With Olivia gone, I feel like I can’t rag on anyone on this season anymore. Hopefully, someone will slip up and make my job easy. This week, Ben brings the ladies to his ~exhilarating~ hometown of Warsaw, Indiana. What could possibly go wrong here?!
FIRST ONE-ON-ONE DATE
This is exactly what Lauren B. needs after Leah unjustly went all Benedict Arnold on her ass last week. So far, she is nothing but smiles and giggles.
During the day, Ben takes Lauren to the youth club he worked at for four years. As if we needed another reason to love the guy. Aside from being a local celebrity (and probably the only known celebrity to hail from Warsaw, Indiana), he is a role model for children. He’s so sweet with them that it makes me nauseous. Ok, enough gushing over how perfect Ben is.
At night, Lauren and Ben reflect on the #ShitLeahSaid. Lauren says she didn’t know how to defend herself against Leah’s malice, which made her “sick to her stomach.” It’s all good, because Ben tells Lauren that he trusts her, and they finish off the night being all cutesy and stuff.
SECOND ONE-ON-ONE DATE
For the second one-on-one date, Ben and Jojo take Chicago…and Wrigley Field?? Turns out Ben is a huge Cubs fan. So that revelation + being The Bachelor = an on-field matchup between the two lovebirds.
Ben to Jojo: “I’m in Wrigley and I can’t take my eyes off of you.” Another week, another cheesy line delivery by our favorite Bachelor.
Oh, and then it rains. So naturally, they HAVE to kiss.
During their dinner conversation, Ben points out that when Jojo gets scared and pulls back, he starts to question her feelings. Jojo reveals that she put more love and care into her past relationships than she got out of them; hence, the walls around her heart. Admitting this is her way of opening up to Ben, and it works big time.
If Jojo doesn’t win, she better become the next Bachelorette. That is all I have to say. I have yet to find something wrong with her, and I’m pretty sure most Bachelor fans would agree.
Initially, Amanda, Caila, and Becca join Ben for a little boat ride. Because it wouldn’t be The Bachelor if at least one date per episode did not involve activity on water or in the air.
Afterwards, Ben tells them the date has two parts: whoever receives the rose gets to spend the rest of the day hanging out alone with theirs truly, and a guaranteed visit to that girl’s hometown next week.
Amanda is the lucky recipient, and Caila and Becca return to the house upset and in tears. Becca hasn’t been feeling too hot about her chances with Ben going forward, so it’s safe to say her time remaining on The Bachelor is limited. 🙁
On what might be the most normal dinner date in Bachelor history, Amanda and Ben go to McDonald’s, where they eat Egg McMuffins and hand out food to people. Then again, they are in Warsaw, Indiana.
Ok, but actually, Ben is a celebrity here. He and Amanda head to a carnival dedicated TO HIM, where the entire town of Warsaw greets him with screams and cheers. Highlight: there’s a little kissing involved on a ferris wheel. Shocker.
THIRD ONE-ON-ONE DATE
Of course, the producers saved the most entertaining date for last. This date is the epitome of Meet the Parents, only instead of Ben Stiller vs. Robert De Niro, it’s Emily vs. Ben’s mom (Amy).
Yes, it’s true. Ben picks Emily to bring home to Mom and Dad. While Twin is a sweet girl, Caila hits the nail on the head when she says Emily still has some learning to do…that, and some serious growing up.
It hasn’t even been 10 seconds, and I am already getting flustered and anxious just listening to Emily and Amy’s conversation. Here is how this talk is going in my and Amy’s heads.
Emily: *Word vomit that needs to stop immediately*
Amy: *Smiling and nodding in the hopes that Emily shuts up at some point*
Aaaaaand it gets worse.
Emily: “I’ve dreamed of being an NFL cheerleader for as long as I can remember.” LOL at Amy’s reaction. She hasn’t contributed once to this conversation, and we all know what that means.
Emily: “I feel like I’m so average at everything in life, but I’ve always known, deep down in my heart, that I will be an above-average mom and an above-average wife. I’m 100% ready.” I really don’t think you should be talking YOURSELF down to the mother of the man you want to MARRY.
Once they return to the Higgins men, Amy finally breaks her silence to the camera.
Amy: “She’s a little…young…for Ben right now. I don’t know how much of my opinion [Ben] wants at this point in time, but I think he needs to know that he’s definitely got a lot to think about.”
Armed with a little advice from Mother Dearest, Ben realizes that Emily is simply not wife material. Makes sense. The girl is only 23 and her dream job is NFL cheerleader. Settling down is the last thing she should be doing. Thus, Ben feels he has no choice but to send her home.
Becca’s reservations manifest into her worst nightmare — rejection. If anyone deserves to find love , it’s Becca. However, I do think two Bachelor experiences is enough to call it quits on the show.
Next time: HOMETOWN DATES WOOO!!!