‘The Bachelor’ took yet another trip this week, to a magical land called New Zealand where Juan Pablo made out with pretty much everybody and sent two ladies home in tears.
Juan Pablo and his eight remaining concubines headed to New Zealand — home of Lord of the Rings and sheep — during the Feb. 10 episode of The Bachelor and it. Was. Explosive. Check out our full recap below!
‘The Bachelor’ Recap: The Dates
First, I must open this recap with a confession: your typical weekly recapper Emily Longeretta is sailing the seven seas on an all-inclusive cruise, so you’re stuck with someone who hasn’t watched a single episode this season and is generally ambivalent about the show in general. Still, let’s have some fun! Bombs away!
The gang touched down in New Zealand, where Clare was still experiencing some PTSD from her days back in ‘Nam — so she was pretty freaked when Andi was finally chosen for the first one-on-one date.
The date itself was pretty amazing from an outsider’s standpoint — they explored the caves, water falls, and hot springs of New Zealand — but it took Andi and Juan Pablo a while to really get into it. (And I mean really — they made out under a cave waterfall, natch. That’s one.) I kept hoping that one of those cave creatures from The Descent would pop up and maul them both to pieces, but no dice.
Later in the evening they had dinner in front of a geyser and kissed some more and zzzzz sorry, I fell asleep. Then she talked about how she couldn’t wait to have kids with Juan Pablo, and he gave her a rose.
Next came group time, where the bikini-clad Kat, Cassandra, Chelsie, Nikki, Renee, and Sharleen rolled down hills in giant balls with Juan Pablo. It looked super fun, and to be honest I’d much rather roll around in a giant inflatable ball with mah gurls than sit on a geyser and listen to Juan Pablo. Then they got to visit Hobbiton on the freaking Lord of the Rings set, which officially made this the coolest group date everrrr. Renee got pulled outside for a kiss and a chat (two), followed by Nikki (three), and Sharleen (four), who ultimately got the rose, and Juan Pablo just came off like a giant freaking sleaze ball.
Someone who did not get a kiss was birthday girl Cassandra, who was severely missing her kid and spent her big 2-2 getting dumped in the rain by Juan Pablo. She took it well!
Group date number two went to none other than Clare, who got the heart-to-heart with Juan Pablo that she oh-so-desired (and deserved!) on a rocky beach. I think JP’s point was that he’d been caught off guard by their sexual date and freaked out about its affect on his daughter, and it was definitely enough to appease Clare. Later in the night, the frontrunner couple experienced a Bachelor first when they actually went on a realistic date — AKA, they hung out on the couch in their sweats and drank vino. Seriously, the whole thing was one Breaking Bad marathon away from actually being believable. But anyway, Clare got the rose, and they also made out (five).
‘The Bachelor’ Recap: The Devastation
Of course it can’t all be fun, games, hobbits, and make outs — someone had to have their heart broken, and this week that honor went to Kat. Nikki got the first rose — well, the first rose not obtained by Clare, Sharleen, and Andi — followed by Renee and Chelsie, leaving Kat to deal with a long and miserable plane ride home. She took it well in front of JP, of course, then broke down a tiny bit in the limo about being single. Girl, trust me — you can and will do much, much better.
Interestingly, Sharleen revealed that she wasn’t really feeling Juan Pablo to the cameras, which should provide for some fun drama next week when the gang heads down to Miami.
What did you think of the episode, HollywoodLifers? Did the right ladies go home? Do you have a new frontrunner after the episode? Let me know in the comments!
— Shaunna Murphy