This week saw two people go home, a confession from Kaitlyn, and the conflict between Nick and Shawn reach its breaking point. With overnight dates already in full swing and hometown visits coming up, this week’s drama is likely just the beginning. Read on for some of the best moments from the night!
This week Kaitlyn decided to tell Shawn that she slept with Nick in Dublin. She was stressing about it during the awkward three-on-one date (who decided Nick and Shawn should be on that date together?!) and was clearly terrified and babbling when the time came for her to tell Shawn. Shawn’s face fell when she spilled the beans, and it was pretty devastating to watch. Taking into account Shawn’s emotional breakdowns over the last couple of weeks, I was expecting him to flip out, but he stayed calm(ish) and asked for a minute to process. “I’m just going to man up and deal with it and get through it,” he said, because “you’re worth it.” Shawn’s sentiments confirmed that he is really trying to get past his jealous tendencies and be in the moment with Kaitlyn.
Once Shawn had time to process the information later that night, he decided that he had some questions for Kaitlyn. He was planning on talking to her during the cocktail party, but Kaitlyn cancelled it because her mind was made up. So when he was offered the first rose during the ceremony, he didn’t immediately accept, but rather asked to talk to Kaitlyn for a minute. He essentially asked her the same questions, and she said, “You have to trust me and I just don’t think you do.” In the end Shawn accepted the rose and said, “I can’t give up on this girl.” Swoon.
Joe had a rough week and it resulted in some pretty out of character behavior from him. Let me be clear: I don’t think Joe is mean or bad or anything else negative, but when Kaitlyn sent him home during the three-on-one date, he instantly turned cold. Granted Joe had just told Kaitlyn that he’s in love with her, and she said, “I just don’t feel like I’m there right now, and it kills me.” Rejection sucks, but when he said, “I respect that. It’s cool. No worries man,” it was weird and uncomfortable and frankly pretty douchey. BUT he’s generally sweet and he was sad, so I forgive him.
Jared was sent home at the rose ceremony this week and he handled it like a pro. He held it together, offered Kaitlyn his jacket when they were saying goodbye, and ended up having to comfort Kaitlyn. He even said, “Make sure you find the man of your dreams, because you deserve it.” He did start crying when he got into the limo, but he didn’t say anything mean or against Kaitlyn. It was hard and sad to watch, but he handled himself well and remained a gentleman the whole time.
Kaitlyn and Ben H. had an adorable one-on-one date where they played hide and seek on a private island. In my notes during the episode I wrote, “Getting hotter?” because he looked so good during that date. When Kaitlyn and Ben were discussing what makes someone husband/wife material, Ben said, “My first thought is physical attraction, and you kill that one, babe.” So adorable. Things got even funnier when Kaitlyn asked Ben if he was a virgin. It was so uncomfortable, and his face when she asked was absolutely priceless.
Nick. UGH, Nick. I feel like I’m very redundant every week when talking about Nick, but I can’t help it. He is awful. When he was on a one-on-one date with Kaitlyn in Cork, he decided to talk to Kaitlyn about Shawn. “I don’t really respect people…who brag about being Eskimo Brothers with famous country singers because they fucked the same girl in the same night,” he said. It was distasteful, mean, and, knowing Nick’s background, likely fabricated. When Shawn went to confront Nick later in the episode, he brought up a great point when he said, “I don’t think you’re here just for Kaitlyn, I think you’re here to change your reputation from last season.”
We are down to the final three contestants — Ben H., Shawn, and Nick — and next week will see the conclusion of the overnight dates, the rose ceremony to choose the final two, and likely the first of the hometown dates. I’m calling Shawn and Nick for the top two and Ben H. for next season’s bachelor. What do you think? Leave your predictions in the comments below!
On all of the shows in The Bachelor franchise the point is to find true love. There are only so many ways to describe what it feels like to fall in love and, as such, words are often excessively over used. To showcase this, each week we’ll be keeping a tally of the number of times the word “connection” is said per episode. Be warned, it’s a lot.
THIS WEEK’S CONNECTION COUNT: 7*
*Two of these were the word “connect”