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Bachelor Hometown Dates! Season 16, Episode 8 Synopsis

Ah, the hometown dates. Which contestant will drag the rose-giver into their basement, make them bury a bird, try to confuse them with their twin, or mock embalm them THIS season? ABC shared a press release on The Bachelor Season 16, Episode 8 and it sounds like Ben Flajnik’s hometown dates might be relatively tame — aside from the usual high emotions. It’s never easy to be rejected right after someone meets your family. You always have to wonder if it was something you said or did or didn’t do...

Read on for what ABC says will happen to Ben and his final four on Monday, February 20:

Credit: Katherine Bomboy-Thornton/ABC Television Group © 2011 Disney    

Lindzi Cox’s hometown: “Ben’s journey starts in Ocala, Florida, where he spends the day with Lindzi and her fun-loving parents on their picturesque horse farm. Up until now, she has been hesitant to open up to Ben, but she finally reveals that her last relationship left her heartbroken and she is afraid to make herself vulnerable. Her parents notice the difference in their once reticent daughter whose heart seems open again, but will they welcome Ben into their family?”

Kacie Boguskie’s hometown: “When he arrives in Clarksville, Tennessee, Ben is met in grand style by a marching band led by Kacie B., his baton-twirling suitor, who has been one of the front-runners for his heart since their emotional first date. As they picnic on a football field named after her grandfather, Kacie fills in Ben about her rich family history and her grandparents’ inspiring love story. But what happens when Ben meets Kacie’s father? Will he give Ben his blessing, or will this spell trouble for the couple’s future?”

Nicki Sterling’s hometown: “Ben travels to Fort Worth, Texas, to visit Nicki, the young divorcee. She treats him to a Texas-sized shopping spree, transforming the Sonoma winemaker into a cowboy. Nicki warns Ben that he most likely will be met with a great deal of skepticism from her father, who is determined to protect his daughter after her devastating divorce. Nicki’s mother and brother are warm and welcoming, but her father reserves his opinion until after he has a heart-to-heart talk with his daughter. After a tearful and guilt-filled discussion over the failed marriage, Nicki and her father heal some old wounds, but what does it mean for this pair’s prospects?”

Courtney Robertson’s hometown: “Finally, Ben heads to Scottsdale, Arizona to join Courtney, the glamorous but strong-willed model who has attempted to capture Ben’s heart with her aggressive but playful spirit. However, when Ben meets her mother, he discovers that she is skeptical about whether Courtney is really in love with him. What effect will this meeting have on Ben and Courtney’s chances? Courtney is not discouraged and summons her courage to tell Ben how she feels about him in a romantic, over-the-top setting. But will it be enough to secure her a rose?” (Side note: We already kind of love Mrs. Robertson for questioning Ben’s hotness level and saying Courtney gets her confidence from her.)

Who will be heartbroken?


“As everyone heads back to Los Angeles, Ben is stymied by the fact that he can see himself falling in love with all four women, but one must be sent home. At a tense and emotionally wrenching rose ceremony, he sadly says good-bye to one heartbroken bachelorette. However, he can take comfort in the knowledge that that one of the remaining three women may be his future wife. So, they toast to the next exotic stop: Switzerland.”

The four women still in the running toward becoming America’s Next Top Bachelor Dumpee are:

Courtney, 28, model, Santa Monica, CA
Kacie B., 24, administrative assistant, Clarksville, TN
Lindzi C., 27, business development manager, Seattle, WA
Nicki, 26, dental hygienist, Hurst, TX

Source: ABC press release