February 1st, 2011
11:45 AM ET
Last night's episode of "The Bachelor" began with host Chris Harrison warning the 11 remaining women that things were about to get very serious for them. Apparently, the first couple of weeks of the show were casual and pointless.
This week, we have an individual date, a group date and the notorious "two-on-one" date, where at least one of the two women will go home before the date ends. To make things even better, all of the dates will take place at the show's favorite standby tourist destination, Las Vegas.
The individual date went to funeral director Shawntel, and she celebrates by wearing a Jennifer Beals "Flashdance" top.
Brad and Shawntel head to a Vegas shopping mall, where Brad tells her that she can buy anything she wants. This leads to a spoof of that scene in about 10,000 movies where people try on hats for comedic effect. Brad then presents 20 or so shopping bags to Shawntel, who heads out of the mall. If Brad were a true gentleman, he would have carried at least 15 bags.
At dinner, Shawntel admits to Brad that she's in the funeral biz, then explains how embalming works. Brad appears fascinated by this conversation, which reminds me never to ask this man to lead a discussion on anything. Nevertheless, Brad gives Shawntel a rose.
Eight women are on a group date to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to do laps around the track. One of the women on the date is Emily, whose late fiance raced stock cars, and whose driving career ended at the Vegas track back in 2002. Emily is not comfortable in this situation, and Brad (or a crew member) noticed something was wrong. After talking things out, Emily drives a few laps and conquers her fears, winning a rose from Brad at the end.
"Dancing dentist" Ashley H. and nanny Ashley S. face the two-on-one date, which Brad said he had to do. Maybe he couldn't handle remembering which Ashley is which.
The three go backstage to the Cirque du Soleil show "Viva ELVIS." Brad says he's a Cirque fan, shocking those who thought he couldn't tell Cirque du Soleil from cafe au lait.
Back at the hotel suite where the women are staying, two contestants wonder which Ashley is going home. Honestly, I'm surprised they just didn't say "Ashley" and move on to discuss the real issue - why is there never any casino action on these "Bachelor" Vegas jaunts? Seriously, they are in Las Vegas - couldn't we see Brad play the slots, or Chris Harrison placing a bet on his odds of replacing Regis Philbin this fall?
We return to the stage show, where Brad gives Ashley S. the boot, saying she will make a good wife for someone else. Brad and Ashley H. then put on their costumes and perform in the stage show. Brad was dressed in his G.I. Joe Halloween costume, while it appeared a Twister game exploded on Ashley H.'s dress.
History was made at the cocktail party, as Alli became one of the few contestants to actually eat food at the soiree, dining on some kind of cake. Thankfully, it was not her farewell meal, as Brad gave her a rose at the end.
When all was said and done, Marisa and Lisa were sent home. The two left the show in taxis - no limousines were available in a city where limo rentals are as common as poker tables?
What did you think of last night's "Bachelor" episode?
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