One girl voluntarily leaves the show. But that’s not the worst of it. Another girl collapses right before Ben hands out the final rose.
The Jan. 16 episode of The Bachelor is full of drama as Ben Flajnik and the remaining women head to San Francisco. One girl voluntarily packs her bags and leaves the show claiming that it doesn’t feel right for her to date with Ben. Then, Shawntel Newton from Bachelor Brad Womack‘s season crashes the cocktail party to try her chance at winning Ben’s love. The women are furious. But that’s not the end of it. During the rose ceremony, a contestant falls down seriously ill before Ben can hand out the final rose.
Emily O’Brien gets the first one-on-one date. Ben takes her to climb the Bay Bridge. Emily is freaking out about being 250 feet in the air, but Ben gives her a kiss to calm her down. They make it to the top. She obviously gets the rose.
The group date is next. Ben takes the girls skiing on a fake slope set up in the middle of a San Francisco street. How corny! Rachel Truehart gets the rose during the night portion of the date.
Brittney gets the next one-on-one date card, but she doesn’t seem that excited. “I’m in absolute shock,” she says. “Something doesn’t feel right to me. I should be thrilled, but I’m not. I’m torn and confused.”
Brittney makes a disturbing decision to leave.”These circumstances just aren’t for me,” she cries as she rolls her bags out the door. “I think I’m just going to go home.” Brittney interrupts the group date and says goodbye to Ben.
Lindzi Cox instead goes on the second one-on-one date. Ben takes her on a tour of the city on a trolley. They stop at the City Hall for a private concert and dance the night away. Over dinner, Lindzi and Ben really seem to hit it off. Ben gives her a rose. “She’s got something special,” Ben gushes. “Ben is sweeping me off of my feet,” Lindzi adds. “He’s amazing. I feel like this is the start of something special.”
The drama heats up during the cocktail party when cunning Courtney Robertson verbally insults Lindzi. Once again Ben misses her manipulative ways. During their alone time, Courtney feeds Ben a bunch of silly lines. “I didn’t expect to feel this way,” she says. “We could make cute babies some day.” Sorry, but Courtney seems to be putting on an act for the cameras.
Shawntel finally crashes the party. As Shawntel enters the room, the other girls freak out. “What. Who is that girl? What’s happening?” all of the women scream. Ben is just as stunned to see Shawntel. “Holy,” he stutters.
“When I found out that you were The Bachelor, I was not happy because I wanted to get to know you because I felt something,” Shawntel tells Ben. “So I decided that I have to know. I want to be at the rose ceremony. If you’d be willing to give me a rose, I’d be really happy. I think that you have similar feelings.”
“I’m speechless,” Ben replies. “I don’t know what to say to you right now. I will think about it. Wow.”
The other women are infuriated. “Why are you here,” a women asks. “I’m also here to date Ben,” Shawntel returns.
“She’s uglier in person, which makes me feel better,” Erika Uhlig states. Drama queen Courtney storms off. “This isn’t what I signed up for,” she cries. “If she stays, I’m prepared to leave.” Shawntel quickly earns the name of “Brad’s leftovers.”
The drama isn’t over. The rose ceremony starts and all the women are worried that Ben will give Shawntel a rose. Ben stops before the fina rose to give a speech. Erika freaks out and falls over. All of the women and producers panic. “It’s a three ring circus because of Shawntel,” claims one girl. “It’s all her fault,” another agrees.
Erika gets back on her feet finally and it’s time for Ben to hand out the final rose. Unfortunately, Ben decides not to give the rose to anyone.
Erika falls over again and breaks down in tears. Jaclyn runs and locks herself in a bathroom. Ben walks Shawntel out and says goodbye. These three women will not be returning for the next episode.
– Lindsey DiMattina
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