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Tears. Lots of tears. Happy tears, good-bye tears, so-many-emotions tears, I-need-another-cocktail tears. The group found themselves in Juan Pablo’s hometown of Miami this week.
Who got kicked off: The one’s with red X’s were sent home. Sharleen left on her own accord before the rose ceremony. Chelsie was sent home at the ceremony and surprisingly chipper about it. She rambled on about how great he was, then, boom, in the limo, instant waterworks. That leaves Andi the Attorney, Nikki the Nurse (aka Negative Nikki), Renee the single mommy, and Clare the hairdresser who everyone loves to hate for hometown dates next week.
One-on-One: The first one to receive the date card, and straight from Juan Pablo himself was Sharleen. They spent the day cuddling and kissing on a yacht.
Quote of the Night: “It makes feel happy which is something I don’t allow myself to feel very often.” Well, that’s depressing. We need to find you more happiness in your life, Sharleen.
Conversation on the yacht:
JP: How do you feel about me meeting your family?
Sharleen: I think it could work. (Lots of hesitancy and awkwardness.)
JP: Your smile is really pretty.
One-on-One: Nikki received a date card. Her initial reaction: I’m not gonna have to dance again am I? Oh, Negative Nikki, aren’t you a treat. Lucky for you, Nikki, no, you don’t have to dance again. Instead you get to watch Juan Pablo’s daughter perform at her recital. And bonus! Meet the fam and ex-wife. And double-bonus! Juan Pabs’ ex is a smokin’ hot actress (see below).
After the recital, Juan Pabs took Nikki to his office, Marlins Park, where they played catch on the field in Nikki’s white, barely there, backless, bra-less ensemble. Here, let me throw you a grounder. At the ballpark, Nikki addressed the Carla situation, asking how she fits in this situation? Basically, Juan Pablo said Carla was cool with it and they just want the best for each other.
Sharleen’s Departure: Sharleen broke it to the girls that she was going home. Outwardly, all of the ladies gave her aw’s and sad eyes. Inwardly, they were all like heck yes! Another one bites the dust.
There was a good portion of the show dedicated to Sharleen going back and forth on if she was making the right decision. Basically, it boiled down to the fact she was attracted to him physically but not intellectually.
Cute Quote of the Day: “You caught my attention because you’re different in a good way. The only thing that pisses me off is that I didn’t make you sing enough for me.” – Juan Pablo to Sharleen after she tells him she has to leave.
In the interview with the producers after Sharleen left, Juan Pablo was crying and said something about rather being not appreciated and honest than not honest and appreciated…confused? Yep, so was the rest of America. I’m not sure what he said, but I’m gonna interpret anyway.
My completely invalidated interpretation: Juan Pabs would rather get his heart broken and have them be honest with him than to have someone stick around and not actually like him.
Group Date: Clare, Renee, Chelsie, and Andi flew to a private island with the bachelor. Then the group date turned into a one-on-one after Juan Pablo handed out the rose to lucky lady Andi. Clare was pissed as per usz.
Clare vs Nikki: The argument lasted 5 minutes too long. I got lost on why they were bickering in the first place. Basically, neither likes each other and they’re stuck in this hotel room together with nothing to do but get annoyed.
Juan Pablo’s Ex-Wife: Umm, hi, say hello to Juan Pablo’s ex-wife: Carla Rodriguez, actress and total hot mama. And according to Wetpaint and her Twitter account, @Carla_Andreina, this ex-wife is pretty active in her daughter’s life; so whoever wins Juan Pablo’s heart will be seeing a lot of this beaut.
Next week is a two night extravaganza. The Bachelor will air Monday and Tuesday night of next week (February 24th and 25th | 8-10 P.M.). Apparently lots of drama is about to ensue for an ending we didn’t see coming.
The group traveled to New Zealand this week! This is going to be a super quick post, because there wasn’t a whole lotta talking this episode. I swear half of the show was taken up by Juan Pabs’ make-out sessions with each of the girls.
Who Got Kicked Off: The ones with red X’s were given a one-way ticket home. Cassandra, one of the single mommies, was sent home early on the group date (sad sidenote: It was also her 22nd birthday that night. Happy birthday?), and Kat, our star dancer and brief KPOP celeb, was sent a’packin’, oddly enough leaving Sharleen in tears.
The group date consisted of coordinated outfits (I swear the girls planned it because they were all wearing colored leather jackets – throwback to the boys of Des’ season. A house that lives together, styles together. See if you can spot a familiar face.), sheep, and OGO balls, which if you don’t know what those are and didn’t watch last night, I’m including a link so you can take in the full glory of them. They are giant balls (Yes, Twitter had a field day with that last night.) that are filled with water and are pushed down a ski slope. Oh, and you sit in them.
List of things Juan Pablo enjoys:
Dates in bathing suits. Dancing. Making out. Caves.
One-On-One: Andi The Attorney got the first one-on-one in New Zealand. They went on a boat and wiggled their way through tiny crevices in, of course, a cave. After winding their way in cold water, they stumbled upon a waterfall and had a make out session.
One-On-One: The other one-on-one belonged to Clare. As you’ll remember Clare had the first one-on-one of the whole show, so this would be her second. Apparently, they needed to talk some stuff out about their 4 A.M. swim soirée. Turns out everything is all hunky-dory.
Quote of the Night: Juany-Pabs to Clare - “I’m still figuring out my boundaries.” Oh really? How’s that working out for you? Dude. You’re on The Bachelor. Of course you’re going to make out with a ton of women. That’s cool. You do you. But don’t say you have all these boundaries when you don’t. That’s sweet that you wanna be cognizant of your daughter. Just don’t let her watch the show ’til she’s ready and you’re ready. Or never.
Next Week: The final 6 head to Juan Pablo’s hometown of Miami, next week. Finally, some tensions run high as the blondes, Nikki and Clare, get a little heated with each other. And Sharleen questions if she should be there. It looks like she might be out the door.
How are those Bachelor brackets coming along, Bachelor Fans? I know people have office pools going on.
The group flew across the country to Seoul, South Korea. As Juan Pablo pointed out, this was the first rose ceremony abroad, where if you didn’t receive a rose, “people will have to fly back home 12 hours feeling rejected and that’s not fun.” No, Juan Pablo. No, it’s not.
Who got kicked off: Also known as the ladies who got a 12 hour flight home. Lauren the music composer and Elise the first grade teacher are out.
Group Date: 6 lucky ladies got to perform with Korea’s most popular hip hop group: 21. The group arrived at YG Entertainment, where they met South Korea’s most popular KPOP group, and picked up a few dance moves.
This is Clare’s response to the news they’re flying to Korea:
“Korea! I don’t even have a kimono!”
1. Nope, that’s Japan. 2. I don’t think that’s a requirement in order to enter the country. At least, last time I checked that was the case, and 3. You’re killing me (and Carmen Sandiego who I know, back in the day, taught you Kimonos are traditional Japense garb.)
Juan Pablo: “I love dancing. And girls that know how to dance are the best way to win Juan Pablo’s heart.”
Kat used to be a dancer, so naturally was in her element. She was going a little over the top. Nikki, on the other hand, looked like she wanted to die.
Quote of the Night:
Nikki: “This is my worst nightmare…and I kinda wanna crap my pants. I hope we’re performing for the Korean School of the Blind.” Well played, Nikki.
After the performance, the group went out to celebrate with some cocktails (what else?). During some one-on-one time, Kat opened up about her family life, about how her parents split when she was young and her Dad was an alcoholic. She shared feelings. Lots and lots of feelings.
Nurse Nikki, or negative Nikki, as her roommates have dubbed her, got the rose and a nice little kiss from Juan Pablo.
Elise broke the cardinal rule on her one-on-one time with Juan Pablo. Have you learned nothing from previous seasons?! Don’t talk about other girls during your time with him. That is a sure-fire ticket home.
They explored the city of Seoul, got traditional dresses for Camilla and Sharleen, and went to a tea house, where they got to talk a little bit more. Sharleen called him “cheeky” and “NOT blande.” At dinner, they bonded over their travels, and Sharleen found they had a lot more in common than she had originally anticipated. (And Bastille kept playing in my head – The walls kept tumbling down in the city that we looooove…)
Sharleen is growing on me. She does not have a lot of facial expressions, and she’s super composed all of the time. But there’s a little humor behind that poise. And she’s very well-spoken.
Later in the date, Juan Pablo brought her to a place with sufficient acoustics so she could sing. She said she doesn’t normally sing so early on for dudes she dates. (Sidenote: I love the lacy, black dress she wore on the date. I’ll find a link on Possessionista’s page for y’all. I mean mostly for myself, but you too.) As expected, her voice is gorgeous. She made him close his eyes, and after she sang a few bars, they shared a romantic kiss.
Group Date: The remaining ladies got a full day of Korea (do all of the things!), starting with a little karaoke, followed by wandering the streets of Seoul, and, what do you know, they found a photobooth.
After that they went…I don’t know what these things are, but I want one. Swan peddle boats? Yes, please.
Next on the list, was getting the dead skin of their feet eaten off by tiny little fish. Yup. Exactly what it sounds like.
After that on their tour, the gang tries a bunch of different food at an outdoor market. Clare tells him she doesn’t want to eat octopus. Juan Pablo is so cute. He was like “Oh you don’t want to eat octupus? That is gonna be the first thing I give you. you just made the worst mistake of your life.” He’s a jokester that one.
Second Quote of the Night:
Kelly the dog lover on Clare’s overreaction to having to eat octopus: “Clare is so dramatic. Her piece was literally this big (mimes with fingers), and I know you’ve swallowed bigger things than that.”
On the group date, Juan Pablo vows to the cameras that he wants to set a good example for his daughter, and that because he’s already kissed 6 girls, he’s going to lay off the lip-locking. Exceeeept if he’s talking to Clare.
Juan Pablo: “I know I said I wasn’t gonna kiss anyone, but she is sexy.” As Jimmy Fallon said, that’s a good lesson for his daughter: Don’t kiss anyone unless you’re sexy. Then it’s OK.
Lauren went in for the kiss and he rejected her. Sobbing ensued.
Andi got the rose on the group date. Clare looked pisssssed.
Next on the world-wide tour, the troop is headed to Vietnam.
PSA: If you watch one thing, watch Juan Pablo’s lip syncing of 21’s hit song at the end of the episode bonus footage. It will make you fall in love with him (even more if you already do).