January 17, 2012 at 3:32 pm , by Ladies' Lounge
Hi guys! So much happened in last night’s episode of The Bachelor—people left, surprise visitors showed up and the claws came out! Despite everything that went down, I simply loved watching this episode because I was so excited that the dates were in San Francisco, my neighborhood!
I love how this season focuses on taking the girls to places where they’ll be living in real life if they end up with Ben after the show is over. I also think it’s great that Ben got to talk to his sister about the girls early on. I didn’t get to talk to my family about the guys until I was down to the final two, and it’s hard going through everything in the beginning without being able to talk to the people you love about it. Oh, and is it just me or does Ben’s sister look like a cross between Shawntel Newton and Kourntey Kardashian? If you don’t remember what she looks like, Google her. She’s a dead ringer for those two! Also, the place Ben and his sister were eating at during the episode is called The Grove and it’s in the Marina district of San Francisco. It’s funny because I go there all the time—it was so weird seeing him at all of the places I go to everyday. I have a feeling that we’re all going to be best friends when Ben and his new fiancé move back to San Francisco after the show!
Let’s talk about Emily—she’s such a cutie! I love getting to know the girls better as the show goes on and I’m realizing that Ben has a great group of girls to choose from. Their date was pretty spectacular and somewhat reminded me of my first date with Roberto when we walked a tightrope between two buildings in Los Angeles. People ask me if I was nervous when we did that and I always say no. It was actually a lot of fun and not scary at all. That said, what Emily and Ben did on the bridge looked terrifying! Walking along a bridge like that seems dangerous with all of the cars rushing by! Their dinner together was adorable, though. I think they had a great connection and it was so endearing when he said that she was smarter than him. Emily is definitely a contender in this; I think she will go far.
Then there was the group date—I can’t believe they got to shut down a street in San Francisco and ski down it! The girls were seriously brave for skiing in their bathing suits. I never would have been able to do that. Kacie had me cracking up the whole time; she was such a good sport! The evening part of the date wasn’t super-interesting to me, but it was nice to see Ben and Kacie reconnect. I know how hard it is trying to remember your connection with the bachelor and not focus on the connections you see him forming with other girls. She seems like she’s doing a great job with that.
Next up was Ben’s date with Brittney. I knew right from the beginning that I liked this girl and after last night’s episode, I like her even more! I really appreciate that Brittney was honest with herself. I don’t think she was into Ben (or into the situation) and I appreciate that she acknowledged that and sent herself home. I am so proud of her for making that decision because I know how hard it is! I made a similar decision when I sent myself home on Jake’s season. My reasons were different from Brittney’s, but both situations were difficult. And if you guys are wondering if she got to keep the diamond necklace, I highly doubt it. I don’t think she would have been able to keep it even if she did stay. I definitely didn’t get to keep the diamond necklace I was given to wear on my season of The Bachelor, but I guess you never know.
Since Brittney sent herself home, Lindzi got the next date. I thought she would get the third one-on-one date this season, so I was really surprised that she only got the fourth date by default. But I was no longer surprised after I saw their date together—I just didn’t see any chemistry between them. The conversation seemed a bit forced and I didn’t see the excitement in his eyes like I did when he was on dates with Kacie, Emily and Courtney. I also cannot believe that Lindzi dated a guy for years who broke up with her in a text message that said “Welcome to dumpsville. Population: you.” If I were her, I might need therapy after something like that to help me figure out why I dated such an immature jerk for so long! But even though the chemistry wasn’t there, it looked like they had an awesome date together. Bourbon and Branch is one of my favorite spots in the city and I absolutely love Matt Nathanson’s music. His song “Wedding Dress” is one of my favorites. If you haven’t heard it, download it now! It’s great.
Shawntel made her return in this episode. I absolutely love her and it was really hard for me to see the girls be so mean to her when she arrived. I couldn’t believe how rude they were, but I also understand why they were so upset—I probably would’ve been upset too. I know it’s only the third episode for the viewers but it feels so much longer when you’re actually going through it. All in all, it was a really tough situation on both sides, and I know Shawntel meant no harm to the other girls by coming to the rose ceremony. My heart goes out to her after seeing all of the hurtful things that were said and done to her on the show.
I think Ben sent Shawntel home because he knew keeping her would upset the other girls. I’m very confident that Ben liked her (based on their phone conversation prior to Ben becoming the bachelor) more than many of the girls on the show, just not more than his top three. I think he thought it wasn’t worth hurting the girls he really did like to keep a girl that he wasn’t sure about. And after Courtney’s comments upon receiving her rose, there was no way that Ben was going to keep Shawntel. Courtney was very rude to call Shawntel (who is such a sweetheart, by the way) “what’s her butt” and made it very clear to Ben that she would not be happy if he kept Shawntel by thanking him for not putting her through “that.” Regardless of Ben’s reasoning, I kind of think it would be weird if Shawntel and Ben ended up together. I mean, she looks just like his sister. Awkward…
Before I sign off I want to make one comment about Ben and Courtney at the cocktail party. When he was with her Ben’s voiceover said, “I didn’t get a chance to give Courtney a date this week,” which showed me that he really wanted to give her a date but wasn’t able to. Plus he brought her to a “special place” at the rose ceremony and I used to always save the most romantic, private spots for Roberto on my season. So after tonight, my top three has changed. I think it’s going to be Courtney, Kacie and Emily. And what is up with Casey? She is so cute, but we never even hear from her. I hope we get to see more of her in the next episode. Don’t forget to follow me on my Twitter and Facebook pages for live commentary during the show! Until next time…
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