With Emily coming on next Monday, it makes we wonder if Brad had chosen someone else, would they have broken up by now? He obviously felt the strongest about Emily, but she came with the complication of a daughter and an establised life in another state. Soooo, if he'd chosen someone who was able to move to Texas right off the bat, (Chantal?) would they have a better chance of succeeding? It seems to me the couples that most are likely to make it - or at least have a chance at a real relationship, get together soon and have a "real life" together. That gives them time to work out issues that could festerif you're together less.
Ashley and Ben are on separate coasts and would be apart at least until she finishes clinicals or whatever she needs to complete her schooling. JP is in NY which is considerably closer so they could get together more frequently. I know the heart wants what the heart wants, but speaking practically, I hope Ashley ends up with someone with whom she has a reasonable chance of the relationship making it.