Ben tours America on 'The Bachelor'
February 21st, 2012
12:45 PM ET

Ben tours America on 'The Bachelor'

It's "hometown date" week on "The Bachelor," which means on Monday's episode, Ben traveled around the country to visit the families of the four remaining contestants.

It also gave Ben a great opportunity to count how many plaid shirts he owns - he showed off at least three last night.

The first stop on the "hometown date" tour was Ocala, Florida, where Ben, dressed in his finest plaid, met up with Lindzi the horse lady.

And what better way to start the day than by having Ben and Lindzi riding a horse-drawn carriage? Lindzi tells Ben that if he wants to be part of her life, he better get used to horses. I'd warn him more about the horse droppings, but what do I know?

We then meet Lindzi's parents, who promptly challenge Ben and Lindzi to a carriage race. It's essentially the chariot scene from "Ben-Hur," only 20 times lamer.

Lindzi's parents take the win, meaning Ben and Lindzi have to pull the "oldsters" to dinner via carriage. I'm intrigued by the parents' "torture the potential son-in-law" plan.

That strategy continues when Lindzi's father waffles over Ben's request for a blessing to marry his daughter. Dad mentions that the family wants Lindzi to have a good, happy life, but doesn't actually say whether Ben will get a blessing. Later that night, Dad offers a toast to Ben, saying he would welcome him as his son-in-law. OK, that's a bit better, but still.

Our next stop is Clarksville, Tennessee, which is where Kacie B. calls home. Kacie and Ben are getting together at "Buster Boguskie Field," which may be the greatest name for a football stadium in the history of mankind. Ben is welcomed with a marching band salute, complete with Kacie twirling her baton - sort of like walking in on auditions for "The Music Man."

Kacie promises a "big day ahead," which includes mentioning that "Buster Boguskie" is her grandfather. She's already winning points in my book.

Ben then brings out the wine, as that's what winery owners apparently do on a regular basis. That may be a mistake, as Kacie warns that her dad is a teetotaler. I smell a potential sitcom plot, but Kacie opts to tell Ben to "be himself."

Dinner with Kacie's parents doesn't turn out well, as her parents don't like the idea of the couple moving in together before marriage. Kacie's father also warns them to take it slow and not rush into things.

Ben pretty much ignores those concerns and asks Kacie's dad for his blessing. Dad gives Ben the thumbs down, again urging Ben to take this journey one step at a time.

Ben looks to bounce back in Fort Worth, Texas, where he gets together with Nicki the dental hygienist. The date starts in a Western gear store, where Ben channels his inner '80s movie montage vibe by trying on various cowboy boots and hats.

The two then go to a "genuine" saloon - the kind of place that slides drinks down the bar. Ben then mentions "beating a dead horse," which is not the kind of phrase I'd be using in Texas.

The "bachelor" does manage to avoid plaid when meeting Nicki's parents, though, and everything goes swimmingly. Nicki's dad ends up giving his "total support" to the happy couple.

So that's one true blessing, one half-hearted blessing and one rejected blessing for Ben. If this were baseball, he'd likely be sent to the minors.

Our final stop is Scottsdale, Arizona, where Ben dons his finest plaid to meet up with Courtney, who's desperate to shake off her "bad girl" image to Ben and her family. Unlike the other dates, Courtney introduces Ben to her family off the bat, with Courtney's dad rocking the Rick Santorum sweater vest.

Dad tells Ben that he'd love to have a son-in-law and grandkids, and Ben appears fascinated with his request. They could have been drawing a contract off camera, who knows?

After departing the family home, Courtney promises another "big surprise" for Ben, and it's her first that doesn't involve taking her clothes off. She expresses her love toward Ben in a fake wedding ceremony, complete with vows, rings and a black bow tie. Between the bow tie and plaid shirt, Ben looked like a "Revenge of the Nerds" extra.

When it's rose ceremony time, Ben opts to give Kacie B. the boot. Lindzi and Nicki give Kacie sympathy hugs, while Courtney appears to avoid much, if any, interaction. So much for shaking off her "villainess" moniker. Kacie left the show quite confused, but perhaps Ben and her family weren't the right fit.

Next week, Ben and the three remaining ladies head to Switzerland, presumably to enjoy all the cheese, chocolate and clocks they can handle. We'll also have an appearance from this summer's "Bachelorette," Emily Maynard.

What did you think of last night's "Bachelor" episode?

soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Francine

    I never watch this show because I think you lose all dignity, your self worth, etc. thinking you can't find love any other place than on national TV, pathetic..... but I'll say one thing, this guy does not know how to groom o style himself for that matter. The hair looks awful, the 90's called and they want their hairstyle back oh and Larry the Cable Guy called and he's saying to stop it with the plaid shirts, get yourself a real 2012 style.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. FYI

    i read he picked Courtney

    February 22, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. moon627

    When Ben met Kacie's parents all i could think was "Run Away Ben ! " Too bad for Kacie because i think Ben really liked her best but her folks are still controlling her altho she is 24 years old. She is too "small town" and immature (baton twirling?) for him. I dont want to see her as the next Bachelorette – she needs to get away from her parents and grow up.

    i dont like Courtney of the "twirling hair" but you have to admit that by setting up that mock wedding ceremony just shows how she is out-thinking the other girls. But she is a "mean girl" who has already admitted to having mostly guy friends and few girl friends – not a good sign if Ben intends to take her home to meet his family and friends.

    February 22, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Debbie

    Ben made a huge mistake by sending home Kacie B. She has class and everything happens for the best. She is going to find someone who has looks, and brains.

    He deserves Courtney, she is absolutely mental.

    February 22, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. YWalk

    Ben is gonna get what he deserves, thinking with the wrong head here and she will have the last laugh when she dumps him just to prove how well she can manipulate this sucker.
    Guess that's why she is still on the show to create havoc, pity the guy who maybe some day will end up with her.

    February 22, 2012 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. Paula

    I can't beleive that Courtney is still on the show she is a real joke

    February 21, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • BARB

      Setting up the mock wedding was the stupidest thing of ever would have thought of. i hated Courtney from day one and she needs to learn how to treat other people if she ever wants to find anyone that could love her........which I doubt will ever happen. Ben needs to wake up, how can he not see this, especially after what happend a few weeks ago when he was being warned about Courtney.

      February 22, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Chris

    It is going to be like previous episodes. He is going to pick the wrong one and realize it later. Kacie, you are a much classier woman. You will find Mr. Right the old fashioned way. The model, will have her 15 minutes of fame, then be gone and forgotten. Can't wait for that day.

    February 21, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Linda b

    Poor poor Kacie I agree with the whole world you are in a class of your own , Ben can't get there with you. I had very high hopes that he would open his eyes to see what a snake COurtney is but no really he is so dumb. Kacie u will fine someone so much better.

    February 21, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Debbie

    kacie is the best she needs to be next bachelorette !,he made a mistake

    February 21, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ProperVillain

    Ben is the biggest dimwit I have ever seen on television. Thank the maker he inherited his wealth because I'm pretty sure, left to his own devices, he'd have an amazing career now at WalMart. Seriously, he keeps the creepy, brainless model yet dumps Kacey B, a girl who's family actually has standards and morals? I am continuing to watch with my wife just to see the ensuing train wreck but I am fully confident that he will choose the aforementioned creepy model (who is always touching her hair and doing odd things with her mouth...) because he is thinking more with his ego and manhood than he is with his brain. Here's looking forward to a tabloid non-marriage made in heaven!

    February 21, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Diana

    Ben made a huge mistake sending Kacie B home last night and keeping Courtney. Courntney is nothing but a fake she is all about herself. I don't think she would make a good prize for anyone. Ben needs to wake up and see Courtney for what she truley is, selfish, spoiled and Cold Hearted. Hope she is gone next week!!!!!! For Kacie B love will come your way just keep the faith.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Richard Fore

    I watch this show every week, ben is dreamy.

    February 21, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Madtown

    Haven't watched a moment of this farce of a show, but am wondering if they get paid? Obviously, they get a nice vacation, being taken to a few different locations. But, in exchange they have to sell out their dignity, which doesn't seem like a very good deal to me. I'd personally want more than a nice trip, if I had to endure the lifelong embarrassment of being part of this show.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • JP-VA

      I think they do. I read an article awhile ago where they talked about how much they pay the cast.

      February 22, 2012 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. Anne

    Alas...much like most past Bachelors......Ben is thinking with the "wrong head"...I hope someday future Bachelors will learn from all the others mistakes. But, I doubt it. Sad.

    February 21, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cleave

    Kacie, you are to sweet for him. Ben does not deserve someone like you.

    February 21, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Kathi

    Correction, Kacie's dad gave KACIE the thumbs down on blessing Ben's proposal, not Ben.

    February 21, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thunder Storm

      Is it just me or do you see Ben falling for Courtney hook, line and sinker? Guy's should really pay attention to women's opinions of some other women, but they never do until it is too late.

      February 21, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • JP-VA

      I agree Thunder Storm, I think Ben went for the "bad" girl right when she went all the way and no clothes... It proves that he is not looking for anything serious, just to have a good time. I stop watching, I can't stand Courtney...

      February 22, 2012 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • sharon

      Ben is a 'sucker' and Courtney is a 'player' and a con...........cannot believe he is so stupid as to fall for a girl like that and let go of kacie B

      February 22, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |

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