If James' final choice from among the mates was gay, James and the mate would win a cash prize and a trip for two to New Zealand provided by Alyson Adventures of Key West, Florida, which specializes in gay and lesbian small group tours throughout the world.If James chose a straight mate, James would win nothing and the mate would win ,000.The "controversial" twist was that some of the housemates were gay, while others were straight.

At the next elimination round, the remaining nine mates are divided into three groups of three with James eliminating one from each group.

Andra is given "veto power," allowing her to overrule one of James' choices and keep the eliminated mate in the house.

Wes and James take a limousine ride to a "lookout point," followed by a ride in a horse-drawn carriage and a back yard candlelight dinner (at which several dozen of the candle flames merge, explode and set a table on fire).

All three of the remaining mates remain; there is no elimination.

Andra has breakfast with the three remaining mates while James absorbs the twist. James changes his game strategy from trying to choose someone to date to avoiding choosing the straight man. Franklin and James go to a spa for massages and dinner.

Brian and James take an early-morning balloon ride and have breakfast at a resort.After dinner, a pair of strippers arrive at the mates' house and each of the mates end up giving James a lap dance.The next day brings the next round of eliminations.He advised his commanding officer of his sexual orientation before the show aired and was discharged under Don't ask, don't tell. The first group of six goes with James on a group date to a ghost town, where they have country-western dance lessons.The next day, the second group of six mates go on a group date with James, rock climbing, while the first group go on a shopping trip with Andra to buy James a gift (apparently the second group had gone shopping during the dance lesson date, but this was not shown).James and Andra move into their Palm Springs house and meet the mates, who are living together in a separate house.