June 22nd, 2010
09:39 AM ET
On last night's leg of "The Bachelorette's" love journey, the nine remaining contestants arrived in Iceland, where Chris Harrison informed them that there would be an individual date, a group date and a two-on-one date.
Unlike previous weeks, the individual date was decided via the stroke of a pen. Specifically, the men had to write a love poem, complete with Icelandic words and phrases, and read them to Ali; the poem she liked best would win.
After much scribbling and grabbing Icelandic people off the street, the poetry reading was on, and Chris N. was ready to speak.
Who's Chris N.? Many of you asked that question last week, as the Florida entrepreneur managed to survive several eliminations without saying a word or doing anything of interest. After his performance at the poetry reading - which included rhyming "out" with "out" and forgetting his lines - perhaps it's better that he remain silent.
In the end, Kirk won the individual date thanks to a reading that included a few theatrics with his words.
(A note to the nine men from this creating writing minor - poems don't have to rhyme. Penning a haiku or sestina would have been a home run.)
Kirk and Ali spent their day in Iceland's capital, putting on funny sweaters and feeding geese, which is more of a plot device to get an 80s movie going than an actual date. The two then head to dinner, where Kirk talks about a severe health scare he had some time ago in quite specific detail. Never mind whether Kirk would get the rose - would Ali actually eat her dinner?
Nonetheless, Ali is happy that Kirk decided to be so open with her, and gave him the rose.
Six men were on horseback for the group date, which ended up at a cave for some spelunking. Chris L. gave Ali his gloves to keep her fingers warm, Frank got upset that Ali was focusing on Chris L. and Ty and the others wondered what "spelunking" is.
The gang then headed to a "special" lake called the Blue Lagoon, where they stripped down to their bathing suits and hopped into the water. It was like a beer commercial come to life. When all was said and done, Ty got a rose.
Justin the wrestler and wrist-tattooed Kasey were picked for the two-on-one date, where one of them would be eliminated at the end of the day. Ali and the men took a helicopter to the volcano that disrupted European air travel earlier this year, and then went to a cave for some one-on-one time. Kasey finally showed Ali his wrist tattoo; Ali, meanwhile, thinks Kasey's mother will kill him.
Justin ended up getting the rose while Kasey was left on a glacier, pondering where to find tattoo removal and diction specialists when he gets home.
At the cocktail party, Ali asked Chris N. to tell her one thing about him that she'd like to know. Rather than telling Ali his name, Chris N. mentioned that his guilty pleasure is Mexican food. Ladies and gentleman, I give you the least interesting man in the world.
Ali only needed to eliminate one contestant at the rose ceremony, and that contestant was Chris N., who stepped into the limousine of shame, ready to paint the town beige.
Next week, the gang heads to Turkey, where the men literally fight for Ali as one contestant is exposed as a true turkey.
What did you think of last night's "Bachelorette" episode?
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