Back at the mates' house, James, Andra and the mates have a backyard barbecue and present James with their gifts.
James and Andra are pulled out of the party by Dani to make the next round of eliminations.
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 $25,000.
Later that night, James made his first round of three eliminations.
He eliminates Chris (gay), Jason (gay) and Brian A (straight). Mate Jason (full name Michael Jason Tiner) was on active duty in the United States Navy when he participated in the program.
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.James and Andra move into their Palm Springs house and meet the mates, who are living together in a separate house.James and Andra spend time with the group at a luau, and James spends some time individually with several of the mates.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).The producers managed to keep a mixture of gay and straight men in the house despite the eliminations by putting the men into "groups" that prevented the contestant from eliminating all of the gay men or all of the straight men.