Well hello there. Let’s get right to it and helicopter on in to Costa Rica. Ashley H, the artist dentist is ready to get down and dirty in Costa Rica. They arrive at Springs Resort & Spa in Costa Rica to see its gorgeous grounds and a sweeping panoramic view of a volcano in the distance. In the foreground is Brad, also looking like he’s ready to explode with [insert any boring emotion you can think of]. The girls say he’s ready to let loose and I completely disagree…he is so rigid and forced. In the voice of the great Chandler Bing: Could he be any less excited?
One-on-One Date: “Close your eyes, hold on tight, love is in the air tonight” -Chantal O.
“All I can do is be patient and hope Chantal gets attacked by monkeys. Or apes.” – Michelle, the crazy
Chantal is concerned that this date means Brad is second guessing her because she let out a bit of her jealous crazy side last week. Someone should tell her Brad likes crazy and jealous [see every reference to Michelle in this blog].
Surprise! More helicopter transportation. For their date, Brad and Chantal will be taking on the longest zip line in the world, six hundred feet off the ground. Brad says they’ll be taking their relationship to new heights. Oh, brother. And just as they get ready to take the plunge, the rain arrives.
“The rain comes your way and you make the most of it. That’s what you do in a relationship.” -Chantal O. being profound, comparing the weather raining on her zip-line parade to her relationship with Brad. Very ominously we see Chantal spot a monkey in a tree nearby and for a split second I think Michelle might get her wish, but alas, it just led to more kissing. Sorry, Michelle.
Now for a picnic dinner by the river with fresh coconut. I’m uber jealous. Especially because the coconut is all cut in half and perfect. No need for your husband to drill holes with a power drill and crack it open with a hammer. Oh, that’s not how you do it? Hmm…I’ll have to talk to Mumbles about that. Chantal says she’s feeling things tonight that she’s dreamed of feeling but has never felt…ever. Next thing you know, it’s pouring down rain on her dinner parade. This girl can’t catch a break. Maybe it’s foreshadowing…every time she thinks it’s going well the rain comes…nah, this show’s not that deep. So, Chantal and Brad ditch the cute picnic dinner to find cover and head straight to the hotel room (don’t mind if I do, right?!)
“It makes me happy to think that the rain has completely ruined their one-on-one date. There’s a chance it could be the worst date Brad’s been on [Michelle also said this about Shawntel N.’s date, which turned out to be a shopping spree in Vegas] but I just…it’s hard to know; I’m not there.” -Michelle, the crazy.
Back in the hotel room Brad gives Chantal a Risky Business-esque white shirt to get comfy in. Chantal says she likes this casual, on-the-fly date. Brad says he thinks it’s their best date yet, then brings up her crazy mind games last week and her only defense is to say that she was just in a bad place.
“I feel so good with you. I want more of it. Every day. Forever.” – Chantal says then embarrassed, with a childish laugh, followed by a passionate kiss.
“This could happen every night.” -Brad
“I want it to.” – Chantal
Which earns Chantal the rose.
Brad is confident that Chantal isn’t overly dramatic now. He says “it just works” with her. Chantal confesses that she fell in love with Brad tonight.
Group Date: “Love springs eternal” – Jackie, Michelle, Emily, Ashley, Shawntel N., and Britt
Now Britt is the only girl left that hasn’t had a one-on-one date. And, in case you weren’t already aware, Michelle hates group dates. Here’s another thing to add to the list of things she hates: rain and cold. And that Chantal came home in Brad’s shirt after her date last night. Man, what a good ploy! [Heidi, when you become a contestant on The Bachelor, be sure to bring a stash of men’s dress shirts and pack one in your purse each date so you can come home wearing it and make all the girls crazy and jealous! Write that down.]
True: there’s nothing sexy about a harness and a helmet.
They will all be repelling down the waterfall to prove to Brad that they’re adventurous. Most of the girls are freaked. The girls are comforted by how encouraging he his, proving that he’ll be a good husband and father. I think it proves that his expensive therapy sessions are giving him good one-liners to use.
Here are the highlights from the group date:
- Jackie is deathly afraid of heights. She doesn’t like ferris wheels.
- “Jackie may have soiled herself.” – Britt. haha. I’m sad because I think she may be going home and that was funny. This show needs all the funny it can get.
- Michelle is pissed that Brad broke the vow he made to her on their one-on-one date. Brad acknowledges that he made a pact with Michelle, Michelle throws a few punches at Brad to give him a hard time, and then she jumps around giddily once he tells her that they will be repelling down together, thus not breaking his vow. Now Brad is worried about not spending time with the other girls and the fallout it will cause later in the evening.
- Soaking in the natural hot springs Michelle eloquently shares that “Watching Brad take his shirt off makes you like want to go home and [insert sexual expletive of your choice].”
- Brad pulls Jackie away and takes her into a little nook of the hot springs pool and she calls him out on not going down the waterfall with her since she was the one that needed his consoling.
- Brad complains about how hard it is to keep all the women happy. And he thinks he’s ready for marriage, huh?
- As if we didn’t believe her before, Michelle says she is seriously starting to get bugged by the other girls. She even calls out Alli and she’s not even on this date.
- Emily warns Brad that she usually does things in relationships to sabotage them. Then she jumps in the water and comes back up with black raccoon eyes. Sabotage? No. But definitely not her best look.
- We get a close up view of Brad’s HUGE back tattoo and suddenly Emily’s makeup doesn’t matter so much.
Alli is very scared of bugs. Not just any bugs. But bugs in particular that make a crunch sound when you [hypothetically] step on them. Chantal picks up a beetle in their hotel room with a piece of paper and taunts Alli with it until she screams bloody murder. Cut to Brad with a very fake concerned look on his face as you hear the screaming in the background. Now, this is funny television.
Michelle tells Brad that she didn’t think Chantal was coming home last night and she’s pissed about it. Brad seems a little pissed too and he seems to be [finally] getting sick of Michelle’s crap. When she realizes her crazy gabbing isn’t working she just puts on the sexy eyes and goes in for the kiss. Brad is frustrated but he still likes to kiss.
According to Brad the roses now mean more to him than ever. Tonight, he’s not giving the rose to anyone. Brad explains that he’s “…not just giving this rose to the woman who jumped first or the woman who overcame fears.”
One-on-One Date: “Meet me at the altar” – Alli
Chantal tries to pull the whole “how do you feel about your date card not having the word ‘love'” bit again but Alli doesn’t bite quickly pointing out that she prefers the reference to marriage. Alli – 1 Chantal – 0
Brad slowly strolls up on horseback to pick up Alli. He doesn’t look at all natural riding the horse but I’m happy it’s a refreshing change from the usual helicopter. What is up with the tiny little horse babies following them around?!? How cute is that?!
They’ll be going into a 40 million year-old cave and Alli is terrified of all the poisonous jungle bugs awaiting her inside. If it wasn’t already obvious that the girls are lined up on dates that align with the fears indicated on their application forms, it’s now fact. [Heidi, write something silly as your biggest fear and practice making your phobia seem intense and sincere. Something like karaoke. You’d be so good at pretending to have stage fright and then overcoming your fear! You’d be like a pool shark but with a microphone instead of a pool cue!]
“Look at that spider!”…ugh. I hate spiders. Bats, though, come on, bats are cute! Okay, they do make weird hissing/screech noises. After their dark, long wet hike with all the bugs, they arrive at the altar, natural stairs in the rock where Brad has a little camp picnic laid out. I wonder what poor production assistant had to climb through that cave first with all the picnic stuff to set that up. Then later, they sit down for a nice romantic dinner that appears to be floating in the middle of a pool. I’d be worried about scooting my chair back a little too far because this guy’s in intensive therapy so you never know when you might need to make a quick dash outta there. Girl’s gotta have an escape plan. [Heidi, write that down.]
Alli appears to be fighting her food with fork and knife then says, a little frustrated, “What is this, really?” To which Brad helpfully points out: “Chicken.” Lady, you’re totally going home. They’re making small talk and Brad is struggling. Alli starts to list off countries to see if Brad’s never been there. This could go on a while. Then more stimulating gems like this exchange:
“Austin is a great city…”-Alli
“It’s big” -Brad
Brad claims he can make conversation with just about anyone. You stand corrected, sir.
All the girls back at the room are placing bets that Alli isn’t coming home. Brad tries to dig deeper into Alli’s relationship past and he asks about her last relationship, which she shares lasted for two years but as she imagined her wedding and walking down the aisle, she just couldn’t see her ex’s face. She explains that it was really hard, she really tried to convince herself that there was something there because he was such a great guy…leaving a HUGE opening for Brad to pop in and say “I’m so glad you said that because that’s very much how I feel about you – I’m trying to picture this working and I just can’t see you holding a rose at the end of tonight…” which would have been awesome but he doesn’t say that. Here’s what actually happened: Brad leads into a vague monologue about finding his wife and knowing if not the first date, then very close to the first date, that there’s a very strong connection (which he hopes will lead to his letting her down gently, telling her that he doesn’t feel that strong instant connection like he’s already established with the other girls). Instead, what really happens is she says “I absolutely agree! And I want you to know that I feel just as comfortable around you as I think I’ve felt with anyone before…and I think I could hang out with you all day, every day.” Brad starts into the “let’s be friends” speech and clarifies that he doesn’t think that constitutes falling in love and so he can’t give her the rose. And that’s where it ends. Friends it is. And she thanks him for being honest, cries and gets embarrassed. Back in the hotel room the girls are all shocked and awed that Alli’s bags are being taken away, which I don’t quite understand.
Brad is now in his pensive alone time to process what he’s feeling [no doubt good advice for post rose rejection, a la the trusty therapist] when there’s a knock on the door. “iHola!” and voila, there’s Michelle, the crazy. Brad says it’s a nice surprise. They exchange “I miss yous” then kiss for a bit. Michelle really looks like she’s working out a strategy in those kisses. She has her eyes on the rose and she asks how it went, full well knowing that Alli has been sent home. Brad makes a little flub by saying “any others you want me to do?” haha. oops! busted! Michelle tells Brad who it’s gonna be in the final four: herself, Chantal, Emily and Ashley. Of course, she predicts herself to be the victor.
- Brad shares that this has been really difficult for him. Hmm…that therapist doesn’t travel? No Skype? Total fail.
- Brad and Emily take some time away on the hammock. Brad says he thinks about her a lot. He says he’s scared of her. Emily regrets telling Brad that she sabotages things. She tells Brad she cares about him a lot and that she feels vulnerable. He tells her that he wants her to feel comfortable. She says she needs his help, addressing his concerns before he could even bring them up.
- Chantal asks the group who gave Brad grief about not giving out the rose on the group date.
- Brad tells Michelle that he feels he’s taken 10 steps back with her and finally stands up to her confirming that he’s doing what’s best for him. She tries to spin it back onto him that he asked for it. Michelle gets a furrow in her brow and I can see the wheels churning in her manipulative mind …hmmm…crazy manipulation isn’t working so let’s try the tears and I’m genuine bit to see if that’ll work for a while…
- Shawntel N. wants to confront Brad about who gave him grief about the rose but realizes that she’s here to fall in love, not play games with girls. So instead, she decides to play games with the only boy here. The Silent Game, which leads to making out. Lots of making out. And she should just be sassy and walk away but she screws it up by talking. Shawntel reports back that someone confronted Brad after the group date and they all continue to discuss and Michelle confesses that she went to Brad’s and spent 30 minutes with him.
- Ashley the artist dentist says it best: “There are certain boundaries that I thought we had; it surprises me that we don’t.”
- Chantal O. tells Brad that she wants to share something with him, especially tonight because she already has a rose and she wants him to know that she isn’t expecting anything in return. Chantal tells Brad that she has fallen in love with Brad. They kiss and he asks her if she could explain how she knows she’s in love and she gives a really great response, explaining that a change has occurred in her heart- she no longer thinks about how the experience is affecting her but is now concerned with how everything is affecting Brad. Aw.
Chantal O., the first to fall in love
Ashley, the artist dentist
Emily, Southern Belle Barbie (also, did I share my revelation that she is totally Holly Madison’s doppleganger?!)
Britt, the wild card for the night…she gets absolutely no air time!
Shawntel N., the funeral director
Michelle, the crazy
Going home tonight is Jackie, the Wicked/Glee Singer. Not too surprising. Brad gives her a lovely goodbye speech and it’s all very classy. I wish as these girls said goodbye they would say something super scandalous to the Bachelor to really screw with his mind and mix things up. It’s never that fun. [Heidi, let’s plan for a really awesome scandalous rumor for you to plant into the Bachelor’s mind just in case you get sent home because of all the awesome advice I’m giving you].
Next week: Anguilla
Hello, paradise! Blue water, boats, sunny skies, romantic walks on the beach, crying, kissing in the sand, hard questions (including a “can I meet your daughter?” and an “I don’t know” response), and, of course, roses.
P.S. To my friend Jessie – this one’s for you. I stayed up way past my bedtime. You’re welcome.