February 12th, 2013
12:19 PM ET
We began Monday's episode of "The Bachelor" with Sean breaking the rules once again, even though I'm pretty sure there aren't many rules on this show to begin with.
Rather than fly to the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands by himself, Sean chose to travel with the six remaining women. (Not shown: Sean explaining to the ladies where exactly St. Croix is.)
With just six women left, everyone was up for a date. However, three of the women were destined for a group date, one where a single rose would be on the line.
The first date went to AshLee, who joined Sean for a little diving followed by a candlelit dinner at the beach. As I tried to stay awake, AshLee announced that she had a "shocking" secret to tell Sean. Maybe the "L" in her first name isn't capitalized after all? Or maybe she and 2012 "Bachelorette" winner Jef Holm have joined forces to promote irregular spelling?
Not by a longshot. AshLee revealed that she got married while a junior in high school and then got divorced a year later. Sean told her not to worry - there's at least one contestant each season who admits to marrying too young - and the two smooch.
Let's move on to this season's villain, Tierra. Like her or not (and most viewers don't), Tierra makes good "reality" television. She speaks her mind, knows how to cause conflict and can play multiple sides depending on the situation.
Tierra was off to a good start on Monday's episode by insisting on a roll-away bed in the ladies' suite, saying she didn't want to share the same bedroom with her rivals. She also accused 32-year-old AshLee of being a "cougar," meaning that the standards for using that phrase have really fallen over the years.
The good news was that Tierra finally got the one-on-one date she's been waiting for since, well, the beginning of the show. Unfortunately, she whined about the prospect of spending it on the streets of St. Croix with all "the bugs and the sweatiness." While Tierra had a point - admittedly, the "resort dates" can be quite predictable - mocking it wasn't going to help her cause.
Sean didn't help when, during their date, he constantly pressed Tierra on why she behaves the way she does toward the other girls. Tierra realized that AshLee spoke poorly of her during her time with Sean, so this led to a confrontation at the suite a few days later. Tierra whined about her inability to control her eyebrows, accused the other women of trash-talking her, and generally made a fool of herself.
Just then, Sean walked in! (That always works out on this show, doesn't it?) Turns out Sean wanted Tierra to meet his sister, who just happened to show up on St. Croix to give him sage advice like, "don't end up with the girl that no one likes." What the sister says goes, so Sean sent Tierra packing and placed her in the "minivan of shame."
Tierra's meltdown and departure saved what was essentially a dull show that was more or less devoted to promoting U.S. Virgin Islands tourism. The three-on-one date consisted of Sean taking Desiree, Lindsay and Catherine on an all-day tour of the island. Based on that date, the only things to do in St. Croix are staring at water, eating, looking at animals and staring at more water. Lindsay won the rose.
As for Lesley the D.C. political consultant, she went on a tour of the Estate Mount Washington Plantation with Sean, but was unable to express her love to him. And for that, she got the boot during the rose ceremony.
Next week, it's the hometown dates, plus a bonus episode where "Sean tells all." Given that he's being interviewed before the "Final Three" episode is shown, I'm guessing his confessions will consist of Tierra, a blooper reel and Chris Harrison reminding viewers that this season is the "most shocking" in "Bachelor" history.
What did you think of last night's "Bachelor" episode?
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