July 12th, 2011
01:02 PM ET
Ashley welcomed us to Taiwan on last night's edition of "The Bachelorette," calling it a part of Asia that few people know about. That comment seemed a bit odd, given how many "Made in Taiwan" items I've seen in stores.
Chris tells the six remaining suitors that it's the 100th anniversary of Taiwan, so it's very important that they're here (This is Taiwan's prize for reaching the century mark?). There will be three one-on-one dates this week, as well as a three-on-one date. The one-on-ones will not have roses in play.
The first one-on-one date went to Constantine, who made it to the final six despite saying about seven words an episode. Ashley says her relationship with Constantine is running kind of slow. Actually, it's so slow that Ashley has to buy Constantine his ticket for their train ride to a Taiwanese village.
Constantine loves trains. In fact, he told the cameraman that the train and the train ride were "awesome." A few more of those and he'll break Jake Pavelka's record.
Ashley takes Constantine to a lantern festival, where they make a wish about their future. For some reason, Ashley thinks Constantine's enthusiasm about this could lead to a future down the line for them. Maybe Constantine's just fascinated with lanterns and kites. Nevertheless, the two end their date with a smooch.
Ben the winemaker is the recipient of the second one-on-one date, and he and Ashley are touring a local park on a moped. Ben says the ride seems straight out of a fairy tale, although I don't think Mother Goose ever wrote about mopeds. Ben's date with Ashley went so well, that he didn't return to the hotel until the next morning.
J.P., Ames and Lucas are on the group date, which involved taking wedding photos with Ashley. (Side note: Didn't Ashley practice getting married in Las Vegas a few weeks ago?)
The men put on their wedding gear - Lucas in a Taiwanese floor-length gown, Ames in a tux that resembles something one would've worn to prom in 1976, and J.P. in a traditional black tux that looked to be a tad small for him. J.P. continues to rage over being on a group date - perhaps it has something to do with the growth spurt he had in the dressing room.
J.P. admits to Ashley at the post-date party that he was jealous about Ben's overnight soiree and the other men on the group date. Ashley rewards J.P. for his whining and complaining by giving him a rose. I should note that Ames appeared to be an early favorite to win the rose, but his decision to wear what looked to be pink pants to the party sealed his fate.
Ryan the solar company executive was also thinking pink for the third one-on-one date, as he sported a very pink shirt for his day on the town. Ryan's fashion sense confirms that Donald Trump and the guy who plays E.J. on "Days of Our Lives" remain the only men on TV who can pull off wearing a pink shirt.
Ashley says she doesn't believe the haters when it comes to Ryan, but that quickly changes when Ryan asks for her thoughts about the environment. Ashley says a boyfriend once dumped her for throwing a plastic bottle into the trash. This woman has quite the track record, doesn't she?
Ryan rambles on about water heaters for the next six hours, with Ashley lamenting that she hasn't found "that moment" with him. Note to Ashley: You're not going to find it if he's engaging you about water heaters. Fiberglass insulation, perhaps, but definitely not water heaters.
After briefly picking her teeth, Ashley mercifully gives Ryan the boot, saying she's "not feeling it." Ryan mopes around the camera for five minutes or so, wondering if the pink shirt or water heaters were to blame for his demise.
At the rose ceremony, Ashley also lets Lucas go, saying they didn't have a "super super romantic connection." Apparently, Lucas was dumped by a seven-year-old. Ashley then whines and complains about dealing with the pressure, and wonders if she's worthy of being "The Bachelorette." At least she didn't bring up Bentley this week.
Next week, it's hometown date time.
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