The Bachelor chooses, yet again, to take Ben and the ladies to another exotic location, Puerto Rico. I like Ben. I liked him last season and despite the continual insistence from commenters that Ben is not attractive, I find him charming. However, ABC clearly thinks we have to jet around the world to make this season interesting. Chris tells the women that they will all get a date this week… too bad Sam blew it last week.
The irony of Courtney wearing this shirt is almost too much.
The date card arrives and Nicki is headed on the first date. Courtney is upset because not only did she not get the date card, it means she’ll have to spend time with Emily. The date card is in Spanish and no one apparently speaks or understands, except for Emily. It’s something about new love and we keep seeing hummingbirds. Nicki spends a lot of time getting ready, but upon closeup, her dress is not flattering and she really should have done her nails.
It rains on the date and they get soaked. Ben had planned an outdoors date, so that’s not going to happen. Ben loves that she’s going with the flow. They decide to buy new clothes, which are, surprisingly more flattering. They happen upon a wedding, as always seems to happen at some point during a season. Ben says he only wants to propose once more in his life, heartbreak reference HB1. At dinner, Ben and Nicki talk about wanting to fall in love and get married and Nicki tells us about how her marriage fell apart. They tried therapy, but they changed so much in three years that the damage was done.
Watching a well-timed wedding.
Back at the hotel, Elyse is complaining about how she has only had one group date and she and Blakely are fighting over who deserves a date. The group date card arrives and the datees are: Lindzi, Courtney, Jennifer, Kacie B, Emily, Casey S, Jamie, and Blakely. Elyse got the date and Blakely is jealous.
Back with Nicki and Ben, Nicki wants Ben to really understand her. She’s afraid it will scare him off, but it doesn’t and he gives her the rose. Nicki is ready for a second chance at love. How many times can she say that?
The group date card says that “diamonds are a girl’s best friend,” which I’m sure most of them did not interpret to mean they would be playing baseball. Emily is disappointed, but Lindzi and Blakely are excited. They do drills and best-kisser Jennifer also proves to be the best hitter. Courtney, not so much. Chris arrives and announces that the ladies will be playing baseball against each other. The winners get a romantic beach date with Ben and the losers, well they lose. One of the women will automatically get an invite and Ben chooses Lindzi for that honor. There are some nasty looks, but the teams are picked and the girls get prepped. In the first inning, the red team, made up of Courtney, Kacie B, Casey S, and Jamie scores 5 runs. Ben then makes an error that costs the red team 3 runs. They tie at the end of the second inning and the girls start to get really competitive. We even hear Kacie B. say “bitches” and the show screeches to a halt. In the end, best kisser/hitter, Jennifer is at bat and strikes out. Blakely accuses the other girls of not wanting it as badly as she did. The blue team sits in the dugout and cries until the bus comes to take them away.
Despite what Tom Hanks and Courtney say, there is definitely crying in baseball.
The red team gets extra time with Ben and a chance at the rose. Blakely’s biological clock is ticking and she’s upset that she hasn’t had very much time with Ben. Everyone wants time with Ben. Ben pulls each of the girls away for one-on-one time and Courtney trashes them individually, even her BFF Casey S.
The blue team gets back and Elyse and Nicki find out about the game. Kacie B really wants the rose and Ben asks her to go for a walk. Either he’s going to give her the rose or he’s just a bastard. Ben gives her the rose and Courtney “does not know what he’s thinking.” This after saying that she knows Kacie is competition. Courtney steals him away and someone calls her a “piece of shit,” but we don’t see who. Courtney suggests a secret rendezvous and she plans to get him skinny-dipping in the ocean. Ben seems intrigued by the idea, but they don’t go for it… at least not yet.
“Hey, why are we towing a sad little dinghy?”
Elyse is feeling a little nervous about her one-on-one date. The card arrives and Courtney can barely stop herself from vomiting as she reads the date card about going somewhere “private.” Ben arrives as the girls lounge on the lawn. Ben points out a yacht and everyone is insanely jealous. There is a little boat in tow… hmm, what’s that for? Ben and Elyse talk about their lives and decide to jump off the boat together, at least twice. She thinks Ben might be the guy to “take the plunge with.” Okay, she doesn’t say that, but you know the producers were hoping she would. Elyse tells Ben she’s sick of being single, but backtracks and says it’s not about that. She “really wants to be here” and she’s had trouble seeing all of these other girls getting dates. She wants to be honest with Ben and asks him for the same. He says he had a really good impression of her, but they’ve had missed connections. Ben was hoping to find something in the date that he just hasn’t. He cannot give her the rose and he’s sorry. She says she doesn’t know what she did wrong and Ben pulls the whole “it’s not you, it’s me.” She is led to a sad little boat (Hey, that’s what that was for!) and she’s gone. Ben tosses the rose into the ocean in defiance.
The girls are stunned when the door opens and a nameless crew member takes Elyse’s bag away. Courtney suggests that she “drank too much and her Jersey Shore came out.” Courtney tells the other girls that she’s pleasantly surprised because she was thinking that maybe Ben was feeling too connected with too many girls. Courtney waits in the stairwell for him and brings wine. He invites her in, although he’s not sure he likes that she’s breaking the rules. She offers him a massage and makes sure he sees that her assets are showing. She again propositions him with drunken skinny-dipping. Ben is thinking that it’s not a good idea, but what the hell. She thinks he deserves to go skinny-dipping with a model. They get naked and run into the ocean together. She’s scared the other girls will hate her forever, but she feels like she’s winning. Again, there is the W word.
As Courtney adjusted, Ben actually said “Oh wow.”
The girls all sit around pre-cocktail party and Ben feels guilty about his rendezvous with Courtney, but doesn’t bring it up. His goal now is “to be open.” Ben gets some time with Jennifer, who is wearing another ugly dress. Where do these bitches shop? Ben says their conversations are easy and they kiss. Blakely and Kacie B. talk about their feelings and Blakely cannot wait to talk to Ben alone. She tells him that every day she writes down something that she likes about him. Now she has realized that she does deserve love, even if they don’t end up together. Ben is really glad she’s come to this realization because her epiphany will make it a lot easier to get rid of her.
Courtney is sadistically enjoying watching him “try to connect” with the other girls and teases the girls with hints about her nocturnal aquatics. Emily tells Ben that she’s refocused on him, but quickly tells him that she STILL stands by what she said before. She really would hate to see him make that mistake while she stood by. Ben tells her, AGAIN, to drop it. Emily really wants a rose tonight, but she keeps shooting herself in the foot.
Rose ceremony! Nicki and Kacie B. have rose #1 and 2. There are seven left. Ben proclaims it’s getting tougher and tougher. Rose #3 goes to Lindzi. Jamie, Rachel, and Courtney are next. Courtney pretends to be surprised, like a beauty queen. Casey S, who has not received a one-on-one date yet, is next, as is Blakely. So will the final rose go to best kisser Jennifer or biggest mouth Emily. He says Emily and I gasp. My husband says “really?” outloud. Jennifer wants him to find happiness and wishes him luck, but cries in the jeep as she’s leaving. Seriously? She doesn’t even get a limo? She wonders what she did wrong, too.
A toast to another trip. How aren’t these bitches jetlagged?
Next week they head to Panama City, Panama where there will be more sexy dates and something really bad happens with Casey S. Several of the girls will apparently pull Ben away and discuss the Courtney situation. Woot! In the outtakes of the show, we watch Ben and Nicki get into a chocolate bath and rub whipped cream on each other. It probably seemed sexier in planning, but really ends up seeming a little silly. No wonder they cut that.
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