January 23, 2012 08:05 PM by Candace Young
Last week on ABC‘s The Bachelor the drama went through the roof when Shawntel Newton turned up looking for a rose from Ben Flajnik. This week, Ben and the thirteen remaining bachelorettes will be in Park City, Utah, where they will ‘go country‘, and Ben will steal Lindzi’s trick and ride up to meet the girls on a horse…
Chris Harrison gives the girls the first date card – Rachel and Ben will ‘let nature take it’s course’. Kacie, who had the very first one-on-one date with Ben on The Bachelor, is having a tough time not being able to see him alone again. He arrives to pick up Rachel and Kacie sulks as they go off in a helicopter.
Once the helicopter touches down amid the fall foliage, it’s down-to-earth date time. Ben and Rachel take a canoe out on the water and kiss romantically. Unfortunately, it looks like they’re being swarmed by bugs! Back on land, conversation is utterly stilted. I’ve no idea if Rachel is nervous or just lacking in personality, but the best she can do is point out idiotically that Ben is squinting in the sun. He gamely points out a nearby beaver dam but that goes nowhere either…awkward.
By nightfall, things haven’t improved. Rachel’s still making inane comments like, “Great scenery today.” Ben tries with a few conversation starters, but nothing works until they get onto the topic of relationships and then Rachel opens up. Ben feels a better vibe and gives her the rose. For me it was just ‘meh’ – felt too much like work. Rachel and Ben kiss by the fire.
The group date card reads, “Let’s see if you’re a great catch.” Emily is thrilled to hear that self-centered Courtney got stuck on the group date. Meow.
Ben greets the girls for the group date on horseback – he very nearly loses it crossing the river – but hangs on and manages to look like he knows what he’s doing. Lindzi’s impressed. They all saddle up and ride to a creek where they’re going fly fishing for their lunch – yummy!
Courtney figures catching a fish can’t be any harder than catching a man. She’s amused that none of the girls are making a move on Ben, but sits up and takes notice when he shares quality rod and reel time with Kacie. Courtney moves in. Ben takes the bait and is enthralled with Courtney’s so-called natural abilities. Lindzi is about to break it up when Courtney catches a fish. She kisses it and whispers in her baby girl voice about how cute it is. Yeah, okay.
Group date cocktail party highlights include a cute conversation between Casey and Ben, a connection between Nicki and Ben, and Samantha complaining about only getting group dates. Ben is pissed at her attitude and spanks her verbally before sending her on her way – she’s gone. Courtney is pleased with the development.
Ben takes Kacie B to his room and gives her some ‘reassurance’. They return to find a ticked-off Courtney counting the minutes they’ve been away. Ben takes her off for a make-out session and she plays him, saying when he spends time with other girls she loses sight of how she feels about him. Ben gets sucked in hook, line, and sinker, just like the fish. She gets the rose he was going to give Kacie. Courtney turns to the camera, grinning, and singsongs her favorite Charlie Sheen phrase; “Winning.”
Jennifer (the best kisser) snags the final one-on-one date, but quickly wonders what she’s gotten herself into when Ben takes her past a no trespassing sign to rappel down into a crater. She’s clearly terrified, but they work their way down until they’re hanging by just one string and then plunge into the water below. Ben says it’s ‘wonderful’, which is about the sixth or so time he’s described something or someone as ‘wonderful’ in the past hour. Boring Ben’s wonderful world. Zzz.
Back at the resort, Emily is getting ulcers over Ben not knowing how fake Courtney acts around him.
Jen and Ben have a heart-to-heart and she gets the rose. They somehow end up dancing at a Clay Walker concert at a bandshell. Jennifer decides she’s the perfect woman for Ben for the rest of his life. Oh, Jennifer…
Emily takes a plunge of her own and tells Ben that Courtney isn’t what she seems. He takes offense and warns her that to become consumed by this could result in her own demise. Emily returns to the party and gets into it with Casey, who defends Courtney. Casey rats Emily out to Courtney, who bites her lip and says she wants to rip her head off and verbally assault her – or at least shave her eyebrows off. There’s a face-to-face confrontation of sorts between the two, but mostly a lot of chirping to the other girls.
Rachel, Courtney, and Jennifer have roses and are safe. The rest go to Lindzi, Jamie, Nicki, Kacie, Elyse, Blakeley, Casey, and Emily. Way to keep the drama going, Ben. Self-professed ‘Mama Bear’, Monica, is going home. Ben walks her out in the snow and she’s very gracious, but cries in the limo.
Next week Ben and the bachelorettes go to Puerto Rico – should be wonderful.
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