Posted on February 28, 2012
Last night’s episode of The Bachelor was filmed in Switzerland, which is the last stop on this season’s journey to the Bachelor finale. The evening begins with Ben saying that he is starting to fall in love with all three ladies – Nicki, Lindzi and Courtney. He goes on by admitting that he has a difficult decision ahead, namely who to send home. Ben has one-on-one dates – including the potential for an overnight component should the lady concur – with each of the three women. Here’s a brief recap of what happened on the three dates:
Date with Nicki – their date starts with a helicopter ride through the mountains and glaciers of the Alps ultimately bringing them to a highly-elevated picnic lunch location. I just have to say that while in the helicopter with the earphones on, Nicki and Ben almost look like brother and sister, which to me is the writing on the wall for this couple, but I digress…. Back to the date – Ben says their relationship is “getting to new heights, but at the same time, it’s grounded.” Then later he attests, “Spending the day with Nicki, I always feel like I have a smile on my face…. Every time I see Nicki, I have a better time than the last. Those are really good signs.” Meanwhile, Nicki admits that it’s been so long since she’s recognized being in love. And of course, she readily accepts Ben’s invitation to spend the night together. And with that, they go to the suite and very soon thereafter into the hot tub, which is a recurring prop/activity throughout all of these dates.
Date with Lindzi – Ben has an “adrenaline” date planned for Lindzi in Interlaken, which according to Ben is the extreme sports capital of Europe. The first part of their date involves repelling 300 feet off a ledge into a gorge. Both are scared as they don’t like heights, but they feel it should be a bonding experience for them. And despite her fear of repelling, Lindzi actually admits to us, “I think I’m more scared to tell Ben that I love him.” Thankfully, it all goes well, and the two end up in a hot tub followed by dinner at the Victoria–Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa. Lindzi also says yes to the overnight date, tells us that there’s “nowhere else I’d rather be in the world than here with Ben,” and confesses that she likes where this is going. Ben agrees and remarks that this is the “most vulnerable I’ve ever seen her…. I see myself with her for the rest of my life. I do.”
Date with Courtney – Ben and Courtney are taking a train ride to Wengen as part of their date, and once there, they will explore the town. Prior to seeing her, he confides to us that ”what worries me [about Courtney] is how she’s treated the other women.” After shopping for a picnic lunch, Courtney has some reflective moments and explains to us, “I’m so happy I hung in there because it’s been a really long journey…. It was tough for me at times. Looking back, I feel bad for treating the girls the way that I have…. I hope it doesn’t get in the way of what could be the best thing that’s ever happened to me.” Ben later tells her that it’s been hard for him to hear the negative comments from the other women, which results in Courtney rising to the occasion and admitting that she made mistakes and didn’t handle the situation with the other women well at times. That’s all Ben needs to hear, illustrating he is still so blind to Courtney. He totally lets her off the hook and tells us, “It’s a weight off my shoulders hearing Courtney apologize for the way that she’s handled herself toward these other women because I was having huge doubts and concerns in this relationship if I didn’t hear it [an apology] from her…. I feel like we’re good and moving forward.” And yes, Courtney agrees to the overnight, and they subsequently kiss and luxuriate in the hot tub….
Kacie B.’s Comeback - Ben was not expecting that Kacie would venture to Switzerland and pay him a visit. But she does – she wants to understand why he eliminated her as she didn’t see it coming at all. Ben explains that he felt like they were worlds apart with very different backgrounds and that he therefore probably couldn’t have given her what she needed. Kacie appreciates the answers though they don’t make her feel any better. She then goes on to say, “Because I do love you and I do care about you, I don’t want to see you get your heart broken again. And I feel like…if you were to choose Courtney, you would get your heart broken… I’ve watched her for a while…it seems like she’s in this to win it.” After hearing what Kacie B. says about Courtney, Ben goes into a bit of tale spin wondering, “Do I really like this woman or am I being played? I don’t know what to do.”
The Rose Ceremony – Ben hems and haws, but we all know who will be the one to be eliminated – Nicki. And even Nicki says upon exiting that she hopes he is making the right decision. Everyone knows but Ben. And honestly, he probably does know on some level. But he’s choosing to ignore what his voice of reason is telling him deep down. As I said last week, he’s made his bed, now he needs to lie in it. I’ve resigned myself to what I think the finale will bring….
But I’m jumping ahead. Before Ben makes his ultimate decision on March 12, tune in with me next Monday on ABC to see “The Women Tell All.” It should be interesting. I even hear Courtney makes an appearance, which could be cause for fireworks. What do you think of Courtney? Is she in love with Ben or just “in this to win it.” And will she receive Ben’s final rose? I think I’ve tipped my hand, but I can’t wait to hear your thoughts….