'The Bachelor' goes to Switzerland
February 28th, 2012
01:01 PM ET

'The Bachelor' goes to Switzerland

Last night's episode of "The Bachelor" brought Ben and the three remaining contestants to Switzerland. As is the case when there are three players left, Ben begins the show by reminiscing about his time with the ladies.

First there's Nicki, who Ben refers to as the "dark horse." I presume this means Nicki is the Newt Gingrich of the competition.

Speaking of horses, Ben then turns to Lindzi, who he describes as "a little bit country, a little bit city." In other words, she's Osmond with a touch of Kardashian.

Then there's Courtney, who Ben says has a "weird magical force" that puts them together. It's called sexual chemistry, especially when they skinny dip.

He also holds her in high regard because she's a "nerd." Speaking as a nerd, I'm having a hard time determining where Courtney would fit on my trivia team.

Our first date of the show features Nicki, and since the two are in the Alps, the happy couple call on the show's favorite mode of transportation - the helicopter, of course - to tour the mountains.

Later, Ben surprises Nicki with a log cabin trip that she describes as "romantic." I'd call it a belated tribute to Abe Lincoln, but what do I know? Ben presents Nicki with a letter from Chris Harrison, who invites the two to spend a night in the "fantasy suite."

Why is Chris inviting Ben and Nicki? Shouldn't Ben be doing the inviting? Nevertheless, Nicki accepts the offer, and the two head off to the suite's hot tub to smooch.

The next day, Ben gets together with Lindzi for what he's calling a date full of "intense fun." By that, he means rappelling 300 feet down a ledge and into a gorge. At this point, the Mrs. opted to take a pass on this date and move on to something else.  I'm with my wife on this one but, alas, I must keep going.Ben describes this adventure as a "bonding experience," but I'd call it a good reason to buy adult diapers ahead of the date.

Later that night, Ben and Lindzi have a formal dinner at a really fancy restaurant, and noted fashion plate Ben does his best Bill Nye the Science Guy impression by wearing a bow tie with his suit. The two talk about vulnerability and opening up for what seems to be about four hours when Ben breaks out the "fantasy suite" letter. Lindzi admits that she normally doesn't stay the night with anyone but, given the show needs some kind of a ratings boost, she accepts the invite.

Ben is now taking Courtney out on what he's calling a "very Swiss date." Apparently, such a date involves taking a train, going to the grocery store and having a picnic in a field surrounded by cows. Courtney, wearing a sweater that may have come from Siegfried and Roy's white tiger sanctuary, ponders whether all the bad blood she's caused throughout the season will catch up with her this week. That doesn't seem to be the case for now, as Ben offers Courtney the "fantasy suite" letter, and she accepts.

We take a break from the action to update the public on Emily Maynard, who won the Brad Womack season of "The Bachelor."

She and Brad are no longer together, and now she's been tapped to be the next "Bachelorette" this summer. So what's a woman to do? Why not learn what it takes to be a "Bachelorette" from previous title holders Ashley Hebert and Ali Fedotowsky? Which obviously means having a back-up plan in place, as Ali's no longer with the man she picked on her season while Ashley has yet to walk down the aisle.

The three head to a special screening of "Titanic" in 3-D, where they proceed to talk through the entire film. If this is a preview of what we should expect this summer, I predict Emily's season to be delightfully dull and breathtakingly boring.

Back to Switzerland, where Ben says his worries have been laid to rest. Just then, Kacie B., who was eliminated last week, shows up at Ben's hotel room. Now we know why she didn't do the "Bachelor" media conference call last week.

Kacie says she's come to Switzerland because ABC told her to find out why she was eliminated last week. Ben said he and Kacie were "worlds apart" in terms of background, and that he couldn't give what Kacie needed. Kacie basically suggests to Ben that he screwed up in his decision, making her the 14th or so woman to announce this.

Kacie then warns Ben that if she chooses Courtney, he'll get his heart broken, as Courtney is "in it to win it." Given that the object of the show is to "win" the heart of Ben, I'm not seeing what the problem is here. Besides, the show's track record on successful relationships is pretty pathetic, so no matter who Ben picks, chances are things won't work out.

It's rose ceremony time, and Ben opts to give Nicki the boot, claiming he had "doubts" the two would become a couple.

Next week, it's the "Women Tell All" episode, which will likely consist of the women bashing Courtney, Ben being accused of having the IQ of a trout, and a few bloopers.

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

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    May 7, 2012 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. mrskool

    Dumb-bell-Ben deserves Courtney. Lindzi and Nicki are too good for him – and Kacie B too ! He is such a loser... 🙁

    February 29, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Marie

    Really Ben????? I really thought he was different from the other idiots that they have had on the show but I was wrong. If he is really that stupid then him and Courtney deserve each other, and the other intelligent girls have dodged a bullet. Good luck with that one! It will probably last a max of 2 months. Get ready PEOPLE magazine for the next "Bachelor breakup" headline. LOL!!

    February 28, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. barb2012

    Courtney: plain looking, deceptive, manipulative, cruel and breaking the rules. The new standard for the Bachelor.

    February 28, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lewnet57

    Ben being accused of having the IQ of a trout. The truth hurts. lol

    February 28, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • moon627

      That made me laugh too !! HA ! he kinda looks like a trout too – its those fish lips !

      And the Buster Brown Haircut doesnt help either 😉

      February 29, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Richard Spurtz

    Pretty sure this dude plays for the pink team. We need a Bachelor season for with a bunch of Carson Kressley types. Would be hysterical and get top TV ratings. Anyone else agree??

    February 28, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ProperVillian

    Is this the "fantasy suite"/"test drive" episode? Regardless, He's an idiot. He will choose the brainless arm candy and we will be reading about their breakup 6 months (give or take) from now.

    February 28, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sweetpotato

    Ben sure doesn't know how to pick women but he does pick some great plaid shirts or stylists from the show do. Does anyone know where he gets his shirts?

    February 28, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bonnie

    I am sure Ben will pick the nasty Courtney. He had another chance at finding a nice girl and he is messing with the worse of the worse. He will pay the price with Courtney. He deserves her..he is such an idiot. I am about done with watching the show forever....it gets sickening seeing all the drama and goofs these people pick. He should have kicked that Courtney to the curb in the second edition. A few of the gals tried to tell him what a waste she is and how mean and hateful she is...and he is so stupid by the skinny dipping adventure., he definitely has some issues.

    February 28, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. L Case

    The Bachelor is on national TV Could he get a modern haircut? Kids wear their hair like that in pre school
    because their moms cut it! Basically his features are OK

    February 28, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. cynthia whitt

    ben is only wanting fun and games how dumb are u ,courtney can,t look you in the eye. i hope he gets what he is putting out nothing) Kacie B should be a lot better off (SHE SHOULD BE THE NEW BACHELORETTE)

    February 28, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BBarnes

    Kacie B, was the best girl out of the whole bunch. Ben could simply not get over Kacies Parents' insisting on Not co-habitating prior to exchanging vows. Also, the fact that Kacies family doe not drink, with Ben owning a winery, does not seem to mesh......She sure was one sweet girl for Ben.

    As long as he does not end up with Courtney, It'l be Ok... 🙂

    February 28, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Domenica Gristina

    I can"t believe Ben still choosing the wrong women! open your eyes she is totalwrong for you!!

    February 28, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ECar

    Ben is a brainless idiot who is thinking with the wrong head. He's kicked off a lot of really sweet girls. And it's no wonder the relationships on these shows never work – the so-called dates are so beyond reality (well, the entire show is a break from reality). But I watch it anyway. Can't wait for the Women Tell All next week!

    February 28, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Adara

    I can't believe this stupid show is still on and people still watch it. Mean insult comment coming..3, 2..

    February 28, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • BrianD

      I agree...I mean really...in what world is it ok to not only date multiple woman at the same time like this, but sleep with them (or at least you're led to believe that). Just a pathetic statement on these woman who for some reason feel ok with that!?!?! Get some selfworth already!....And for the record, I hope this monkey look alike with bad hair does get that nutcase! They deserve each other..

      February 28, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      @Adara & Brian D couldn't agree with you more. Reality shows just have gone off the deep end. Any woman groveling for a husband on tv, well it's just a match made in heaven, isn't it. How many of these couples have actually worked out? I'm sorry, but this is just an idiotic premise for a tv show. I guess everybody does get a pretty good vacation out of the deal, though.

      February 28, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Richard Fore

    I never noticed: His nose is kinda crooked and curved. I wonder what else of his is long and curved? 🙂

    February 28, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Angie

    Love the show! Always am watching – but getting totally sick of the men choosing the wrong women! I bet he picks the one that everyone is telling him to NOT pick. Annoying.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  18. wormhole

    I pray switzerland keeps him. And that dum show. Now say how I took time to read n post in three, two,

    February 28, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |

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