As you said ... Emily is the smart one. I believe I saw the same interview and she certainly is smart and articulate. I really like her and enjoyed how she cordially "equalized" with the female reporter.
I am beginning to think that the one person who actually "read" Ben correctly is Courtney. Also, these women all put themselves forward with Ben trying to "win his heart". The attitude is they are showing him why he should choose them. Courtney not so much. She really was easy and laid back with him. She presented herself to him as confident and as having already won and knew it. With the women she called her interaction with Ben a "relationship" right from the start and put herself up as the one to beat both with the women and with Ben. It seems she also made him think that she had fewer expectations of him.
In any case on Kelly today Kelly and Nick Lachey were talking about watching last night's show and Nick said something like "I was wondering why all these beautiful girls were fighting over this 'chucklehead'" Yep, Nick. Me too.