rather than the stale fumes of a nightclub at the 2:00 a.m. sidewalk sale. He agrees but the attempt has no discernible effect. James shows no apparent appreciation that his friends are looking out for him and boasts in a confessional interview that he’s brought along his flask. He also pokes mean-spirited fun at Ashley, James and cohort Brayden, who is a scream and whose flouncing affectations enliven each episode for a moment or two.
Afterwards, Ashley “volun-tells” the boys—a combination of “telling” them they have been “volunteered” for something, which is kind of clever—that they will be required to participate in a bachelor auction to raise needed funds for a new charity called Compassion 54 that assists with HIV/AIDS outreach in Africa. Levi rolls with it; James rolls his eyes. While Levi offers to take a buyer for an afternoon of riding—presumably he meant horses, but with Levi you never know¬—James notes the only skill he has is getting hammered. No one disagrees.
Ashley meets with the four guys who founded Compassion 54. They’re all handsome and easygoing and also a bit taken aback, it appears, by Ashley’s passive-aggressive charms as well as the cameras accompanying her. The nonprofit is operating on a shoestring budget and doesn’t have the resources to stage Ashley’s elaborate bachelor auction. They suggest something more manageable, like speed dating. To her credit, Ashley doesn’t whine and enthusiastically backs the idea. It should be easy to shoehorn her gay posse and all of their pals and cohorts into attending, right? Wrong.
The speed-dating event arrives and the Compassion 54 guys are crushed when virtually no one attends. Phillip and Levi are nowhere to be found. Chase has brought along a few acquaintances, but when a frustrated Ashley asks about the whereabouts of his boyfriend-lover-whatever, Chase is defensive and pissy with her.
Elsewhere, James is already pounding down the hooch. Taylor the Terrible is also present, twirling his imaginary mustache and plotting revenge. His every appearance should be accompanied by some kind of telenovela melodramatic flourish on the soundtrack. He and James and Chase sulk and whine—a bored Chase also makes out with another hunky speed-dater—and lob passive-aggressive insults at each other.