1. He already got naked with her
Once you’ve skinny dipped with a woman on The Bachelor, you’ve got no choice but to pick her in the end, right? If you don’t, you have a lot of ‘splainin’ to do to the woman you DID pick (and her parents, and your parents, and America...). It’s kind of hard to come back from a moment like that.
2. He’s already ignored all the “warnings” so he must be sure about her
You can’t say he wasn’t “warned” enough about Courtney — even if the on-air warnings boil down to nothing more than sheer jealousy (thanks a lot, Darwin!). Ben does not care if a bunch of soon-to-be-ex-girlfriends aren’t into Courtney. He doesn’t care if Chris Harrison isn’t into her. Hers is the face he’ll be waking up to every day, not ours. (Sorry.)
3. She has *real* feelings for him
Courtney is one of the only women who started the show saying she already liked Ben from The Bachelorette Season 7. And she didn’t just tell Ben, she told Access Hollywood in a pre-season interview. She had a crush on the guy — yeah, mostly for his hair, but she didn’t just like him because he was the one cast as the Bachelor or because she wanted to “win,” despite her famous catchphrase. And the fact that she’s said, on numerous occasions, that she’s there to date Ben, not make friends probably rubs people the wrong way but — it’s the truth! By the time we got to Episode 7, Courtney was frustrated with being cooped up with women who hate her (and vice versa) and just wanted to either have another date or go home. How was she supposed to start falling for a guy she never got private time with?
It’s the first move that made real-world sense (and it’s basically what eventual Season 10 winner Tessa Horst did by threatening to quit and making Andy Baldwin chase her) and yet people treated it like a shocking game play. It would’ve been phony if she kept that from Ben but she openly told him she lost the spark (babe). She told him the other ladies have been sucking her mojo, and she just wanted some classic Bachelor reassurance. She got it and they got back on track, and by the hometown dates episode, she was fully comfortable with telling him that she loved him (in an over-the-top mock wedding setting, but whatevs, it worked). And when she said Ben wasn’t the only guy in the world, the other ladies thought she meant for herself but she was really softening the landing for the other ladies.
4. He’s willing to fight for her
Ben has dumped girls for a lack of spark on both ends, but he was actually willing to fight to regain his spark with Courtney. That’s huge. Ben is used to women coming to him — even Jennifer Love Hewitt flew up to see him. He likes to be sought-after. He likes to be liked. All of the other women have said all the typical Bachelor things on dates about opening up and finding the one, blah, blah, blah, but Courtney is the only one who has SHOWN Ben she is interested by treating him like he’s the actual reason why they are there. Ben likes that. He likes her lack of inhibitions. He likes her candor. Neither of them likes to sugar-coat things. So when Courtney started to pull away, Ben was finally willing to work for a relationship. That’s a good sign of maturity since all relationships ebb and flow and need both sides to work to keep the spark alive.
5. They’re both “weird” (Ben’s words, not ours)
Since it’s looking like no one else will be able to stand either of them after this season, they really should just pick each other and make the best of it. Ben said he’s a strange guy and he likes that Courtney is also weird and unique. He’s looking for an edgy, worldly girl and that’s Courtney more than anyone else this season. Courtney would get along with Ben’s creepy alter ego Storm Horse, who raps about his X-rated “Cream Dreams.” The other women who were so SHOCKED by Courtney going native when the natives were going native and asked the women to go native with them would probably be shocked by Storm Horse, too. Courtney sometimes thinks she’s being funny when the rest of Bachelor Nation thinks she’s not, but Ben thinks at least one of her disses was a “sick burn” and isn’t that what matters most? She doesn’t just get along with Ben’s dog Scotch, she befriends tarantulas. Animals are often better judges of character than people so if Terry and Ben’s dog Scotch like Courtney, everyone else can kick rocks.