I suspect it's face-saving, but then again, I can't see this shallow, self-centered guy actually meaning it. We'll probably get to see the "performance" again, though, if he was able to "propose" before when what he really meant was "Let's date!"
but if he really felt that way, to get down on one knee and actually say the words, "Will you marry me?" is so wrong.
I'm assuming he'll choose Courtney and he'll know that he'll catch Hell for anything less than a big, formal official proposal to her.
But, after finally seeing all of the last episode (so loong!), I don't think she deserves any better. I was on the fence before, but I don't think she feels anything at all for Ben. I think the girls were right--and Ben was warned several times, so he only has himself to blame for subsequent humiliation. It's his own stupidity and ego that let him fall for it.
As for Courtney, I do think she's faking feelings for Ben because her personality (such as it is) is so different in the house and to the camera than with Ben, where she -constantly- seems to be playing a part ("sweet little girl, including the fake vocal inflections, but then ...wow, sexy!")
With Trista, she did vocal things that some people found annoying because she was trying to be cute with a man she really liked. Courtney just seems to always be performing--and she can do it, without ever having a natural reaction or moment--because she just doesn't care about him at all. JMO, but last night's show just seemed so obvious at how unnatural she was.
It was kind of pathetic when Chris asked, "Do you want me to put KCB back in the line-up?" And got the same answer, "I know I led her on, but really, I don't care if I never seen her again."
Eh, she's so much better off with adorable Ryan. I hope that really clicks.