-A lot of shots this week of contestant braving the elements in the Bahamas just to give producers a good visual. First we had Olivia after getting dumped, then the day of the rose ceremony, they put Ben out on a little cliff overlooking the ocean as what seemed like a monsoon was hitting. Reminded me of the scene in “Superman 2” where everyone in the street was getting blown away by the three villains, minus the rain. Does Ben at least get compensated for agreeing to do a shot like that? If not, he should’ve. And of course, after a rough week of dates, while the wind is howling and Ben is about to get blown over into the ocean, we get voiceovers of him saying that “Maybe I won’t fall in love.” Lets always keep in mind something I say 1,000 times a season: this is a television show. They HAVE to show conflict. There’s never been any season if the history of this show, where at some point during the season, the lead didn’t say something to the effect of “Maybe I won’t find love,” “this is too hard,” “I don’t know if this is going to work,” etc. That’s all this is at this point. We’re ramping up towards the end of the season and they want to throw doubt into the viewers minds. Nothing more, nothing less. And judging by the amount of tweets, emails, and texts I got last night about it, they succeeded. Again.
-Ben decides to cancel the cocktail party since he already knows who’s getting the boot. Sure, there were a few girls that were scared they didn’t get to talk to him, mainly Lauren B. She was convinced she was going home, which was basically her just fishing for compliments. Yes, I know their conversation didn’t go great on the group date and she hadn’t talked to him since that we saw, but please. Like she ever thought she was going home. Really? He’s gonna keep Lauren H. over you? I’m not sure what Lauren B. was smoking that night, but hey, they’re in the Bahamas so it must’ve been some good sh**. I mean, even if Lauren was worried, we know what she was worried about. What Leah told Ben about her. Fine. Definitely you’d be bothered by what Leah said. But guess what? He sent Leah home! Isn’t that the validation you’re looking for that he’s into you? If not, it should be.
-Rose ceremony time. Caila, Amanda, and Emily all safe with roses. Ben: “Sorry about tonight…long week…didn’t feel like it was appropriate…here to find love and find the woman for me…no question this will be the hardest rose ceremony…until the next one. Then the one after that. Then the one after that. Then the one after that at the end where I tell two women I love them, let one go, then within hours am proposing to someone else.”
Becca: I wonder if she’ll throw Ben into the pig category after this?
JoJo: I had a dream about JoJo last night. Just sayin’.
“Ladies, Ben. This is the final rose tonight. When you’re ready. The fact you had to hear me do this twice in one episode is ridiculous. What’s even more ridiculous is Ben is giving out three roses to four women tonight, and I stepped in after he gave out the first two to let everyone know there was only one left. I really do have the greatest job in America. First grade math teachers around the world are teaching 3 – 2 = 1 right now getting paid barely enough to get by. Essentially, my job on this show is a glorified math teacher, and I’m making millions a year. Suck it, teachers!”
Lauren B.: Man, was on the edge of my seat for that one. Which Lauren was he gonna choose?
Next week after traveling to exotic locales like Las Vegas, Mexico City, and the Bahamas, we head to the thriving metropolis of Warsaw, Indiana. Back in October when this was happening, this was obviously the most spoiled episode on social media of the whole season. You can check the episode-by-episode spoilers to see what was being released at the time. But Lauren, JoJo, and Emily get 1-on-1’s, with Caila, Amanda, and Becca getting the group date. Emily’s 1-on-1 happens on the day of the rose ceremony and he sends her home before it starts. That’s why we saw in the preview last night her saying “I just met Ben’s family.” Of course they want the unspoiled to think that she made it to the finals, but no, that’s next week. Just like after he met her mother he dumped Haley, after she meets his parents, he dumps her. Nice.