BRITTNEY WALKS OUT
Date card: “Brittney, let’s unlock our love with the key to the city … Ben”
She gets a present — a key to the city necklace. Lindzi feels left out. She’s stuck in the first night zone.
Brittney didn’t see this coming. She’s not happy. She’s conflicted. Even disappointed. Jennifer said it takes away from other people who want to get to know Ben, including her.
Brittney talks to Emily: “I’ll cut to the chase. These circumstances are just not for me. I really don’t want to be in a house with 25 girls and, you know, I made a promise to myself that if my heart’s not in this then I don’t want to stay. I think I’m just going to go home.”
She tears up and hugs Emily. This has been the hardest decision of her life. So why didn’t she goon the date to see what would happen?
Meanwhile, back on the group date, Blakeley tells Ben about how the other girls hate her. He’s worried that she’ll leave before giving them a chance. On that note, Brittney walks in and gets a bit emotional. She tells him she’s taken some time to consider what’s best for both of them. “I really think you’re going to find a great woman here, just not me.”
Ben talks to the women about what happened. It feels scripted, just so we understand it’s a two-way street and they are not all perfect matches. It’s also a good set-up for later, when Shawntel shows up.
Rachel gets the group date rose.
SHAWNTEL CRASHES THE COCKTAIL PARTY
Shawntel calls Chris Harrison as she’s making her sunset drive to SanFran. She said she’s talked to Ben “many times” and she feels like there’s a connection there. “He’s going to totally fall in love with me,” she says in some nice self-affirmation.
The ladies raise their glasses, with Courtney ironically toasting to a “no drama” night.
Jennifer sits down with Ben and said she likes him. She wants to be forward and honest about it. “I have a good feeling about you,” he says. “You’re, like, dreamy,” she says. Slow down, girl! You already had him. He tells her she is hands-down the best kisser in the house. Oooh, that’s gonna burn some of the other girls. They kiss again. “Yep, still got it.” Put her on Bachelor Pad Season 3 so she can prove she’s the best!
Chris meets Shawntel in front of the hotel. He warns her that the cocktail party has already started so she’s going to have to crash it and grab Ben’s attention. Her feelings for Ben are strong and she thinks Ben feels the same.
Meanwhile, Nicki and Ben are having a cute little BP2 match game with flashcards. Courtney isn’t happy. She’s very Michelle Money. “It’s really hard dealing with these girls. Most of these girls aren’t the kinds of girls I would ever be friends. They’re very naive and very juvenile. Nicki, bless her heart, she’s so sweet. But you look like an idiot. Blakeley could definitely be going home tonight. She’s the kind of girl that your boyfriend cheats on you with. Honestly, I can’t wait till there’s less girls.”
It’s Courtney vs. Lindzi again. Courtney seems to think Lindzi is two-faced, saying she gave Elyse a bad look while claiming to not care about what the other girls do. Emily thinks Courtney has a personality disorder. Courtney just thinks the other girls are draining, which is fair. They are all catty. “Why is she so weird?” Emily asks. Now it’s Emily vs. Courtney.
Casey defends Courtney, saying a lot of people just misunderstand her. Go Casey! Why waste time being negative when that never pays off?
However, Ben and Courtney share a rooftop moment, ala Ben and Kacie. They hold hands agian. He said he was thinking about Courtney “a lot” in teh past week. “I don’t know what you did to me that day...” He can’t get her out of his head. (Except when he’s kissing Jennifer.)
He likes her. He didn’t expect to feel something so quickly. Neither did she. They are having an official Moment right now. And then she says “I think we make cute babies.” She doesn’t feel threatened by any of the other girls.
Shawntel knows the other girls are going to hate her, but she’s willing to take that risk. She thinks he’ll be pleasantly surprised when he sees her. She walks right past the other ladies to get to Ben. Courtney sees her and asks “Who’s that girl?” They all ask who she is, as if none of them saw The Bachelor Season 15. Slackers! “Scram, bitch,” Jaclyn tells the camera. Back off!
Shawnel interrupts Ben’s time with Elyse. “Holy sh-t!” is his reaction.
Lindzi said it takes balls to walk in and own it. Shawntel tried to own it, Lindzi said, but she could’ve done a better job. Burn! Lindzi was one of Shawntel’s favorites! Elyse is being particularly shrill about the whole thing.
As Samantha hovers over Ben’s shoulder, Shawntel asks to know how he feels. She wants to be at the Rose Ceremony. If he’s willing to give her a rose, she’d be happy. If not, don’t give her a rose and they’ll end it now. Ben is speechless, stumbling over his words. The girls, however, have plenty to say. Emily says “If he kisses her I’m going home right now.”
Poor Shawntel. What is she going to do, mingle with the other girls? Shawntel is exactly the kind of woman he would date, he says. He introduces her to the other women. They UNLEASH HELL on the poor girl. She’s right to call them out for their insecurities.
The otherwise sweet Rachel says “I’ll be perfectly honest, I don’t like the bitch.” Erika says “I think she’s uglier in person, which made me feel better. And she’s got thicker thighs than I do, which always makes me feel better.” Jesus. Body issues, much? No wonder she faints.
Monica calls Shawntel fake. Courtney walks out. They are all competing for The Most Over-Emotional Reaction. Courtney says she’s considering not accepting a rose if Ben gives her a rose. She has a hard time trusting men. Elyse calls Shawntel an effing loser and a “psychopath from three seasons ago.” Evil Rachel says “You lost your chance because you’re a creeper and you drain people’s blood for a living.” Wow.
They go to Park City, Utah. He wants them to experience the outdoors. The girls are getting even more jealous and catty — now that they don’t have Shawntel to attack. It looks like someone goes home on a date.
In the end, we see that Erika — Miss Chicago — has “amore” tattooed in her mouth. Yikes. Kasey Kahl, call her!
Mad props to Shawntel Newton for having the stones to walk into that San Francisco hotel, stroll right past the gaping harpies, and lay her soul on a slab for Season 16 Bachelor Ben Flajnik.
It didn’t work out. And yet… it totally worked out, ‘cause she’s even more awesome now than she was before, when we just knew her as the calm, mature funeral director/embalmer from Brad Womack’s Bachelor Season 15. Plus, she doesn’t have to travel the world with “ladies” whose emotional reactions are always set at 11, even if the situation calls for something more like a 5 or 6. They are exhausting. And Ben clearly wants that. So he can have them.
Not that it wouldn’t be jarring to see a new girl walk into the dating game, especially when you’re already thinking “one down!” after Brittney Schreiner’s walk out. But it’s The Bachelor and it’s not unheard of for twists and turns to happen. These gals need to learn to adapt or they’ll never make it past the first episode of Bachelor Pad Season 3.
It turned out to be a brutal night of eliminations — from Brittney eliminating herself to Erika Uhlig
passing out at the Rose Ceremony and getting up just in time for Ben to dump her anyway. Plus Jaclyn Swartz was eliminated, but she’s really just known for hating on Blakeley Shea and being besties with one of Charlie Sheen’s goddesses. And, of course, Ben denied a rose to Shawntel. She’s too sane for all of this, anyway.
On the upside, Ben had two really nice one-on-one dates this week. He seems to have genuine connections with Emily O'Brien and Lindzi Cox and they both seem like smart, funny women. Good catches. He also seems to be deepening his connections to Kacie Boguskie and model Courtney Robertson. Everything in life is a trade-off, so this week we had mucho tears and drama in exchange for a small glimmer of romantic hope.
Still, Shawntel was robbed, just so Ben wouldn’t have to face the wrath of a bunch of mean girls. Can’t blame him for being afraid, but at least Shawntel wasn’t too scared to stand up to them. You dropped a good’un, Storm Horse!
Read on for a full recap of Season 16, Episode 3.
BEN VISITS HIS SISTER
Julia does look a lot like Shawntel. Does he think of that when he sees her? In San Francisco, Ben sits down to talk to his sister. He wants a woman who is comfortable in her own skin. This is what they should do every season — bring the final two family experience to the start of the season. They kind of got away from that personal tough in the past few seasons. Ben said Courtney and Julia would get along because they are so mellow, but Jennifer was the best kisser.
Emily, Rachel and Lindzi already have roses.
1. Courtney — she says yes to the rose, but this was a lot. She calls Shawntel “what’s her butt” which basically seals Shawntel’s fate
2. Kacie B.
6. Casey S.
7. Blakeley (for once the “ladies” are fine with Blakeley — now that they have another villain)
Erika says “I don’t feel good.” It’s also time for the final rose. Ben tries to make a speech, but it’s interrupted by Erika passing out. Too much booze, too little food? Her lips are blue. Everyone blames Shawntel for this. “It’s all her fault.” Yeah, and global warming! And the economy! Dang it, Shawntel!
There is no final rose! No one gets it.
Eliminated: Jaclyn and (drunk?) Erika, who probably made their choice comments about Shawntel after their eliminations and just had them edited to be shown before the rose ceremony. Shawntel was also denied a rose. So … thanks for stopping by, honey! At least all the ladies finally bonded over something — shared hatred of another woman. Maybe that’s the secret to peace in the Middle East too.
Jaclyn was an emotional wreck and went to cry somewhere. Erika passed out again. Shawntel remained mature and Ben was able to walk her out. “See ya,” Courtney called out, because she’s class itself.
Ben told Shawntel he didn’t think it was fair to himself, to Shawntel or the other girls. He gives her the “I’m flattered” speech, which is painful. Shawntel, you deserve better! Shawntel thinks Ben cracked under pressure. He didn’t want to admit their connection. She thinks “fair” doesn’t come into play when you’re talking about someone you want to be with for the rest of your life. She wasn’t expecting to go home already. “I just feel so dumb.” Don’t!
ONE-ON-ONE WITH LINDZI
Date card: “Lindzi, Your first impression was a lasting one. Let me show you San Francisco at night.”
Lindzi is pumped. She likes a last-minute date. They ride a private trolley car around the city. They get ice cream. They end up at the San Francisco City Hall. Ben had a key to the locked building. They are trusting state secrets to Storm Horse! Matt Nathanson is already inside, performing with his band. Ben and Lindzi dance.
“Lindzi’s sexy,” Ben said. They kiss. She doesn’t normally kiss boys on the first date, but considering they’ve traveled to a few cities together, it probably counts for more. “Lindzi has potential,” he said. Next they go to a speakeasy that requires a secret password. Very cool. How is Ben cool enough to be let in here? Ben wants to know why Lindzi is still single. She was in love once. She was with him for a year and a half or so. He out of left field broke up with her via text message (to Dumpsville). That sounds like an angry text. Was it really out of nowhere? Nothing happened ahead of time? Not blaming her, but it is quite a question mark.
They toast to their past rejections. Ben likes their potential and where their relationship is headed. She gets a rose. Lindzi is a complete woman, he says. She knows who she is and what she wants.
He doesn’t want the date to end so they go into a piano shop and he teaches her some stuff. It’s good to be The Bachelor — just walk down the street and point at something and it’s yours. Ben plays “This Year’s Love” again.
Ben said Lindzi has something special about him. He’s sweeping her off her feet. David Gray’s song plays. Foreshadowing? This is the official song of the season.
DATE WITH EMILY
Date card: Emily, “Love lifts us up … Ben”
Emily is scared of heights, which you are NEVER supposed to admit in your casting application because they will use it against you. Unless … you aren’t afraid of heights but you mention it anyway to use to your advantage, knowing they will give you an adrenaline date.
Ben has seen every nook and cranny of San Francisco, but today they are climbing to the top of Bay Bridge. Emily hates heights and Ben isn’t good with them either. “I feel like I want to die,” Emily says. What a waste of a cool date! Yes, they are trying to make the couple bond but it’d be just as much fun for two adrenaline-junkies to bond over something like this.
Ben has a “Talk to me, Goose” Top Gun moment when Emily has a panic attack. It’s not romantic when you want to throw up or die. Not only are they panicking, the women can see them from a telescope in their hotel. So they rubber-neck over Emily’s pain. “She’s probably dying!” they titter with glee.
Ben wants Emily to know he’s there for her … so he kisses her, 250 feet in the air. Way to steal Hottie Dimples’ move! This is how Roberto Martinez calmed Ali Fedotowsky on their first date on The Bachelorette Season 6, when they had to walk across a tightrope. These extreme dates do tend to bond couples. It worked (for a while) with Ali and Roberto and Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi. “If we can accomplish something like this, there’s nothing that we can’t do together.” But what about something more practical, like figuring out whether she should quit school and move to you or what? She’s a PhD student in North Carolina, so they need to sort that situation out.
Their dinner date is cute, but the start is just re-hashing stuff we’ve heard before. Ben talks about being rejected by Ashley Hebert and Emily re-tells the story of being matched with her brother via an online dating service. Then they talk about family. Ben’s parents got married “older” — his mom had him when she was 33. Emily’s story is the same.
Ben tells Emily she’s quick and witty and she gets it. He likes where this is going. He says his father loved his mother because she was smarter than he was. (Good man!) “In fact, I think you’re probably smarter than me.” He tries to live up to his father’s expectations. Sweet build-up to giving Emily the rose. Nice. Then they have fireworks, which is just a nice knife in the wounds of the ladies back in the hotel. Kiss with tongue. Just sayin’.
SKIMPY SKIING GROUP DATE
Group date: Blakeley, Jaclyn, Kacie, Erika, Samantha, Jamie, Monica, Rachel, Nicki, Elyse and Casey, “Let’s cross something off our leap list”
Leap list is the mid-life bucket list nowadays. Everyone has to set deadlines — just in case there isn’t enough natural pressure in life.
They are going snow skiing in San Francisco, because Ben has always wondered what it would be like if it snowed on one of SanFran’s steep hills. Ben shows off some feature in the car that spotlights various bachelorettes and when Blakeley’s face pops up even Monica Spannbauer seems to have turned against her. During the ski session, Kacie fell more than any other girl, but she just went for it. Ben likes that kind of thing.
That night, Ben has a talk with Rachel. She talks about him being a cool, chill guy. She never knew how funny he was. (Why can’t they show more of that side?) They have a sexy kiss, wearing leis. Ben talks to Elyse and tells her he’s looking for independence and confidence. During Ben’s talks, Kacie seems to be a little insecure. She’s already feeling possessive of Ben. She pulls him away and they hold hands as they walk down the street together. The other girls don’t mind this? They’d be all over Blakeley for it.
“There’s something about Kacie B,” Ben says. “She sparkles. Her personality, her everything. She’s really sweet and she gets me and I get her. That one’s going to be trouble for me — good trouble. I like her.” Aww!