This week, Ben had a one-on-one date, a group date, and a two-on-one date.
The first date was a 1:1 with Caila (her second "date"). Ben took her out on a boat where they hung out, lounged around, did some deep sea fishing (with some very unattractive and crazy-looking equipment), swam, and more (I'm sure). I've liked Caila from the beginning, but that went
I honestly don't think Caila knows what Caila wants or needs. And maybe she'd be better off looking for love off-camera where she could take her time and really feel comfortable with a guy. I don't know, but after this week, I just wasn't into her for Ben as much anymore. However, Ben was into her and gave her the rose. I'm not totally counting her out, but I just don't see her being around much longer. Maybe it's just because I'm still confused as to what that entire conversation really meant? And how Ben said it was one of his favorite dates in the weirdest way possible? I just don't get it. Moving on...
...to another incredibly weird and awkward date/situation. Becca, JoJo, Lauren B., Becca, Lauren H., Leah, and Ben headed out into the beautiful waters of the Bahamas TO SWIM WITH PIGS on a group date.
Apparently, swimming with pigs is "a thing" to do in the tropics. Just another thing I don't understand, I guess. Those pigs were seriously aggressive towards the chicken hot dogs - and just look at poor JoJo. HA! All of the girls were into it and participated, but some of them went total baby fever and ran to the beach to pick up/play with the sweet baaaabieessss!
Once the piggies calmed down and things seemed to chill out a bit, we got to see an awkward procession of Ben swimming up to each girl and wondering why things were so "awk-o taco". Umm, maybe because you were totally drooling over Lauren B. and the girls didn't enjoy watching y'all's show? Or maybe because you had them swim with pigs in the Bahamas? Or mayyyybee because going to an isolated island on a group date to do nothing but "swim with/feed pigs" leaves literally zero options for the other girls to do while you're spending alone time with each one?? Seriously. What are they supposed to do? There's no bar to go chill at. There's no one else around to people-watch. There's NOTHING to do but to awkwardly stand around and/or swim while you're ogling on one girl after the next right in front of them.
So, Ben addresses the awkwardness that night at the cocktail party for the group. Becca admits that it was difficult to watch him have such chemistry with Lauren B., and then Leah goes for revenge and totally throws Lauren B. under the bus and lies. She tells Ben that Lauren B isn't the same girl with him that she is in the house and she's putting on a front. Ben brings this up to Lauren B who has no rebuttal because she is totally blindsided and has no idea why someone would say that about her when it wasn't true, and then Lauren B cries to the girls. Then Leah blatantly lies to Lauren B's face telling her that she didn't say her name or anything to Ben. LIAR FACE. But, Leah's just mad because she hadn't had a one-on-one date with Ben yet and he's made no effort to really get to know her. Which means she should totally take the hint and realize that he doesn't want to get to know her better. However, Ben gives the group date rose to Amanda because she's sweet and genuine and has been so kind from the beginning. I just love her and was super happy with his decision. But back at the hotel that night, while Lauren B and Amanda go over all the group date drama with Emily, Leah sneaks out to Ben's room for some alone time. But instead of taking advantage of said alone time (home girl pretty much created a one-on-one date for herself), she threw the time away and decided to further trash talk Lauren B. But Ben wasn't going for it and ultimately said goodbye to Leah that night. Adios, crazy!
And then the day comes for the two-on-one date: Emily and Olivia. And we all know (or should) that Emily hates Olivia's guts and Olivia already thinks that she's Ben's wife. So, no drama at all, right? ;)
Ben first chatted with Olivia, who only talked about herself...a lot. She then suddenly blurted out to Ben that she's in love with him, but he didn't seem too happy about the revelation. So he then went off to talk with Emily and about how much she's grown since her twin was no longer attached to her side every second of the day and about how Emily wants to grow more with him, etc. etc. They join Olivia back at the beach where Ben picks up the rose that's awkwardly just chillin' in the sand. He then grabs Olivia and walks away, leaving Emily to think she's been defeated and that Olivia was getting the rose. BUT NO. Instead, Ben tells Olivia that he cannot reciprocate her feelings and says goodbye to her. He then walks back over to Emily and she's elated, accepting his rose. And they drive away in the boat, leaving Olivia stranded on the island. And the cameras stayed on her for what seemed like forever. And then I felt (kind of) bad for her. But she also kind of deserved it.
Then, it's rose ceremony night. And after an awkward and dramatic week, Ben cancelled the cocktail party and decided to head right into the rose ceremony. Of course, the girls were shocked and a bit upset, especially Lauren B. who then didn't have a chance to speak with Ben and try to convince him that what he was told was all lies and that she's a good human being and is genuine. Ultimately, Ben gave roses to Becca, JoJo, and Lauren B and said farewell to Lauren H. I feel like her exit was also a bit awkward (does anyone else sense a theme here?) in that he didn't really talk to her about why he's letting her go (on camera anyway) and just walked her to the car. #gentleman
We were then shown a glimpse of what the rest of the season will hold - D.R.A.M.A. and lots of crying, even on Ben's part! Oh my.
But here's to the final six!