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With Joe finally out of the picture, how could Bachelor in Paradise Season 2 Episode 10 ever fill the vacuum left by the franchise’s favorite villain?

Ashley Iaconetti. Enough said.

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Picking up in the wake of Samantha blindsiding Joe to end Sunday’s installment, Bachelor in Paradise Season 2 Episode 10 hit the ground running.

Despite Carly’s attempts to hook Chelsie up with Dan (in the hopes of ousting Samantha in diabolical, romantic fashion), Chelsie took Nick on a date.

Ashley Salter? Not too happy about this.

Then Mckenzie (from Chris Soules’ season of The Bachelor) arrived and got caught up on all the Paradise couples thanks to Ashley Iaconetti.

The not-yet-pregnant Ashley Iaconetti.

Ashley, natch, claimed that she and Jared were together, so her journalistic integrity is suspect at best, but her instincts weren’t far off, at least.

At the suggestion of Ashley, McKenzie and Justin bonded over their kiddos and went on a romantic date. Romantic and very naked and spiritual.

It was one of the weirder dates in history, involving a mud bath and someone who may or may not be a priest conducting some sort of ceremony.

But hey, lots of touching involved.

Cheslie and Nick had fun on their date, too, but a love connection? Another story. And that’s when Jacqueline arrived to further shake things up.

She made it clear that she does not give AF about hurting anyone’s feelings or jeopardizing current "relationships," setting her sights on Jared.

"She doesn’t care who’s with who," Juelia said.

"She’s just here to do whatever she wants."

Seeing this b-tch waltz in and make a play for her man who’s not really her man made Ashley I. realize the gloves had to come off. And HARD.

"I’m not going to let her take Jared from me!" she vowed, without any melodrama at all. "I’m winning him over. Tonight is literally do or die."

So literally … they f–k or she dies?

It sure sounded like she believed this. "I want an overnight date with Jared because there is just no more time," Ash explained to Chris Harrison.

He obliged, and just as Jacqueline was asking Jared out, Ashley stormed in and gave him the aforementioned date card … which he accepted!

"This is one of the biggest nights of my life!" Ashley said. "I am physically attracted to Jared enough that I am fine with the thought of doing anything."

Jacqueline was nonplussed.

"No guy this age wants to take somebody’s virginity still," she said, and while Jared wasn’t asked about this specific topic, all we can do is stay tuned.

You may need to watch Bachelor in Paradise online to truly appreciate the nonsense that is ABC’s guilty pleasure. We really cannot do it justice.