Did Robby and JoJo have the sex?
Banging someone on national television (or, just off it) is no small decision! You have to feel remarkably confident in what you have as a couple. You have to have a rock-solid sense that this person will not harm you or your feelings in any way. And you have to really appreciate his proportions.
All that said, the way they structure this show clearly makes all of these people -- Bachelorettes, Bachelors, guy contestants, girl contestants, everyone -- so goddamn primed and prepared to do the horizontal Electric Slide that it's almost unfathomable. Imagine this: you're dating 25 guys, making out with every single one of them all week every week. Then you build an "emotional foundation" with a handful of them, start to feel feelings, which I maintain, thanks again to the nature of how the show is constructed -- mainly, having an objectively attractive person of the opposite sex be the only thing they're allowed to think of for literally months -- they all think are real feelings.
But you're still only allowed to make out, and maybe caress some thighs. Then they give you some cheap Thai beer and put you in a room and turn the cameras off FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ALMOST THREE MONTHS. Of course you're gonna jump each other -- the tension has been mounting and mounting, which are also words used to describe a part of sex. So the fact that the sex goes down is almost totally natural, or at least unnatural, but heavily engineered to happen. All of this is worth remembering as we get into these breakdowns.
Has Robby told her he loves her?: Over and over and over. This is a must at this point. Some guys stash the love-telling for the end, so as to shoot pure oxygen into those burgeoning passion-flames. Robby told her maybe five weeks ago. And then again. And again. And basically throughout this entire date. And I honestly believe him.
Has JoJo told Robby she loves him?: No, but she tells us viewers who can keep secrets that she does love him, although she has some concerns. Those concerns are never made quite clear, other than that Ben told her the exact same thing, and was clearly lying and picked Lauren, who now surely hates him because Ben is as boring as a property lawyer on quaadludes. JoJo makes it pretty concrete that she's not going to tell anyone she loves them until they're about to get fake-engaged, and she doesn't waver for Robby. But we know the truth. We know she loves him. She told us!
How'd the date go?: Pretty well! It mainly consists of Robby telling her she loves him, and Robby pulling out the ace up his sleeve, which is actually a note down his pants pockets, from his dad. The note reads: "Robby, I can tell you really love JoJo. Do not get down about all the negativity surrounding your past relationship. Stick to your plan and everything will work out. You are the man. I love you. -Dad."
Robby's dad loves him and feels comfortable admitting it. JoJo is visually touched by the note, and her fears seem to melt away like the semi-hardened fudge topping atop a soft-serve ice cream cone on a hot Thailand day.
Physical attraction level: Seems high! Of course Robbby's beard-line is way too tight to be truly trusted, but JoJo doesn't seem to notice or care. But they're all grabby and kissy and have been for weeks and weeks.
The ways Robby might've blown it: The whole ex- girlfriend thing from last episode, and that's probably it. Aside from that, dude is pretty airtight at the moment.
The X-factor: From time to time he's been calling her "Joelle," which proves that he KNOWS HER, MAN, and that she's a real person. Also, I'm pretty sure her family calls her that, which he maybe found out last week. While it's weird to think she considers Robby a member of her family given everything that might presumably go down in El Suite de Fantasy (sorry, I don't know Thai), this is a strong move.
Telltale signs that they had the sex: Robby hangs the Thailand version of the ol' dorm room tube sock on the door after they go into the camera-less bedroom. Also, the next morning, the camera pans to JoJo's shoes on the nightstand. Shoes on nightstands are gross -- that's where you leave your unwrapped Clark Bars so you can eat them in the middle of the night without having to worry about fumbling around and getting them out of the wrapper. Nobody who hasn't had sex would ever allow shoes on a Clark Bar nightstand.
So... did JoJo and Robby have the sex?: Absolutely. Especially when they wake up in the morning, still in bed, and Robby has totally misplaced his shirt. Plus, the amount/nature of the kissing they do as JoJo leaves, and the ecstatic door-lingering Robby does -- where you can just tell he's waiting for her to leave so he can spin around and do all sorts of celebratory ninja kicks -- is definite first post-first-sex stuff. They did it, and they did it real good.