Ben has already won over the hearts of many (many) women on ‘The Bachelor,’ but will the final four’s parents — and kids — approve?
The hometown dates are going to be Ben’s biggest adventure yet. Ben’s excited for what’s to come. His first hometown date is in Laguna Beach. Amanda meets him on the beach for some fun in the sun. Ben’s taking a huge step in their relationship — he’s meeting Amanda’s kids. Amanda has feelings for Ben, but she’s not going to know if she’s in love him until she sees how he acts around her kids. It’s a deal breaker.
She understands that it’s a huge leap for any man to make. She wants a man who will make her kids their priority. When Amanda’s kids show up, she bursts into tears. It’s the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen. Her little girl is a tiny bit shy. I can’t even deal. They are so cute! Ben is so adorable around them. From playing in the sand to running around, the perfect guy proves he’ll be the perfect dad.
“Today feels so natural,” Ben says about spending the day with Amanda and her kids. Aw! But the day is not done. He has to meet the rest of her family AND make it home in the car with two small children. “The car ride was a little rough,” Ben says. Welcome to life with kids, Ben.
Amanda’s dad notices that Ben’s new to this whole thing. He says Ben looked like a “deer caught in headlights” when he first walked in. Ben doesn’t have any idea what to do when Amanda puts her little girl down for a nap. Amanda’s mom notes Ben’s young. Really young. But cut the guy a break. It’s totally normal that this guy is scared.
Amanda and her mom have a heart-to-heart. Her mom says she can see Amanda with Ben. “I’ve never met anyone like him,” Amanda says. Amanda’s dad gets brutally honest with Ben. There’s a big difference between thinking you want children in your life to having children in your life. You got that right.
Well, Ben’s testing the waters. He helps Amanda put the girls to bed and reads them a bedtime story. It’s BEYOND cute. “I can picture myself being a part of this family,” Ben says. Needless to say, after they day together, Amanda is now completely head over heels for Ben.
Food Trucks & Whiskey Libraries
Ben heads to Portland for his hometown date with Lauren. She’s ready for the day ahead, and she may even tell him she loves him! Lauren knows the way to a guy’s heart — FOOD TRUCKS. Lauren reveals her love for butter, and now I’m pretty sure we’re twins. Then she takes him to a whiskey library, which I had NO IDEA existed.
Lauren’s pretty nervous for Ben to meet her family. If they don’t end up liking Ben, she might have to end the relationship! Gasp!
Ben meets the family and sits down with Lauren’s sister. She grills him good. She’s skeptical. She wants to know why he likes Lauren. He gets choked up talking about Lauren. “I feel really lucky,” he says through tears. That’s all Mollie needed to see. Mollie immediately goes to Lauren to see how she feels. “I feel like Ben’s my person. I was, like, meant to meet Ben. I’m definitely in love with Ben,” she gushes to Mollie.
Meanwhile, Ben talks with Lauren’s dad. Ben admits that when he saw Lauren for the first time “the world stopped.” However, Lauren’s dad asks Ben how he’s coping with juggling other women. “Not well,” Ben says. Lauren’s dad is worried about his LoLo. He doesn’t want her to get heartbroken. This hesitation rubs off on Lauren. Before Ben leaves, Lauren just can’t tell him they she’s in love with him. Uh oh. It could have been her only chance.
Ben & Caila Build A HOUSE
Ben leaves Lauren behind for Hudson, Ohio, with Caila. Before meeting her family, she takes Ben to her dad’s toy company. They literally design and build a house together. Man, Caila is moving really fast. Caila grabs the power tools, and Ben’s in love. “I never thought I would find a toy factory so sexy,” Ben raves. LOL.
Before Caila drops the ILY, she wants to talk to her parents first. Caila’s parents are extremely protective of her — her dad comes on real strong at the dinner table. Caila’s mom steals Ben away for a little chat. Ben clearly has feelings for Caila, but he says he would love to know how she feels about him. Girl, get on it.
Caila and her dad steal a moment to talk about Ben. He wants to know how she blocks out all the drama. She just focuses on the time she has with Ben. “I know this is it,” Caila reveals. Her mom wants her to go for it. “If you really love him, tell him,” her mom stresses. Caila’s fully prepared to say it, but she holds back when she sends Ben off. Ben is getting NO LOVE today!
Roses From An Ex
Now it’s time to go to Texas, where JoJo is waiting. She thinks Ben leaves a bouquet of flowers at her door, but it’s her EX CHAD! He writes her this long love letter, and she breaks down in tears. Of all days! She calls him up and basically shuts him down. Today is about Ben. Chad needs to back off. Ben shows up right in the middle of this drama, and JoJo’s still crying. He notices something’s up. So perceptive, Ben!
She tells him what happened, and the mood on Ben’s face changes. He’s like WTF. But she explains that she only told her ex how happy she is with Ben. The past 3 hometown dates have been pretty boring, so props to JoJo for spicing things up. When they go to JoJo’s house, her vibrant family welcomes them home.
But things get intense at the dinner table. Her family asks him what sets JoJo apart from the other girls. Ben is quick to explain that he’s more himself around JoJo than any other girl. JoJo’s brothers are very overprotective of Ben, and they just don’t get a good vibe from Ben. Even though JoJo’s head over heels, the bros don’t feel the same way. Ruh roh.
They sit Ben down for a little bro chat. They pretty much want to know if JoJo’s “The One.” Ben doesn’t give them the answer they want. “There’s still a lot of time. I still don’t know,” Ben says. He just won’t come out and say he’s in love with JoJo. But he hasn’t said those three words to anyone yet. Over in the next room, JoJo’s mom pushes her daughter to go all in with Ben. She also doesn’t really get the setup of The Bachelor. JoJo’s mom looks genuinely surprised when JoJo reveals Ben’s dating 3 other women.
When JoJo and her brothers get together, they aren’t easy on their baby sister. They’re just shocked JoJo is so into this guy when she’s only been on two dates with him. “He’s not as emotionally invested as you are,” her brother says. YIKES. Ben and the brothers reconvene in the kitchen, and one brother goes on the attack. JoJo’s brother Ben basically accuses Ben of brainwashing these girls. Dude, this is The Bachelor. You know how this works. Ben deflects the drama as much as possible, but it definitely looks like Ben’s reevaluating everything with JoJo.
Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall
At the rose ceremony, Ben chooses Lauren first. Caila’s next. Amanda and JoJo are left. He chooses JoJo. Poor Amanda. He walks her out. Ben apologizes to her, but she’s not angry with him. She understands, but she wishes she would have told him during her hometown date. He tells her that he honestly didn’t know how he really felt about her until he went on the other dates. When she gets in the car, she sheds a few tears. She genuinely thought Ben was ready to come into her and her kids’ lives.
Back at the house, Ben breaks down. He totally respects Amanda for trusting him enough to let him be with her kids. He gets so worked up. “I can’t do this right now,” Ben says through tears. Aw! Ben, don’t cry! If this is how he’s acting sending Amanda home, these final weeks are going to be interesting!
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of Ben’s choice? Let me know!