Last night's episode of "The Bachelorette" had Ashley expressing excitement about the latest show destination, Hong Kong, calling it "an island, a city and more." This makes Hong Kong the Reese's peanut butter cup of world cities.
Meanwhile, she's still talking about Bentley. In fact, she's mentioned Bentley about a dozen times in the first three minutes of the show. If you're still playing that drinking game I proposed two weeks ago, you've probably passed out at this point.
At the hotel, Chris Harrison tells Ashley that the show has located Bentley and ordered, er, "asked" him to come to Hong Kong and talk to her. Chris tells Ashley to not leave Bentley's room unless all her questions are answered, striking fear that ABC's primetime schedule could be preempted for the next month as a result.
Ashley and Bentley finally get together, and it appears that Bentley has neither shaved nor taken those elocution lessons I recommended he enroll in. Bentley mentions that if he did it all over again, well, I'm not sure what because he never actually completed the thought. Ashley blabbers on about insecurities and not letting go, and Bentley calls on her to do just that.
Ashley leaves the room and then announces that she couldn't believe she wasted so much time with Bentley. It upset her so much that every third word out of her mouth for the rest of the show was "Bentley."
We finally get to the eight remaining suitors, who are preparing for one group outing and a pair of one-on-one dates. The first one-on-one date goes to Lucas the Texan, who hangs out with Ashley on a boat. Lucas mentions that he can't imagine being in Ashley's shoes, which isn't a surprise given the heels she tends to wear. Ashley, still mentioning Bentley over and over again, gives Lucas the rose.
Six suitors are up next for a dragon boat race where they must recruit Hong Kong natives to be their teammates. Two suitors express concern that no one in Hong Kong speaks English, despite the fact that English is one of Hong Kong's official languages. After what seemed to be four days of racing, Ames and Mickey came out on top.
It's post-race party time and Ashley's talking about Bentley, reminding us that she's completely forgotten about him. She awards Ryan the solar executive the rose, even though the other suitors don't like him because he's too "happy" and "cheery." The show appears to be trying to make Ryan a male version of Vienna Girardi, but the plan is failing miserably.
The second one-on-one date has Ashley ordering J.P. to hug her, then spilling her guts about Bentley to him. J.P. compliments Ashley on her honesty, and gets a rose for not getting sick over the dozens of Bentley references made during the date.
Ashley is now so confident that she's broken free from Bentley that she tells all of the suitors about this at the cocktail party. Most of the suitors aren't amused, accusing her of putting them on the back burner the last couple of shows. Mickey is so upset that he asks her to send him home. Ashley responds with an ultimatum to stay or leave, and Mickey leaves. Whoops.
Note to Ashley: Don't give anyone that option again unless you are prepared to handle the consequences. For someone in dental school, she doesn't appear to be the smartest egg in the carton.
Ashley is so upset over these recent developments, she tells Chris Harrison that she doesn't know what to do. How about we end the show and start "Bachelor Pad 2" a few weeks early? That works for me.
Chris tells Ashley that she's in a tough spot and has a lot to think about. He encourages Ashley to "be herself" which, given her track record, is quite the dangerous proposition.
Ashley had to eliminate one more suitor at the rose ceremony, and that man was Blake the dentist, who had the biggest fit over "Bentleygate" during the cocktail party.
Next week, Ashley and the six remaining suitors head to Taiwan, where Bentley will likely be mentioned again.
What did you think of last night's "Bachelorette" episode?
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I like Ashley despite (or maybe because of) her insecurity and inability to judge Bentley's character. Could it be some psychological pattern that the daughters of alcoholics tend to share??? In any case, I do wish her well as she represents what a large percentage of women have no doubt gone through at one time or another. One good thing: she'
ll never be this naive again after the Bentley debacle. Re: sharing about it to the guys: JP was the one who could handle it so bravo to him. He does have class, is cool, and seems to like her too. But – Ashley also needs to discern when in fact "silence is golden" when discussing one's past crushes with current flames. Most of the other guys were nowhere near as secure as JP. Another lesson in discernment...I hope she survives all this and that there may in fact be one guy who is actually right for her at the end....
I'd personally like to slap Bentley for starting the "dot, dot, dot" phrase that Ashley has repeated many many times throughout the last two episodes. Then, I'd like to commend him. Despite his being an arrogant jerk, he is the only one who has realized that this girl has some issues that should be dealt with somewhere other than on public television where we all have to suffer with her.
Sorry to break your bubble James, but 3 weeks ago on the the official Bachelorette website, I wrote about taking a shot every time ASH said the name Bently.
Does Ashley deserve love..yes! Is she gonna find it..doubt it..She doesn't have a good judge of character..these guys don't want to hear about Bently..he used her..she was a free ride to fame..and she was warned in the beginning..very gullible..she needs a wake up call if she wants any of the remaining guys to hang around..nice girl..just she is trhwoing away a good chance at happiness for a loser..She is beautiful..inside and out..adn she deserves happines..
I feel sorry for Ashley as well, but come on, she was warned about the dude! There is no excuse for that kind of ignorance. When I heard she was selected I was surprised. I think she is a sweet girl but it was clear on the previous Batchelor show she wasn't emotionally ready for something like this. Who selects the candidates? I would recommend some simple psychological testing next time.
BTW, I love JP and Ames. Say good-bye to Constantine definitely! Good luck Ash!
Ashley really needs to get over Bentley and move on
Honestly, in all my 40 plus years, I've never ever seen a more insecure, whiney, ignorant chick than Ashley. Her stupidity is gut-wrenchingly difficult to watch. This is by far the most ridiculous, unenjoyable series of this show to date. I have a really difficult time with people this incredibly ignorant. How many times do we have to listen to her say the name Bentley, the guy she's supposedly over? And, what's with the name Bentley. What kind of a loser name is that? There's no way a guy could be normal with a name like that. They actually deserve each other. In summary, I have to say that Ashley is probably the biggest loser I've ever seen on this show.
Mickey is the only person with any sense on the Bachelorette, because he left. Ashley's infatuation with Bentley shows that this girl wants what she can't have because she is incapable of intimacy and desires a guy who would never stay with her. I pity the guy she finally chooses on the show.
FYI....Next week is a repeat.
Anyone with a brain cell doesn't need to go on national tv to find a potential husband/wife. Ergo, of course she is a total airhead...
I agree that all of us can and do fall for the wrong person BUT....enough about Bently already. I mean when she was on the last show, would SHE have wanted Brad carrying on over some other female all the while romancing them. I think not. Give up Bentley in thoughts and words.
Will somebody tell Ames to put his lips together . . . does he just have a lot of teeth???
What a hilarious blog, and so true. Luckily I wasn't playing the drinking game and so I didn't pass out within the first 3 minutes. I actually feel for Ashley. We have all fallen for the wrong person at one stage or another. Why is everyone being so hard on the poor girl? I have seen many friends behaving this way over guys who clearly don't deserve their time or attention. In fact, If I had a shot for every time I saw my beautiful, intelligent friends turn into cringe-worthy insecure morons over tools like Bentley, I would have become an alcoholic years ago. It's refreshing to see a real representation of women on a "reality" TV show. We're not all confident and in complete control of our emotions. In fact, the majority of us aren't. She is only human and she's putting herself out there, only to be abused by all you "perfect" keyboard warriors.
Ashley is such a freakin loser already!! Bentley is not even remotely cute, let alone "charming" so what is her problem already?? I am completely disgusted by the fact that she can't make up her mind whether she wants him or not. I would definitely be like Mickey and say PEACE OUT to the dot dot dot freak!!
She's blowing everything. Mind you, I didn't say everyONE. I think there had to be more to it that a couple of looks at old Bentley to get her so whacked out of shape over him. I think they spent some quality time. lol......Ewwwww.
My picks for the top two? JP and Ryan. JP will probably have a clarifying moment at some point. Ryan...will make lemonaide. The other one I think might make the third person at the end is Ames. He's great looking to some, not to others...but, I think he'd be an interesting person to spend your life with. He THINKS. JP on the other hand FEELS and he's my best pick. Just saying.
PS – They should stop picking on Ryan. He's upbeat and I love that. I want to be where he is, ya know? He's very cute too. The guys were just jealous.
Which did Ashley say more, Bentley or Dot Dot Dot ? All the guys would have been smart to follow Mickey, the only guy with a brain and a backbone. This season will not turn out well. Guaranteed.
whoever plans the outings – dragon boat racing? boxing?, comedy night? – ought to be fired.
These blogs are dead today
Ashley is a genuine person and hot, but she trusts her own instincts WAY too much. Her instincts are constantly backfiring on her. She needs to stop trusting her men instincts, bring a male friend on the show and listen to his counsel.
She is trying to oscillate between sorta her genuine person roots and trying to be a playa around the guys and doing badly with it. And she needs to Stop thinking but more importantly STOP talking about Bentley to the other guys. At this point, since its so obvious the remaining guys are second bested, i would stop taking her seriously as a wife and justs shoot to last thru the overnight dates and have some **X fun....
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