March 1st, 2011
11:30 AM ET
Last night's "Bachelor" episode began with Brad packing for his trip to South Africa to meet the three remaining contestants. Brad appeared to be bringing just one carry-on bag - either he has a big problem with baggage fees or he's quite the expert on folding clothes.
As he soon as Brad arrived, he found himself stuck in what can best be described as an "elephant crossing zone." That wasn't the last we saw of elephants this trip.
Brad's first date was with Chantal, and the two went on a safari, perhaps to break in the spiffy new safari hat Brad was wearing. Brad was pleased to see a lion "10 minutes into the trip," although I'm sure that was guaranteed in the brochure. We also got to see giraffes, zebras, rhinos and, you guessed it, elephants.
Brad and Chantal later had a picnic with a hungry, hungry hippo wading in the water behind them. Sadly, they didn't try to feed the hippo white marbles. Chantal is then offered a chance to spend a night in the "fantasy suite" with Brad, and she accepts. And what a fantasy suite it was, if you were an eight-year-old boy looking to hide from your parents after you broke the bedroom window with an errant baseball.
The suite was a treehouse in the middle of nowhere. Chris Harrison is either a genius or a cheapskate. Meanwhile, a random lion looked on, bored by what it was watching.
By the time we get to Brad's date with Emily, he had a surprise for the Southern belle: An elephant, with Brad on its back! The pair toured the area on the pachyderm, while Brad noted that "the most important thing" at that moment was Emily's company. I would've been more concerned with the elephant bucking them off.
Brad and Emily had a picnic while the elephant played in the water with its friends. Brad told Emily that he's ready to be a hands-on husband and father. The two kiss, the elephants frolic and everyone's happy.
Emily accepted the "fantasy suite" invitation, but the two didn't spend the night up in a tree. Instead, it was an actual suite with doors and windows. Emily said she's completely falling in love with Brad, and the two kiss again. It was essentially the same scene as the picnic, minus the elephants.
Moving on to Brad's date with Ashley, who greeted him in extremely short shorts. The two flew over South Africa's lush greenery in a helicopter, and then had their own picnic.
What started off as romance between Brad and Ashley faded as the show went on. The two discussed Ashley's work and personal priorities, and Brad expressed concern that Ashley couldn't achieve a proper balance of work and play once she got her dental career going. Ashley insisted she could find balance and be "superwoman" at the same time, but even Brad realized he may have lost her for good.
That was confirmed when Brad requested some alone time with Ashley before the rose ceremony. He eliminated her from the competition, saying their relationship had plummeted over the course of one day.
Next week, it's the annual "women tell all" episode, where Chris Harrison promised more secrets from "the most shocking season" in show history.
What did you think of last night's "Bachelor" episode?
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