Save the date: This Monday on The Bachelor Season 16, Episode 5, Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson cordially invite America to the union of their bare booties. Hope you can make it!
Ben and his 11 (that many?) remaining girlfriends are now heading to Puerto Rico. Nicki Sterling and Elyse Myers (of “Who IS She?!" Shawntel snapper fame) are finally getting one-on-one dates. Still no word on whether sweet nurse Jamie Otis will get to say more than one or two words or if Casey Shteamer will get to do anything other than look gorgeous while defending Courtney. Aren’t they there to date Ben too?
Here are ABC’s details on what we’ll see next week:
Nicki and Ben hear wedding bells: Once the women arrive at the luxurious W Resort and Spa on the tropical island of Vieques, Nicki, the sensitive divorcee, learns that she will have the first one-on-one date. Ben picks her up via helicopter and the two escape to the mainland. They set out to explore charming, historic old San Juan when a thunderstorm strikes and they need to run for cover. Soaked through, they exchange their clothes for some authentic garb and then, coincidentally, the pair happen upon a local wedding. The ceremony reminds Nicki of her walk down the aisle, but is she ready to fall in love again? She opens up to Ben about her painful past over a romantic dinner, but will he respond with a rose?
Sluggers go on group date: The next day, Ben surprises nine women with a trip to the famed Roberto Clemente Baseball Stadium. It’s all good fun as the group enjoy their time in the field. But then Chris Harrison informs them they will be playing a game against each other to decide who will get a beachside after-party with Ben. The losers will go back to the hotel. Ben chooses one lucky woman to be his MVP – playing on both teams and assured of a ticket to the after-party. For the rest of the bachelorettes, it’s game on! Rabidly competitive, the women battle until the last dramatic out, provided by one devastated woman who strikes out and takes the whole team down with her. Ben opens up to one of his sweethearts and then offers her the rose, but Courtney steals the show by privately inviting Ben to a secret rendezvous that is a tempting mind blower: come skinny dip with me!
One-on-one with Elyse: Ben invites Elyse to a fabulously romantic evening aboard a luxury yacht, and she takes the opportunity to emotionally explain how much she wants to give up her single life and get married. What will Ben’s reaction be to her genuine revelation?
Skinning dipping with Courtney: However, when Ben returns to his hotel, he has a surprise waiting for him — Courtney, who suggested the sizzling tryst. After a night cap, she repeats her offer to skinny dip with him. Will anyone catch them together? [Try everyone!]
The “demise” of Emily O’Brien? Another dramatic cocktail party has Ben’s secret playmate, Courtney, toying with the other women about her skinny dipping adventure. And Emily decides she would rather focus on her dislike of Courtney than concentrate on Ben. But there is a shocker waiting at the rose ceremony, and nine women are all excited to move on to Panama City, Panama, in hopes of capturing Ben’s heart.
The 11 women still in the running toward becoming America’s Next Top Bachelor Dumpee are:
Blakeley, 34, VIP cocktail waitress, Charlotte, NC
Casey S., 26, trading clerk, Leawood, KS
Courtney, 28, model, Santa Monica, CA
Elyse, 24, personal trainer, Chicago, IL
Emily, 27, PhD student, Chapel Hill, NC
Jamie, 25, registered nurse, Dryden, NY
Jennifer, 28, accountant, Oklahoma City, OK
Kacie B., 24, administrative assistant, Clarksville, TN
Lindzi C., 27, business development manager, Seattle, WA
Nicki, 26, dental hygienist, Hurst, TX
Rachel, 27, fashion sales rep., New York City, NY
Source: ABC press release