January 22nd, 2013
01:06 PM ET
Just like with last week, we began the latest episode of "The Bachelor" with Sean working out. (Some higher-up on the show must have a crush on him.)
At the manor, Chris Harrison told the 16 remaining women that there were going to be three dates this week, broken out as a pair of one-on-ones and a group outing.
The first one-on-one went to Leslie M., the political consultant from Washington, and she and Sean started their date at the Guinness World Records Museum in Hollywood. Was Sean's date courtesy of those coupon fun packs you get when you check into the hotel?
Regardless, our "Bachelor" mentioned that his father holds a Guinness record for driving the 48 contiguous U.S. states in the shortest amount of time - 97 hours and seven minutes. Wanting to set a record of his own, Sean brought Chris and numerous fans to root him on.
Sean and Leslie M. were challenged with setting the Guinness World Record for longest on-screen kiss. Chris and Sean claimed the previous record was three minutes and 15 seconds, and was set in 2002 on the British TV series "Hollyoaks." Whether that's the true record remains under debate, as the 2010 low-budget film "Elena Undone" is said to feature a three minute, 24 second smooch, while 2005's "Kids in America" includes an end-credit kiss that lasted around six minutes.
Nevertheless, the "record attempt" was on, and the show went to a "triple box" format to showcase the action. Sean and Leslie M. passed the mark, making them the romantic equivalent of that giant ball of twine in Minnesota.
(Speaking of world records, hasn't "The Bachelor" already set one for the most times the word "awesome" was used in a two-hour period?)
Later that night, Sean and Leslie M. celebrated their record with dinner and adult beverages on the roof of a hotel. Leslie mentioned that it's "awesome" her parents still hold hands. Sean thought that was cute and gave her a rose.
On the group date, Sean took 12 women to Zuma Beach as he continued his "vacation on a budget" tour. Chris Harrison then dropped in on the fun, and ordered the women to split up into two teams of six for a beach volleyball game. The winners could spend the rest of the day with Sean, while the losers had to go home.
After about four hours of the worst volleyball ever seen on television, one of the teams claimed the win. At the time, the only thing I was sure about was that six women won, six women lost and all of America fell asleep after watching that abomination.
But after a break, it was confirmed that the six women continuing on their date with Sean were Desiree, Kacie, Jackie, Amanda, Robyn and Lindsay. Kacie tried to make her move on Sean with the classic show strategy of warning him about "bad blood" among her competitors, but Sean wanted none of Kacie's drama. It was Lindsay, she of the wedding dress at the opening cocktail party, who ended up with the rose.
Speaking of troublemakers, Tierra (the woman who got the rose right off the bat in week one) was at it again, pretending that the next one-on-one date was in fact the dreaded two-on-one, putting Selma (who didn't go on a date this week) in the unnecessary hot seat. Certainly what just happened couldn't be topped?
Wrong again, as Tierra apparently fell down the stairs (we didn't actually see the fall - we only heard random thumping) as AshLee prepared for her one-on-one date. The scene looked straight out of a movie featured on "Mystery Science Theater 3000," with the other women seemingly standing around doing nothing as noted medical expert Sean made his qualified diagnosis ("She might have a concussion"). Tierra eventually rejected medical attention and returned to the show.
Sean and AshLee's date took them to Six Flags Magic Mountain, where they spent the day enjoying the rides and games with two chronically ill teens who met online through the Starlight Foundation. When all was said and done, AshLee got a rose.
Sean had to say farewell to three of the competitors during the rose ceremony, but opted to delay the flower show to take Kacie aside and eliminate her in private, saying they were better off being friends. Taryn and Kristy, who haven't made much of a peep this season, were also given the heave-ho.
What did you think of last night's "Bachelor" episode?
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