We’ve been nursing our Bachelor Season 16, Episode 3 hangover by drinking down the gentle wisdom of Bachelor Nation’s most sage residents. Remember the cute-but-quiet West Lee, who vied for Ashley Hebert’s heart on The Bachelorette Season 7? Well, we think he’s on to something, roselovers! He believes that Courtney Robertson’s "speech” to Ben Flajnik during Episode 3’s rose ceremony was the reason Ben didn’t give Shawntel Newton a rose. Read this excerpt and let us know what you think:
“Only two people needed to be eliminated tonight, and I whole-heartedly agreed with Ben’s choices to send Erika and Jaclyn home. They just seemed like a bad fit for him. He’s a laid-back, low maintenance guy, and their hysterics at the rose ceremony only proved why I think they’re weren’t right for Ben. Fainting? Cursing at another girl before the rose is even handed out? Come on, ladies. You’re better than that. I hope.
But there’s just no legitimate explanation for choosing not to hand out that final rose and send Shawntel home. Sure, you can say there would’ve been a lot of drama if she’d stayed, and you can agree with Ben that it wasn’t fair. But Shawntel was right when she said this wasn’t about drama, or fairness. It’s about love, and if Ben felt a connection with her he owed it to his heart to explore that connection.
So I call BS on the stated reasons for sending her home.
Instead, I call your attention to Courtney’s little acceptance speech upon getting her rose. She made it clear that she wasn’t pleased with how Ben conducted himself around ‘what’s-her-butt’ and then thanked him for not putting her through ‘that.’ What could she have possibly meant with that? The night had already taken place; she had already gone through it. She was talking about not putting her through that going forward, as in ‘don’t you dare give that b!tch a rose, or we’re gonna have problems, mister.’ And my take is that Ben, already being seriously taken by Courtney, decided right then and there to cut his losses and send Shawntel packing.
So there you have it. Maybe you agree with me; maybe you don’t. Maybe I’m right; maybe I’m wrong. But if it’s true, and Courtney has that much influence on Ben’s thinking already, maybe — as Bentley would say — we should just hit the reset button on this thing and start over.”