The Bachelor with Sean Lowe returned to ABC for the second episode of the season that saw two more hopefuls leave after one girl quit the show on her own.
The new Bachelor drama continued at the mansion when Sean Lowe went on two one-on-one dates and a huge romantic themed group date. For some Bachelor hopefuls, this week’s episode proved to be way too much to handle while others plotted their alone time and romantic strategies.
In the end, two more were sent home by Sean who has started to make serious connections early in the season.
Sarah takes a leap of faith
This week the one-on-one dates played out like every other season of The Bachelor: Prince Charming swept the girls away for some get-to-know-you fun before a romantic rendezvous that sets the stage for impending heartbreak, embarrassment, and public shame on national television.
In the first one-on-one, Sarah got the better deal when she and Sean jumped off a 35-storey downtown office tower in an effort to bond through extreme adventure.
Safely at the bottom, with champagne in hand, Sarah was grateful for the jump since she was once turned away from a zipline adventure in Las Vegas due to her one arm. Always the honest nice guy, Sean did the gentlemanly thing and kept quiet about the stunt being arranged by the show’s production team.
It worked and Sarah fell head over heels for the new Bachelor who now looks more like Daniel Craig than a Dallas insurance agent.
The joke’s on Desiree
As for Desiree, it was off to a fake art gallery to see if she could take a joke.
Last season on The Bachelorette, Sean took Emily home to meet his parents in Dallas where the entire family was in on a joke about their son still living at home. The prank was so believable that it may have played a huge part in why Emily kicked Sean to the curb over Ari and Jef.
So, with Sean as The Bachelor, it’s safe to assume that a sense of humor may be a fast track to the finale.
Since pranks are so popular on YouTube, Sean and Chris Harrison set up Desiree to take the fall for a broken piece of art worth $1.5 million. To raise the stakes even higher, Desiree was told the fake glass sculpture was made of stained glass from churches near the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Sean joined Chris Harrison behind the set a for a few laughs before the guilt ridden Bachelor finally let the cat out of the bag.
But the joke was on the show when Desiree failed to meltdown in public and held her composure with a smile. Long story short: Desiree can take a joke, which made her a clear front-runner in the competition since Sean’s parents are huge pranksters.
Afterward, Sean and Desiree jumped into a hot tub before dinner where the two chatted about common views on love, marriage, and the roles of husband and wife. They hit it off so well that it looks like Sean may have to play out his contract and go through the motions for the rest of the season. We’ll see soon enough.
The group date
13 girls were chosen for a Cowboy & Western themed Harlequin romance photo shoot and the chance to win a cover spot with Sean. Although us average folk can get the same photos (in back and white) for much less at the State Fair for about $25, the Harlequin shoot was fun for some and not so great for others looking to win Sean over.
Kacie B. led a group that consisted of Amanda, Brooke, Kristy, Daniella, Lesley M., Catherine, Katie, Robyn, Diana, Taryn, Selma and Tierra.
As it turned out, Kristy, a model away from the show, won the cover with Sean but had to take a back seat to the other girls who scrambled for attention. Although Lesley, Selma, and Catherine all made headway in their efforts to shamble closer to The Bachelor, the group shoot made Tierra uncomfortable, which earned her some much needed explanation time with Sean.
In the end, the group rose went to Kacie B. who revealed that she does have feelings for Sean and wants to go from friend to “girlfriend” to explore their options.
The most surprising moment this week came when Yoga teacher Katie chose to leave the show and keep her dignity intact after sizing up her catty, over-the-top competitors. The smartest woman of the season to date, a Bachelor-jaded Katie used her valuable one-on-one time wisely to tell Sean that none of it was right for her and that she wanted to leave. And with that, Katie was gone and likely breathed a huge, “thank God I’m outta there” sigh of relief in the awaiting limo.
The tale of two villains
Although Tierra has been set up as the early villain this season, Amanda made a play for the title by acting like Courtney from The Bachelorette, alienating herself from the others while showing Sean one side of herself and the girls another. It was enough to render some girls speechless and others seething with furious anger like Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction.
Early previews led many fans to believe the girls wanted to save Sean from Tierra. Based on last night, it looks like Amanda may be this year’s Courtney.
The final roses
As it turned out, villains Tierra and Amanda were rewarded with roses along with Robyn, Lindsay, AshLee, Selma, Lesley, Jackie, Kristy, Catherine, Leslie H, Taryn, and Daniella.
That only left Brooke and Diana to take The Bachelor walk of shame after failing to act quick and make a mad dash for the getaway limo with Katie.
What did you think of this week’s episode of The Bachelor?