Why’s that? Because there was basically an elimination every half hour and the girls were dropping like flies. Let’s begin.
Olivia Makes It Through the Rose Ceremony and the Girls Are Pissed
The episode picked up right where left off last week, with Ben Higgins pulling Olivia aside to talk right before the rose ceremony after some of the other women raised their concerns about her to him. While Olivia already had a rose and was “safe” that week, the other girls seemed convinced that Ben would be taking it away and sending her home.
As we predicted, Olivia didn’t go down without a fight – instead, she did what she does best and talked about herself.
“I feel like it’s been hard for me to relate. Everybody here is really into like, painting their nails and doing each other’s hair, and that’s great but I’m just different. I like reading books in my room, and, you know, thinking, and that’s what I do and I want to talk smart things,” – Yes, that was “talk smart things.”
Somehow, by some sorcery, Olivia’s tears worked and the two made their way back over to the group to begin the rose ceremony.
The rest of the women were shocked to see her return, and Ben ended up sending Jennifer home. The two shared a rather awkward goodbye, and then Ben announced to the remaining nine women that they would be flying to the Bahamas.
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One-on-One with Caila
At this point, all of the remaining women had either had a one-on-one date with Ben or, in the case of Olivia, significant alone time – except for Leah, whom we hadn’t seen or heard too much of yet. (This was about to change in a big way.) As a result, when the one-on-one date card arrived, it was generally expected that it would be going to Leah – but in a dramatic turn of events, it went to Caila.
Rather understandably, Leah got emotional and upset, wondering why Ben was even keeping her around if he was choosing to take Caila out for a second time before she’d even gotten a chance – but as Ben explained it, he had some “unfinished business” with Caila.
After a day of deep-sea fishing, Ben and Caila sat down for the evening portion of their date, and that was when things got weird.
Ben basically asked Caila if there was any depth below all that smiley bubbliness of hers because he’s “looking for someone to cry with.” (Because real men cry, okay? And yes, he talked about “layers” again – Ben loves layers.)
In response, Caila gave a series of very strange answers with very long pauses like: “For me, right now, I feel like I love you … but I don’t know why I can’t … share. Maybe it’s just that I’m not ready,” and the crown jewel: “I feel like my greatest fear is that I can’t totally completely fall in love with somebody. And part of me is afraid because your greatest fear is being unlovable, and my greatest fear might be breaking your heart. It doesn’t feel right. It feels like I’m going to hurt you.”
“I know that I’m falling in love because I feel like I’m being understood,” Caila continued (which was funny, because Ben had never looked more confused). “I want to feel understood. And I feel like I understand you in a deeper way. Just in who you are as a person. I feel like you want other people to be loved. And that resonates with me, and that’s what I’m looking for in life. I feel like I want you in my life and I feel happy,” – Does anybody talk like this in real life? This was like Pinterest quotes gone wrong.
Ben ended up giving Caila the rose, saying that he feels like he’s finally getting to know the real her and if anything, he finds her even more attractive because she’s confusing. (Not even going to try and make sense of that one.)
A Group Date Gone Very, Very Wrong
Though Leah had originally questioned whether or not she should even go on the group date, she decided to go because she wanted answers from Ben, and the group made their way to a famous uninhabited island in the Bahamas that is home to an adorable family of swimming pigs.
From the squealing pigs to the squealing girls, the glorious pig feeding has got to be one of the best Bachelor scenes of all time.
After the excitement died down, though, things got awkward as there wasn’t really a private place on the beach to get alone time with Ben and the women all started to feel that he was “obsessing over Lauren B. the whole time.”
Even Ben felt awkward, and things got even worse when Leah started crying to him about the fact that she wasn’t invited on the one-on-one. After a stilted conversation, Ben basically asked her to make the most of the day and that was that.
By the evening portion of the date, the awkwardness was still lingering, with Becca even admitting to Ben that the girls had all noticed his obvious connection with Lauren B. and didn’t know how to handle it.
Meanwhile, Leah, sensing that Lauren B. felt confident, decided to take matters into her own hands and pulled a complete villain move out of nowhere, taking Ben aside and essentially throwing Lauren B. under the bus by claiming that the person Ben “has the strongest connection with” (which, duh, was Lauren B.) was actually a very different person when she wasn’t around Ben and Leah didn’t think they were right for each other.
Lauren B. then walked in to interrupt their conversation at that very moment, and Ben, obviously rattled by Leah’s comments, brought it up to her without telling her that it was Leah who made the remarks. Lauren B., taken aback and unsure how to respond, told him she was being genuine and couldn’t understand why someone would say that about her.
Lauren B. then returned to the rest of the women, and breaking down in tears, recounted what had just happened. The tension in the room was obvious as Leah immediately jumped to defend herself, saying she hadn’t named names during her conversation with Ben. (Which was a lie.)
At the end of the group date, Ben gave the rose to Amanda. Lauren B. was devastated, and Leah, while relieved it hadn’t gone to Lauren B., was worried she wouldn’t be getting a rose at the rose ceremony the following day and decided to do something even more extreme that night.
As the girls returned to their hotel room and Lauren B. was explaining what had happened to Emily, Leah snuck off to Ben’s hotel room to try to further plant whatever doubts she could about Lauren B. to Ben.
“I don’t want to sit here and talk bad things about Lauren,” Leah said to Ben before proceeding to do exactly that. “But we see a lot more in the house than you do. There are situations with Lauren that come across as like she doesn’t care as much as she seems to show you that she cares. You know, she’ll be like: ‘Oh, if Amanda ends up with Ben, then that’s great.’ It’s like, how she comes across doesn’t seem genuine. Just some of the things she does are catty.”
In the ultimate talk s—, get hit scenario (as in, talk s— about other girls on the The Bachelor and you will automatically lose) Leah’s plan completely backfired and Ben, obviously disturbed by how much she was bashing Lauren B., sent Leah packing right then and there.
Leah then returned to her hotel room with her tail between her legs, tearfully packed her bags and left.
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Two-on-One with Olivia and Emily
The following day was the two-on-one date with Ben, and Olivia, convinced she had it in the bag, was positively giddy the morning of, while poor Emily was terrified.
The trio then hopped onto a speedboat (which made for some hilarious shots of the girls getting repeatedly whipped in the face with their hair) and pulled up to an island. Even Mother Nature knew things were about to go down because it was stormy, windy and looked absolutely freezing. (Seriously, Ben kept his sweater on the whole day.)
Ben took Olivia aside first, and the two discussed what had happened at the last rose ceremony and why she had such a difficult relationship with the other girls.
Olivia: “I’m more of an introvert. I’m very grounded. I’m very in tune with my body. I’m really strong, I’m really confident. I like news and politics and religion, deep intellectual things are just my jam. … From the moment I met you I knew that it was right and I’m like, I’m in love with you.”
Ben: *blank stare*
Next, Ben had his alone time with Emily, and even though she really needed to tie her hair up it was actually pretty cute.
Back with both women on the beach, the dreaded moment arrived and Ben picked up the rose sitting between them and took Olivia aside. At this point, Emily was convinced she was going home, but ‘lo and behold, in a truly shocking turn of events, Ben ended up telling Olivia he didn’t feel the same way about her and sent her home.
Watching Olivia’s face as the realization slowly dawned on her that she wouldn’t be getting the rose was incredible. You just can’t fake that stuff.
Ben then walked back over to Emily, who looked like she just won the lottery, gave her rose and the two jetted off on the speedboat, leaving a sobbing Olivia behind on the island. (Props to ABC for the epic dramatic panorama shot of Olivia weeping on the stormy beach. How did that conversation go? Producer: “Sorry, we know you just got dumped on national television and it’s freezing, but you’re just going to have to stand right there crying for a couple more minutes while we get this aerial shot”?)
Afterwords, the ladies got dressed up for the cocktail party, only to receive a shocker – host Chris Harrison arriving to inform everyone that Ben had canceled the party and wanted to go straight to the Rose Ceremony. Ben explained that with all the drama of the week, he didnt’ feel it was “appropriate to add a cocktail party to it.”
In the end, Becca, JoJo and Lauren B. got roses, leaving Lauren H. without.
“I just don’t really get it. I thought that I would have been great for him. I don’t really get what he wants,” a tearful Lauren H. said during the limo ride. “I saw things I liked about him and I was starting to fall in love with him … I just want somebody to get me and to want me.”
For those worried Bachelor used up all it’s drama in this intense episode, the teaser that played afterwards promised there’s plenty more drama left this season.
The Bachelor airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.