Things continue on an emotional path during Desiree's solo time with Sean. All the Bachelor has to do is ask her if she's excited by the idea that he could meet her family, and Desiree bursts into tears. "My family's, like, everything to me," she says, wiping her eyes. "I just want to see their joy." In the end, though, Sean gives the rose to Lindsay... and she's just as surprised as you are. "I am on cloud nine," she says. "The crazy girl that walked in in the wedding dress now has the hometown rose. Nobody saw that coming." True that, girlfriend!
For the final one-on-one date of this week's leg of his "journey," Sean takes Lesley to historic Estate Mount Washington Plantation for some quiet, sit-and-talk time. "Our relationship is not where it needs to be at this point," says the Bachelor. "Today I need to figure out, can we get there?" Maybe you should ask Lesley, pal, because she thinks you're already there. "I've watched this show for years and I see these girls say so easily 'I love you' so easily and I always thought they were such fools," she tells Team Bachelor. "I'm now one of those girls." But when Sean gives her an opening to confess her love, she chokes, mumbling something about their great "chemistry," before losing her nerve completely. "So… [six-second pause] Let's pick some more fruit!"
Eventually, Lesley shows Sean some of the affection he's looking for, but it's unclear if she's done enough to earn a rose. Maybe Sean's sister Shay -- who signed him up for The Bachelorette way back when -- can help him decide. Over fruity drinks on the beach, she grills her brother about the key issues -- Q: Who could he see himself marrying? A: All of them; Q: Who's dropped the L-bomb? A: "Two this week" -- and then offers him a blunt yet wise assessment of his situation. "I just don't want to be watching this unfold and going, 'No, not THAT one!' the whole time -- and then you end up with THAT one. And a couple of times, the Bachelor has ended up with THAT one."
And with that perfect segue, we come to the sh-- hitting the fan portion of the evening. Tierra, who's been stewing for a few days after overhearing AshLee and Lesley bonding over their mutual hatred of her, finally works up the courage to confront the "cougar." She does her best to start the conversation cordially -- "The distance I felt from him was from, kind of like, from your date" -- but AshLee is scrapping for a fight. When Tiny T claims the girls have "sabotaged" her, AshLee snarls, "Who? Name them!" Tierra's all, Um, you?, and you can practically hear the boxing bell ring. "You don't know what you're talking about," purrs AshLee. "It's your character. It's how you come across as very rude." Snaps Tierra, "I hope when I'm 32 years old, I'm married with a family, and I don't have to sit around with 20-year-olds, gossiping."
Ohhhhhhh snap! That was way harsh, Tai. Meanwhile, Team Bachelor keeps masterfully cutting between Tierra's hissy fit and Sean's come-to-Jesus chat with his sister. "I don't want to be an idiot who keeps choosing the girl who is bad for me, but I enjoy being with her," Sean tells Shay, who responds by reminding him of the one piece of advice she gave him before he left: "Don’t end up with the girl that no one likes."
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