Courtney freaks out when one of the girls calls her out in front of Ben.
Ben Flajnik and the girls travel to Park City, Utah during the Jan. 23 episode of The Bachelor. While they are all in one of the most romantic settings in the world, Courtney Robertson still seems more worried about winning the competition than Ben’s heart. The other girls can see that she’s not on the show for the right reasons, but Ben is blind. One girl decides to tell Ben about Courtney’s bad intentions — but the conversation doesn’t go as planned. Plus, Ben sends one girl home suddenly in the middle of the group date.
Rachel Truehart gets the first one-on-one date. Ben picks Rachel up in a helicopter. They share a romantic kiss in the middle of a lake on a canoe. Besides the kiss, Rachel and Ben don’t seem to be connecting about much else. Rachel isn’t opening up, and Ben notices this especially during the night portion of the date. Despite the awkwardness, Ben still gives Rachel the rose.
For the group date, Ben and the girls go for a trail ride — but this is when Courtney’s haughty attitude starts to come out. “These other girls don’t have their eye on the prize and I do,” Courtney states. “I don’t feel threatened by any of the girls.”
Courtney decides to “turn the group date into a one-on-one” and pulls Ben away from the other girls while they are fly fishing. She catches a fish and all of the women are instantly jealous.
The tension is growing during the night portion of the date. Samantha corners Ben and asks him why she hasn’t gotten a one-on-one date yet. “The group dates you’ve been on, you’ve been highly emotional,” Ben tells her. “In your actions I don’t see it [your feelings for me] and that’s why you continue to be on group dates. I don’t see this going much further. I wonder if you take this seriously enough. Based on the track record, I’m thinking we should end this right now.” Ben sends her home in the middle of the date.
Ben then takes Kacie Boguskie up to his room at the hotel to reassure her of his feelings. “I’m in trouble with Kacie B.,” Ben gushes. “My relationship with Kacie B. is growing faster than most. I might end up with her. She’s wonderful.”
Courtney steals Ben away again and spills out what seems to be lie after lie just to keep him wrapped around her finger. “My spirit’s down a little bit,” she whines. “I’ve lost sight of everything.” Ben seems crushed and gives her the rose. “Winning, winning,” Courtney says on a side note to the cameras. Does this seem like something a girl who is honestly falling in love would do?
Jennifer gets the last one-on-one date. They jump into a crater and go swimming. They then get caught in the rain, but she still gets the rose. Ben also surprises her with a Clay Walker concert. How fun!
During the cocktail party, Courtney complains to Jennifer that she’s waiting for “a bomb to go off” because everyone has been talking crap about her. She’s right. Emily O’Brien decides to warn Ben about Courtney’s behavior.
“I feel like there’s one girl here who is very different around you than she is around the rest of the girls,” Emily tells Ben.
Emily then tells Casey S. that she warned Ben about Courtney — but Casey is friends with Courtney and defends her. After they are done talking, Casey goes and tells Courtney that Emily was ragging on her to Ben. Courtney freaks out.
“I almost just want to rip her head off and verbally assault her,” Courtney tells the cameras. “She should watch herself. Emily is the first girl to really f*** herself over with me.”
Courtney confronts Emily. “You talked bad about me to Ben and my best friend here,” she says. “It’s not a good look. You’re acting like [you’re 10 years old].”
“Winning, I got a rose. You don’t,” Courtney brags as she walks away.
Emily breaks down. “I really like him and I feel like other stuff is getting in the way,” Emily cries. But despite all of the drama, Emily still gets a rose.
Monica Spannbauer is the only one not to get a rose during the rose ceremony.
– Lindsey DiMattina
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