June 28th, 2011
11:33 AM ET
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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