When the final cocktail party rolls around, all of the "ladies" who didn't get dates are anxiously awaiting their time with Sean. Lindsay (a.k.a. wedding dress girl) admits to the Bachelor that she feels "a little silly" about her first-night prank and assures him that she wants a husband and family "more than anything." And he LOVES it. Unfortunately for Sean, he also loves his chats with some other members of the No-Date Brigade, Catherine, AshLee, and Leslie. "At this point, I have no idea who I'm going to send home," says Sean, "and it's freaking me out." Might we suggest Amanda? The sour-faced "fit model" is, if the editing is to be believed, refusing to respond to the other "ladies," even when they ask her a direct question. While she flips her internal personality switch whenever Sean comes around, the only entity Amanda seems to have really bonded with is an oversize, flowery coffee cup.
Also wearing yellow but not nearly as socially inept is Robyn, who decides to take this opportunity to address the elephant in Casa Bachelor. "I've noticed that the show is becoming more culturally diverse," she explains. (Imagine that!) "But I'm not completely and totally sure if Sean's attracted to black females." There's only one way to find out: ask the man! And that's just what Robyn does. The Bachelor, god bless him, doesn't flinch. "People look at me, blonde hair and blue eyes, and they assume, 'He probably goes for white girls who are blonde,'" Sean tells Robyn. "Honestly, physically, I don't have a type." In fact, he continues, his last girlfriend was black. (To quote my friend Henry, he thinks Emily is black??) Still, as I said before, Sean's answer was way more convincing and coherent than I expected, and it was smart of Team Bachelor to include the scene rather than risk being accused of pretending, yet again, that race does not exist.
Lllllet's get ready to watch some "ladies" get sent home! At the rose ceremony, Sean mixes it up by giving the first two buds to women who didn't get dates this week -- AshLee and Lindsay -- before moving on to Robyn, Jackie, Lesley, Selma, Catherine, Kristy, Leslie H., Tierra, Taryn, Daniella, and (final rose tonight) Amanda. Ooooh, that's gotta hurt, Diana and Brooke! No one likes to be rejected for a scowling fembot. At least Sean tried to soften the blow for Diana by whispering, "And just so you know, I didn't feel like it was right to keep you away from your girls if I didn't, you know, see something long term."
Am I a sucker, or is this guy actually a gentleman? Don't answer that -- just tell me what you thought of tonight's episode. Who's a better villain -- Tierra or Amanda? Who's your pick for frontrunner (and no, this is not an invitation to post spoilers in the comments)? I think Desiree will at least make it to hometown dates. Is there a worse culinary come-on than "I'm vegan, but I love the beef"? And don't you wish you knew what, exactly, Daniella was actually trying to tell us about Atlantis, or Hades, or the Haitis, or whatever? God, what I wouldn't give to spend one night as a camera operator at Casa Bachelor. Post your hopes and dreams below, and be sure to check out Chris Harrison's blog over on PopWatch when you're done. I think we all know it's the right thing to do.
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