'Bachelor' Recap: Fake Wedding, Parents' Skepticism and Surprising Elimination
Ben Flajnik made another shocking decision in the latest episode of "The Bachelor". The winemaker sent home the woman who had been deemed a frontrunner to win his heart and seemed to suit him best after going on hometown dates with all four remaining girls.
Before picking the final three, Ben went to Lindzi's hometown in Ocala, Fla. They met at a horse track and Lindzi said how much she loves horses. The couple had a picnic under a tree before they met Lindzi's parents, Harry and Margy Cox.
During their chat, it was revealed that Lindzi's parents tied the knot in San Francisco's City Hall, where Ben and Lindzi had their first date. The couple then had a carriage race with Lindzi's parents. At the end of their meeting, Lindzi's father proposed a toast to Ben and declared that his family would love to have him as son-in-law.
In Clarksville, Tenn., Ben was welcomed by Kacie B. and a marching band at her high school. Ben praised Kacie and everything seemed so well until the bachelor learnt that Kacie's father is a federal probation officer and he doesn't drink, which is an exact opposite to Ben's profession.
It went worse when they met Kacie's parents, who kept sounding their disagreement if the couple would soon take their relationship to the next level should Ben choose Kacie in the end of the show. "Don't rush into anything," Kacie's father Denny told Ben. Meanwhile, Kacie's mother Martha warned Ben, "I would be disappointed if you chose to live together before being married."
In a chat with her dad, Kacie explained about her feelings to Ben. "The other three girls -- have they fallen in love with him, too?" Denny expressed his skepticism. "If he was to ask me if he could marry you, I would say no. I would like to have y'all take your time and get to know each other better," he went on telling his daughter, who felt worried after the date.
Ben visited Nicki in Fort Worth, but before that he admitted to the camera that the relationship "has been slow to go." Once they met, Nicki took Ben to a boot shop. After some chat and drinking wine, the couple met Nicki's divorced parents, Laura and Dog, and her brother Matt.
Laura said, "I see with Ben some kind of connection I've not seen - even with her first husband." Dog was cautious at first as he is worried that her daughter would get hurt again, but after Lindzi convinced him Ben is a good man, he gave the couple "total support."
As the last date in the episode, Ben went to Courtney's hometown of Scottsdale, Ariz. Mom Sherry first said she didn't buy it when Courtney said she falls in love with Ben, but later stated, "I like him and I think she loves him. So that's good enough for me."
After talking with her parents, Courtney took Ben to a park where she has always wanted to get married someday. They later had a fake wedding, during which Courtney declared her vow, "When I look at you from across the room, I know your happiness is the key to mine.... Ben, I want to love you and treat you right, every day and every night."
When it's time for Rose Ceremony, Ben gave the roses to Courtney, Lindzi and Nicki, meaning that Kacie was the one sent home. "It breaks my heart," Ben told Kacie who replied, "I don't want you to be brokenhearted. I knew there was a chance I could be brokenhearted. I was scared of it. And now I am." Trying to be strong, she wished him the best.
In the car, Kacie had a breakdown moment. "I thought I knew what he was looking for, but I guess I was completely wrong," she told the camera. "I had no clue this was coming. Why am I not good enough? I don't get it! ... How did this happen. What the (bleep) happened?!"
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