If you thought Olivia was the only woman creating some major drama, think again. This week, Jubilee found herself face to face with one very angry group of women – and she wasn’t having any of it. (That being said, don’t count Olivia out just yet – she apparently spent $40,000 on clothes for the show, so you know she means business). Let’s begin.
The Sky’s the Limit on Ben’s One-on-One with Lauren B.:
Lauren B. got the first one-on-one date of the episode, and, to be honest, it was pretty spectacular.
After Ben picked her up at the house, the two hopped into the vintage car producers have Ben driving this season and headed to the airport. (It’s always a good time watching these girls struggle with their hair in the convertible.)
The two then took a biplane ride (an aircraft known for stunts, like twisting and turning), and of course they proceeded to have them fly directly over the Bachelor mansion, where the other women 16 women also dating Ben got to stare up into the sky longingly.
Then they landed in a gorgeous valley in the middle of nowhere where a single hot tub was set up just for them. It was very romantic (if you ignore the fact that an entire camera crew was also present); more kissing ensued, this time minus the helmets/all the other equipment they were wearing in the biplane.
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During the evening portion of the date, it became pretty clear that Lauren B. is definitely a front-runner – she’s sweet and soft-spoken and you could just see Ben’s eyes lighting up when she started talking about how much she likes “the really simple things” in life and how close and tight-knit her family is.
She got the one-on-one date rose (duh) and then Ben told her he had a surprise for her, which ended up being a Lucy Angel private concert in a barn. (Lauren, if you weren’t able to predict the “surprise” was going to be a private concert you obviously haven’t been watching this show long enough.)
The Girls Play Soccer on a Group Date, Lots of Jokes About Balls Ensue
Next, Ben went on a group date with Amanda, Haley, Jennifer, Shushanna, Leah, Amber, Lauren H., Olivia, Jamie, Rachel, Lace and Emily. Of course, because even a charming Bachelor like Ben can’t handle a full day juggling 12 women all at once, they had the women split up in two teams of six for a game of soccer at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – and the twist was only the winning team would get to go on the evening portion of the date.
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Even with coaches like Alex Morgan and Kelly O’Hara, two members of the U.S. National Soccer Team that won the World Cup last year, the women struggled, and they struggled hard – which of course led to plenty of ball jokes, like “I have zero ball-handling skills” and Emily’s more aggressive comment that “Balls flying at your face is never fun, but if I have to hurt myself, I’ll hurt myself.”
After a sudden-death win, half of the group went on to enjoy an evening with Ben – including Olivia, already a well-established villain this season, who decided to steal Ben away immediately after they all settled down on the couch together.
The two went upstairs to canoodle in a hotel room and just as Olivia started to tell Ben that the other girls are intimidated by her and pretending she doesn’t know why, the scene cut to the other ladies mid-gossip session about Olivia’s “fat toes.” (We could barely type that one out with a straight face.)
Jami, clearly Olivia’s ally, pulled her aside as soon as she could and relayed all the mean things the others had said about her, but Olivia really DGAF, responding: “Perfection is so lame.”
Eventually, the group date rose went to Amber after she had her first kiss with Ben, but Olivia wasn’t fazed because in Olivia’s mind she’s already won the whole season and is probably figuring out what she wants to name her first child with Ben.
Ben’s One-on-One with Jubilee Has Got the Other Women Feeling Some Type of Way
Back at the mansion, there were three women left in the running for the second one-on-one date: Becca, JoJo and Jubilee. Jubilee was selected and that was when things started to get very “awko-taco,” in the words of Jami.
As Ben stopped by the house to pick up Jubilee, who had already labeled herself as “more complicated than anyone here,” she ended up making a few jokes that rubbed the rest of the women the wrong way, like calling out Ben for getting there 20 minutes late and offering up her date to the others when she found out they had to get into a helicopter since she’s afraid of heights.
Ben and Jubilee ended up at Cal-a-Vie Health Spa in Vista, California, where they spent the day getting to know each other, trying new food and hanging out in the hot tub.
As the day went on, Jubilee – who admitted there’s always a level of discomfort for her when she’s around people and has trouble being completely open – seemed to warm up as she became more comfortable around Ben, saying he might be the first person who really “gets” her.
During the evening portion of the date, things got very intense as Jubilee opened up about her childhood (she was born in Haiti and later adopted, and now she’s a war veteran), and how she struggles with a lot of guilt because she’s the only person from her birth family who survived.
Ben, clearly intrigued by Jubilee’s “layers,” offered her the date rose – which came as a complete shock to the rest of the women, who expected to wake up the next day with Jubilee gone.
One Very Emotional Cocktail Party
Based on the major divide forming between Jubilee and rest of the women, it was pretty obvious that things were about to go down during this week’s cocktail party and rose ceremony – but the evening was given even more weight when Ben arrived and announced the sad news that he had found out that morning that two people very close to his family had passed away in a plane crash.
The first person to steal Ben away was Olivia – surprise, surprise – but instead of offering some comfort and consolation for his loss, Olivia decided this was the right time to open up to him about her “cankles.” (Clearly the “fat toes” comment got to her.)
Raise your hand if watching Olivia actually in tears over how it’s so hard “to be strong all the time” because she hates her legs when Ben had just lost two special people in his life was one of the most cringeworthy things you’ve ever seen.
Once that was over, Jubilee grabbed Ben away and snuck him off to a massage table and rubbing his back in an effort to make him feel better. When the other women noticed what was going on, heads rolled – the ladies were absolutely fuming since Jubilee already had a rose and was still getting in alone time with Ben.
Amber then decided to call Jubilee over to the group of women wanting to confront her, but Jubilee refused “to do a girl chat” and stormed off in a fury, locking herself up in a room upstairs.
Ben, feeling responsible, went to talk to Jubilee and figure out what was going on. Amber joined them and explained that the others were offended by some of the “ungrateful” comments Jubilee made when leaving on her date with Ben.
At this point, Ben decided to shut all the drama down, saying what he likes about Jubilee “is that she doesn’t walk on eggshells,” and that he wants her to feel like she can be open since that’s the only way he’ll know who she is. (Go Ben!)
After that spat was settled, Ben finally sat down with the women in preparation for the rose ceremony, thinking the drama was over – but alas, “50 shades of crazy” Lace decided this was her moment to pull him aside for a talk.
Lace – in tears – ended up admitting this experience made her realize she has a lot of work to do on herself, and she left the show.
The rose ceremony followed shortly afterwards and ultimately, Shushanna and Jami ended up getting sent home, with both women shedding a few tears.
That’s all for now, but there’s plenty to come. See you next week!
The Bachelor airs Monday (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.