June 14th, 2011
12:04 PM ET
I watched a debate last night, but it wasn't the one from New Hampshire. This debate occurred in Phuket, Thailand, and focused on the following topic: "Bachelorette" Ashley Hebert will shake off Bentley's not-so surprising departure and move on with her search for love.
After two hours of back and forth, the answer to that resolution remained up in the air. But how did we actually get here?
Host Chris Harrison told the 12 remaining suitors that Ashley wants a fresh start, and it would be in Thailand. The men are quite excited about this, even though most of them couldn't find Thailand on a map.
Ashley, whose knowledge of Asia may be limited to the band that sang "Heat of the Moment," laments that she still misses Bentley, but is ready to move on.
This week's show features one group and a pair of one-on-one dates. The first solo date goes to Constantine, the Georgia restaurant owner we haven't heard a peep from since the premiere. Ashley decides to take Constantine on a boat ride to a private beach, but it got called off due to stormy weather. Will Chris have to declare this the shortest date in "Bachelorette" history?
Not so fast, as the two opt to go shopping together, where Constantine expresses a love for orange shorts. In the meantime, Ashley is thinking about Bentley. In fact, she likes Constantine so much she has to mention Bentley multiple times as well!
Later that night, Constantine, who likes saying "like" a lot, says he really enjoys spending time with Ashley, who responds by talking about Bentley, as well as giving Constantine a rose.
The group date was the show's annual "giving back to the community" moment, with Ashley and eight suitors working to paint and renovate an orphanage housing victims of the 2004 tsunami. Looking to find a villain in a post-Bentley, post-"Phantom" landscape, the men feast their eyes on Ryan P., the solar energy executive who served as unofficial work foreman at the orphanage. Yes folks, the suitors are getting nit-picky over renovating an orphanage.
At the post-renovation party, Ashley opts to present the rose to Ben F. the winemaker, shocking many who didn't realize he was still on the show.
The second one-on-one date went to Ames, the renaissance man who previously visited Thailand to climb mountains and attend cooking school. He mentioned how he once hooked up with a woman at a shoe store, making him George Clooney suave with a side of Al Bundy. Ashley notes that she may have overlooked Ames if Bentley were still around. If you organized a Bentley drinking game at your home last night, this is the point where you probably passed out.
Later that night, Ashley admits to having "tunnel vision" over Bentley. Nevertheless, she stops talking about Bentley long enough to award Ames a rose.
It's cocktail party time, and Blake the dentist tells Ryan P. that the other suitors think he's too happy, enthusiastic and grating. Ryan P. responds by comparing himself to U.S. troops serving overseas, then tells Ashley that he's "bursting with a lot of love in his chest." Worst line in a romance novel, ever.
Ashley asks Chris Harrison if she could eliminate just one suitor this week instead of two. Chris grants Ashley her wish, saying there are no rules to the show (I knew it!).
In the end, Ashley bid farewell to West, a prosecutor and widower who I completely forgot was still on the show.
Next week, the gang stays in Thailand, where Ashley apparently has a surprise waiting for her. Here's a hint - you may want to resume that Bentley drinking game.
What did you think of last night's "Bachelorette" episode?
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