February 12, 2018

The Bachelor: Swirling Doubts and Declarations of Love

2/12/2018 Posted by Mel Got Served , No comments
Week 7

It's off to Tuscany which shockingly Arie does not describe as sexy. He's looking forward to wine, pasta, and romantic dates (in that order). The pressure is on because there's no Rose Ceremony and next week is hometown dates, so in order to move along you need to get a date rose.

Becca K, the one that didn't graduate high school in the last four years, embarks on the first 1-on-1 date this week. Arie and Becca enjoy a picnic in Barga, where he hopes to get the romance spark back after backburning her for weeks. Wonderful news: the passion is back and we get to watch Arie and Becca kiss slowly while sitting, dancing, and up against a wall. At dinner, Arie gets the 4-1-1 on who he'd meet and Becca tells Arie she's falling for him. The feeling is mutual and Arie gives her the date rose. Woohoo, watch out Minneapolis - Arie is on his way to bore you in person!

Knowing that family visits are the next step of this dating voyage, Jacqueline the sensible realist wonders if maybe she isn't that far with Arie yet. Hell, she even wonders if she's just falling in love with the idea of falling in love. Ding ding ding! Jacqueline goes to Arie's hotel room and admits she's having "swirling doubts" and worries she'll end up in Scottsdale being like "WTF have I done?" Sure she's attracted to Arie, the repeated goodbye smooching makes that clear, but she's not confident in her feelings and says goodbye. Arie is bummed because their connection was strong (oh really, because you didn't give her a 1-on-1 until week 6).

The last Lauren standing gets a 1-on-1 date again, which frustrates the girls but they assume Arie must feel strongly for her. Last week's date was god awful, but Arie felt like there was a connection at the end of the date so he wants to give it a try again. They bike around Luca, eat gelato and pizza, and play soccer with kids yet it's still boring as well. Lauren is nervous about introducing Arie to her family since the last guy she brought home was her ex-fiance and also she's not ready to get dumped again. Over dinner, Lauren tells Arie she's falling in love with him and he promptly excuses himself from the table. It seems like a bad sign but he returns to say he's falling "deeply in love with her" and gives her the rose. Well, that one took me by surprise and honestly I don't know what the hell is happening this season.

For the final 1-on-1 date, Arie and Seinne go truffle hunting with a friendly Italian man and his truffle dog. Then they get cook and eat dinner with Julio the truffle hunter's family and in exchange they must awkwardly answer questions about their relationship. After family dinner they have a second dinner which they don't actually eat. Seinne explains she didn't talk about love a lot growing up so to be so open is different but good. Arie is wondering if Seinne is really ready for this and then goes awkwardly silent while a clock chimes ominously. Seinne isn't ready for the relationship to end but Arie isn't feeling as emotionally connected to her and says goodbye.

With two roses available that means one girl is leaving the group date all alone. Will it be Kendall, Bekah, or Tia? Arie and the women take the briefest of tours of Villa Royale before taking solo time with each women to understand what their hometown might be like. Tia is concerned that Bekah is only 22 and not as serious as the other women, so she decides to tell this to Arie because there's no better way to fall in love than about other women's feelings for you. Bekah cries when she feels she's misunderstood because she does care about Arie and also she has gray hairs, just like him. Ultimately, Arie gives his first rose to Kendall and she gets to peace out until he sees her at hometown. Now it's down to Tia and Bekah who get dressed up for one last uncomfortable group dinner and some final pleas. Ultimately, Arie gives Tia the rose and sends Bekah home.  Honestly guys, I truly do not understand the choices that happened this episode. Do you?

Next week: calling four different hometowns "sexy."

[All images credited to ABC]