Season 16 finale: Ben and finalists Courtney and Lindzi are in Zermatt, Switzerland, for Alpine fun (skiing with Lindzi; a helicopter ride over the Matterhorn with Courtney) and that final rose. But first, there are meetings with Ben’s mother and sister, and they’re concerned about Courtney’s reputation for not playing nicely with the other bachelorettes.
Ben faces bachelorettes he rejected—and one, Courtney, who’s still in the running. One of the castoffs, Emily, has some things to say about Courtney. There’s also an appearance by 2011 contestant Shawntel, a season review and profiles of the finalists, Courtney and Lindzi.
The three remaining ladies travel to Switzerland where each is granted a full-day date with Ben and possibly the night; a surprise visitor demands answers from Ben; after romantic one-on-one time with each woman, Ben must choose to send one home.
On this week’s episode of The Bachelor, we’re heading to the girls’ hometowns where Ben finally meets the ladies’ families and must ultimately break one woman’s heart.Ben travels first to Ocala, Fla., where he’s greeted by Lindzi on horseback. Lindzi explains that they’re going to do some carriage-riding and then uses a metaphor to compare falling off horses to getting your heart broken. Lindzi is ready to get back in the saddle and be in love. After riding, the two have a chat about Lindzi’s (clearly jerk-y) ex-boyfriend. She reveals that they lived together and was sure they’d get married. Ben is happy she’s opening up and says she likes seeing this serious side to her.
The ladies arrive in Belize, where Chris Harrison meets them to say how important the week is and that it will lead to hometown dates. (No pressure!) Lindzi receives the first one-on-one date so Ben, sporting a nice muscle tank, picks her up. They helicopter over the gorgeous ocean and Ben tells her they’ll be jumping out of it into what’s called The Blue Hole. They gain the courage to do so and share a kiss before they jump and many kisses as soon as they land.
Ben and the ladies are in Panama City, where hopefully Ben’s hair won’t succumb to the hot and humid weather. He leaves the date card and it goes to Kacie B. The two take a helicopter ride to a deserted island, where they check out the three things Kacie chose to pack: A monkey man, a cork screw/knife and a bag of candy. Ben brought a machete, fishing net and matches. Both worry that with not much to do, they’ll run out of things to talk about. But with lots of laughs, it seems like they’ll be just fine, not to mention Kacie finds Ben’s coconut-cracking skills extremely hot.
Ben and the 11 remaining women are in Puerto Rico where Nicki receives the first one-on-one date. They take a helicopter to Old San Juan and Nicki says, “it’s like God’s smiling down on us right now.” And he starts to rain on them. Ben finds her ability to go with the flow super attractive and comes up with their Plan B date, to get some dry clothes — authentic Puerto Rican dry clothes. Ben even says he has some Latin swagger.
The women head to Park City, Utah, on this week’s episode of The Bachelor, and it’s not just the weather that’s icy.Rachel gets the first one-on-one and it’s also the season’s first helicopter date. She and Ben take off and when they land they set off in a canoe situated on a gorgeous secluded lake. It’s not before long that the two share a kiss (and make some awkward noises), but it’s get even more awkward — in a bad way — when they get back to land. It becomes evident these two don’t have much to talk about.
The ladies arrive in San Francisco where Ben meets up with his sister Julia to tell her about some of the women who have stood out. He mentions, Lindzi, Courtney — with whom he thinks his sis would hit it off — Kacie B. and that Jennifer is the best kisser so far. Apparently, he and his sister are …
It’s Week 2 of The Bachelor and the women are off to Sonoma, Calif., to meet Ben in his hometown. While some of the women begin to form relationships with Ben, others continue their downward emotional spiral.
Nothing says the holidays are over like the return of The Bachelor! I have to admit I was a bit skeptical of Ben Flajnik being chosen as the new guy, but after watching the premiere, I think we have a great season in store. These are some entertaining ladies, to say the least! So on that note, let’s get the recapping party started.