February 25, 2013 08:25 PM by Candace Young
Last time on The Bachelor, Sean Lowe sent home a woman who seemed perfect for him right from their first one-one-one date. Desiree Hartsock’s hometown date turned bizarre when her brother went off on Sean, and that spelled the end for Des. Tonight in Thailand, Sean will issue invitations to the fantasy suite, and then must make another heavy decision…
Sean hits Thailand enthusing about his three great girls – all of whom he has strong feelings for. No apparent frontrunner this close to the end of The Bachelor journey? Skeery! Going into the overnights, he claims to have a different type of connection with each woman, and no clear idea who might be his potential wife.
Sean and Lindsay are driven in a little pink motorcycle cart to a market where they encounter brightly-colored baby birds for sale – unexpected! Sean likes to challenge his women and today is no exception – he wants poor Lindsay to eat a bug. She does it, but looks like she’s going to vomit and cry simultaneously. Sean this isn’t Fear Factor! Ugh!!
They take some quiet time to discuss how compatible they are and Sean tells her she’s the best friend he’s been looking for – this is either fantastic or not good at all at this point. They play with monkeys on the beach and then share a sexy sunset swim – coolest date!
That night, they take in some gorgeous lit-up floats and Sean talks about everything they tried that day – wonder if Lindsay’s thinking, “Bugs!” They talk about her moving to Dallas and getting started on their life together like it’s a done deal, but Lindsay still chokes when it comes to saying she loves him. She’s busily talking around it when they’re interrupted by traditional dancers and music.
After, she accepts an invite to the fantasy suite. When Sean again makes it sound like a done deal that they will end up together, she finally gets out ‘I love you’, and that’s all folks – they’re off behind closed doors.
AshLee has told Sean numerous times how much she loves him and can’t get to him fast enough. She’s totally into him – and totally vulnerable. Sean’s challenge for AshLee is that they have to swim through a deep, dark cave to get to their private beach. It’s all about trust of course, because as we hear for the bazillionth time, AshLee has fears of abandonment. They go in and eventually find the light at the end of the tunnel. Kissing ensues.
The private beach is exotic and just gorgeous. It rains lightly on them as they make-out in the water. Sigh.
Going into dinner, AshLee is head over heels in love and ready to be engaged – maybe it’s the edits, but she seems more than a little intense at times. Their interaction over dinner seems more low-key, and definitely less passionate, than his was with Lindsay. He gives her the overnight invite and lets her know he wants to talk without distractions.
In the suite, things are pretty sedate. AshLee decides to tell him what kind of engagement ring she wants and her ring size! Could she be counting her brightly-colored chickens before they hatch?
Sean and Catherine go on a pirate ship deal and stand on the front like the infamous Titanic scene. He loves her weirdness and best friend potential, but has concerns about her readiness to settle down. She reassures him on that point, and though she sounds far from convincing, he appears quite content with what she has to say. They snorkel and a storm blows in. They kiss on the ship in the pouring rain – it’s like a movie scene – or the cover of a Harlequin novel.
Sean goes into dinner feeling like he and Catherine ‘get’ each other better than anyone else. He asks the proverbial, ‘Where do you see us in five years’ question. Catherine comes across a little immature when she replies that there would probably be a ‘kid’ and remarks that it’s all a lot of pressure for her. They discuss the fantasy suite – she admits it was something she knew she didn’t want to do coming in to The Bachelor, but says she realizes now that it’s just about spending time together. She accepts the invite.
At the suite, they have an odd conversation about body image – Catherine perceives him as a hunk, but admits she’s felt chubby in the past. Sean assures her she’s smokin’ hot and they make-out in a pool under the stars.
Sean meets with Chris Harrison to chat. He knows who he is going to say goodbye to – someone he has strong feelings for, and who cares about him, but his relationships with the other two are just stronger.
They talk about this being the point in time at which Emily Maynard sent Sean home. He recalls being blind-sided and knows the woman he sends home will feel the same.
Sean beams as he tells Chris that he’s in love and believes he’ll get down on one knee at the end of this.
The three women have left Sean private videos, and he watches them now. Their distinctive personalities come out in the clips, and AshLee gets teary again and goes on about not being able to imagine spending one day without him. Makes one wonder if she will, or already has, scared him off with her over-the-top emotions.
Going into the rose ceremony, the only one I feel certain will be staying is Lindsay. Catherine comes across a tad ‘young’ and perhaps not as ready as she could be for marriage and children and AshLee seems emotional to the point of it being a liability.
Sean says he feels he has to send home the woman he’s decided on today – and he’s worried she won’t be okay after. Signs pointing to it possibly being AshLee…
He offers the first rose to Lindsay…and the second rose to Catherine.
AshLee storms past Sean and out toward the waiting vehicle with a murderous look on her face – she’s having none of his polite ‘walking her out’. He catches up and asks to explain himself. He chokes out that he thought it was her from the beginning and remarks that it was intense (ahem, too intense perhaps on her side of things). Sean looks downright ill. The air is positively fraught with tension. I briefly feel a little concern for Sean’s manly bits, but after a stare-down, AshLee just gets in the vehicle without a word. Once she’s gone, Sean sits by a fountain with his head hung…
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