-It’s group date time and Ben takes the girls to a private island. Not “Fantasy Island” with Tattoo, but just a private island where they’ll be groped, chased, and hounded by pigs as they wave hot dogs at them. These girls in bikini’s being chased by pigs basically describes any hotel pool scene in Vegas. Except the guys have their hot dogs out. I guess this is the thing to do in the Bahamas so all the girls got to experience what many others before them have done. Although most of these girls started freaking out at the thought of feeding pigs. Especially surprising was Becca. Becca: “I didn’t know I was scared of pigs until today.” Ummmm, you dated Chris last season. You should’ve. I’m not sure exactly why the pigs had everyone on edge, but they did. Nobody seemed to be enjoying themselves and it was like someone peed in the pool but no one would acknowledge it. But if someone did, you know it was Leah.
-Actually, the other girls didn’t seem thrilled because they openly brought up what I reported to you guys in October, and that was that Ben was into Lauren B., the other girls were aware of it, and it was pretty much over at that point. Gotta love when the show essentially gives credit to my sources. Guys, I would never have reported that if it wasn’t true. Now you know it was. Even JoJo brings it up to him in the water and Ben has to pretend he has no idea what she’s talking about. He plays it off as if it really has something to do with group dates being awkward, yada yada yada. Basically, he got caught with his pants down and now doesn’t know what to do. Although they are off together by themselves in the water, it’s not like Ben couldn’t have pulled a little Ben Flajnik and Courtney right there. A little handy underwater never hurt anybody, did it? Oh, so he’s gonna play the gentleman card now and not get one with 5 other girls around? Pssssh. Whatevs. You know you wanted to you little dirty dog.
-Ben even took the time to acknowledge Leah’s existence during this group date, although their exchange couldn’t have been any more awkward if they tried.
Ben: “Do you like pigs?
Leah: “I like pigs. I like to eat pigs.”
Wait, like whole? As part of a luau? Or you really like yourself a good ol’ helping of bacon? And is it really nice of you to be talking about eating pigs when they’re RIGHT THERE? Shame on you. I hope one of them came up from behind you and pulled down your bikini bottoms in retaliation. The conversation went from awkward to even more awkward where she basically told Ben to his face she didn’t understand why he gave Caila a second 1-on-1 when she hasn’t even gotten her first. Well, the short answer is because you’re going home in the Bahamas, Leah. However, Ben can’t tell you that right now, so he kinda has to hem and haw about how he wants you there, you guys have a connections, etc. I half expected him to whip out a violin to start playing the sob music for you. Basically Ben was caught with his pants down, again, and really had no way to recover from it other than to feed Leah a bunch of BS so she’d stop crying and actually think she still had a chance. She didn’t.
-At the after party, it was more of the same. All these girls aren’t happy and they express their disappointment to Ben. First up is Becca. Ben: “I felt today you were a little standoffish.” Becca admits she was, and she brings up the fact that he has an obvious connection with Lauren B., and she felt kinda left out. You know, just like everyone else did, Ben. See what you did? Make all the girls feel crappy about themselves. Maybe you shouldn’t make it so obvious you wanted Lauren B.’s tongue in your mouth the whole time while on dates with other people. That’s now two girls that have noticed it. And I’m guessing if two girls noticed it, than they all noticed it. But then again, put on the spot and needing to smooth things over, he just started making out with Becca and that seemed to clear up everything. It’s amazing what that can do to these women. One second they’re worried they’re getting sent home, and moments after implanting tongue in their mouth, all their worries magically disappear. Except Leah. She knows he’s full of sh** and is already checking in online for her flight home.
-After comforting Amanda and letting her know that there’s no reason to doubt that he likes her (along with a makeout), Leah is up next. Right now, Leah is batting .000, the bases are loaded, it’s the bottom of the 9th, two outs, 0-2 count, and her team is down 3. She’s up there hacking and taking no prisoners. Leah: “There are women here that aren’t being real with you…I don’t wanna say any names…one person you have the strongest connection with…it’s Lauren B.” Now, lets make one thing perfectly clear here: Everything in that sentence, if you watch it back, you see Leah saying it on camera. However, when she says “it’s Lauren B.” we never see her saying that, it’s just a voiceover. Did it really matter in the long run? Not really, because she went to his room and said Lauren’s name to his face later on. But in that particular conversation, no, she never said Lauren’s name. I mean, she just said 3 seconds earlier she didn’t want to say anyone’s name, so there’s a reason we never saw the front of her face when we hear “it’s Lauren B.” But she knew, Ben knew, and we all knew who she was talking about anyway, so it wasn’t much of a secret.
-So Lauren magically shows up and is the one to interrupt Leah’s time. Imagine that? Ben immediately dives in to what he just heard. “You were brought up as being someone that’s different in the house than around me.” This doesn’t sit well with her since, well, who would want to hear that about themselves. She goes back to the other girls crying and tells them what Ben told her. Leah walks in and asks what’s going on, Lauren mentions someone told Ben that she isn’t the same around him as she is around everyone else. Becca asks Leah directly if it was her that told Ben that. She said no. Well, did she specifically mention Lauren’s name when she told Ben that? No. But Leah knew she was caught at that point. I’m just curious, is Leah aware this was a TV show and that everything she said was being recorded and would be played back at a later date? Was she really that dumb to think that the girls would never realize it was her? Hell, by the end of the night, process of elimination they knew it was her who told Ben. They didn’t even need to watch the episode. But then again, when your bags are packed, you have zero chance of staying on the show, and a producer convinces you it’d be a good idea to call someone out, you do it. Stupid move, but what’d she have to lose at that point? She was going home anyway.
-At the end of this very depressing group date, Ben gives the rose to Amanda because process of elimination. The only other logical person who could’ve gotten it would’ve been JoJo. Leah and Lauren H. weren’t getting it because they were both going home. Becca admitted to Ben that she was standoffish in the episode, so highly unlikely it was going to her, and he heard some not-so-nice things from Leah about Lauren B., so probably wasn’t going to her either. This then leads to kind of a bizarre sequence later on that evening – or was it the next day? What we’re shown is Lauren B., Emily, and Amanda talking about who could’ve ratted Lauren B. out to Ben. All while this conversation going on, we’re getting clips of Leah getting dressed to go see Ben along with dialogue to support that. However, when Leah leaves to go see him, she’s in a completely different outfit than she was when she was getting ready in, not to mention, when she shows up to see Ben (who seemingly had just left his group date with the girls a little earlier), he’s in a different outfit than he was earlier. And it’s not like he was in his pajamas. Completely different dress shirt and jeans. Remember, the spoiler said Leah went and talked to Ben and got eliminated after he’d had his 2-on-1 date the next day. Nothing about what was shown last night made me think this talk with Leah happened after their group date. But whatever. It’s not all that big of deal, just wanted to point out the editing flaws I saw.
-Regardless of if this conversation happened the night of the group date or the night of his 2-on-1, it had the exact same result. Leah running to Ben to talk more sh** about Lauren B., and actually saying her name numerous times to his face so we know who she was talking about earlier, even though she told the girls she’d never use her time with Ben to talk about other girls. I mean, this actually came out of her mouth, “I don’t want to sit here and say bad things about Lauren…I’m not here to sabotage what you have with somebody…” yet that’s exactly what she did. Again, Leah does know she was being recorded, right? Or did she think this was the “Truman show” and was clueless as to what the hell was going on? Ben is on to her act. Ben: “Something doesn’t feel right…does it with you?” Leah: “Well, yeah.” Translation: There’s only one answer to give here, I gave it, even though I didn’t believe a word of it. And with that, Leah is sent packing. Yet the only person we see her saying goodbye to is Lauren H., even though she went back to her room, got to pack, carry her suitcase out of the room, and leave in a car. Something definitely choppy about the whole thing and I wouldn’t be surprised if it did really happen after his 2-on-1 date as I was told, but for whatever reason, they pretended it happened the night of the group date after they returned.