This week was an episode where everyone’s true colors started to come out. Most of the girls kept their first impressions pretty on point (with the exception of Lace) on night one. This week we saw the evolution of some strong personalities. Drama, drama, drama! Ratings gold for ABC.
Here’s what went down:
Confessionals- Lace acknowledged that she was over served on last week’s episode and wants to redeem herself now in front of Ben. Well at least she isn’t denying that she came off as a raging psychopath.
First group date-
Day: Ben takes the ladies to school to perform an adorable obstacle course with riddles and games. First, they had to make a volcano explode by inputting all the right ingredients (characteristics of a great relationship). Next up, they had to bob for *red* apples, the color of Ben’s heart. Third, they had to place the state of Indiana correctly on the USA map. Lastly, they had to shoot the basketball into the hoop. Clearly, none of the girls passed geography because they couldn’t seem to figure out where Indiana is on a map. JoJo & Becca, Indiana & Pennsylvania are not the same state. Amber & Mandi take the prize. But then there was a twist! They had to race on the track to see who got to spend time with Ben. Mandi killed it, which was funny considering most people didn’t think she would make it past week one. But, will her alone time with Ben be enough to save her again this week?
Night: Ben seems pretty into Becca and she seems way more open to opening up and forming a relationship than she did on Chris’ season. Good for you Becca, things are looking up. Maybe she will finally shed her virginity on live television! That would certainly heat things up. Jennifer gets the first REAL kiss (I’m talking tongue action here). Sorry, Lace. Jennifer tells the girls when she returns to the table. It’s crazy how much the mood changes now that the first kiss has occurred. Now it’s fight or flight; survival of the fittest. Darwin’s theories are being put to the test before our very own eyes. The girls faces drop and some look more determined than ever now to battle it out for Ben’s attention. As expected, Lace starts freaking the F out. The kiss “aggravates” her. She whines, complains, *insert other annoying unattractive behaviors here.* She keeps claiming she wants redemption for last week but keeps acting like a crazy girl. How does that work then? Lace, 2016 redemption tours are only working for Justin Bieber. In confessionals, Lace asks “Does he notice me? Does he even know I exist?” 1. You are needy AF. No one wants a needy girlfriend. 2. How could he NOT notice you? Your craziness makes you stick out like a sore thumb. Lace does get her one on one time with Ben where she apologizes for her behavior so at least she attempts to fix her mistakes. Later on, Lace interrupts LB’s talk with Ben in order to get more time with him. Not exactly your best way to win over friends in the house that will have your back. This automatically stirs up drama and pisses off all the girls that had not yet gotten a chance to talk to Ben yet while she had two.
First one on one date-
Caila gets the first one on one date where she gets to go on a Ride Along with Ben, Kevin Hart & Ice Cube. I LOVE Kevin Hart. However, while I thought they would make the date funnier I almost felt like it was awkward instead. Maybe Caila was uncomfortable but with them around she was definitely quieter than I expected. They stop at a Hot Tub store to take a swim. Ben? Hot Tub? Sign every girl up. Meanwhile, Kevin Hart decides to go for a dip with no pants on… Welcome back Jillian’s black box! This time, over Kevin Harts “package.”
At dinner, Ben & Caila discuss what she wants in her relationship. “I want someone that complements me.” “I want to know I’m in the right relationship.” Well, I certainly hope you’re not here to be in the wrong one. Caila had a recent break up before the show from a boyfriend that she claims she was almost engaged to. I’m betting she broke it off when she found out she was cast by ABC (Sorry Caila, but the odds are not ever in your favor). Her and Ben shared a romantic evening where she says it has been a long time since she felt this way about anyone, But, I’m pretty sure the last time you felt that way was a few months ago when you were on the road to engagement with your boyfriend. Well, you can put anyone on TV with a one of kind date paid for by ABC and a hot guy and they will say anything after knowing them for 48 hours.
Second Group Date-
Day: Ben decides to take the next group to the Love Labs to see if scientific data proves that his chemistry with the girls is real. This shit is weird. Really weird. I would 100% not be able to take this seriously. Lucky for Ben none of the girls in this date have too much of a sense of humor and really took it seriously. First, Ben smells them like a puppy dog while blindfolded. Ben says Sam smells “sour.” Ouch. Next they test their “chemistry” with their bodies. Sam got the lowest score and Olivia (of course) got the highest. I can’t imagine how it must have felt for Sam to hear that a doctor said she was the least compatible with Ben in front of everyone else. Olivia was gloating.
Night: Ben immediately takes Olivia alone to show her where he is staying. The girls reference that it’s the Ben & Olivia show. The girls are definitely starting to feel bitter and jealous towards Olivia since she has the upper hand. Olivia is LOVING it. He kisses her when he takes her alone. When she returns, she refuses to tell the other girls anything but tries to get information from them. The rest of the girls are starting to get bad vibes about Olivia and I can see her about to become Villain #2. Sam expresses her concern about getting the date rose but how she would love to be the one to receive it. Olivia serves an underhanded comment saying, “If Ben is a big believer in science then I would be concerned.” BURN. Wow. Totally uncalled for comment but her confessionals show that she clearly sees herself as the frontrunner and is enjoying hearing the that the other girls are worried about her and is eating it right up. Later on, Amanda & Ben spend time together and she opens up about her children. Ben’s endearing and caring reaction is truly heart warming and shows that he really does have a good heart. Ben kisses Amanda as well. Ben is becoming a make out bandit! He went from 0-180 and is seriously scoring in some tonsil hockey this week. He clearly learned his new ways from Kaitlyn Bristowe. When giving out the date rose, Ben tells Amanda and Olivia how special his time with both of them was and gives the rose to Olivia. Ben note for the future- only talk about your “special time” with the girl you actually plan on giving a rose to. The other girl gets left feeling like she got slapped in the face. A serious WTF moment.
Olivia stole time with Ben again at the beginning of the night, which set off the other girls. She already had a lot of alone time with Ben AND she already has a rose for this week. Some girls had not seen or spoke to him at all and needed to get their last chance before the rose ceremony. You can tell Ben is completely obsessed with her just from the way he looks at her. He is in t-r-o-u-b-l-e. She returns to the group and says “Now I’m done and everybody else can have at it.” Seriously Olivia? Thanks for your permission. I think Olivia needs to slow down a little. She became increasingly aggressive over the course of the episode and is getting really cocky. She reminds me of Britt from Chris’s season. We all saw how Britt’s first impression rose turned into the most epic crash and burn of last season. Take notes Olivia. Her true colors definitely came out this week. Last week, she impressed me. This week, her cocky demeanor only served to piss me off.
Will Ben be smart enough to see right through her? Or will he find himself seduced by her Lace tries to steal time with Ben and starts rambling on about when she was a kid and she was funny looking, ending it with “there’s a part of me that I’m working on.” Pretty sure I saw Ben’s eyes glaze over in the background. I had second hand embarrassment yet again and this time she was sober…She keeps trying to say she’s not crazy but only crazy people have to justify 100 times on television that they’re not crazy. Actions speak louder than words.
At this point, I felt she had better odds of winning this week’s Powerball than getting a rose in this ceremony. Next up, Ben prepares a craft for Amanda and her daughters. Him & Amanda glue barettes together to send to them. Cue America saying a collective “Aww.” Heart swooning.
Lace gets a rose. ABC must have told him to keep her there for viewership. The audience loves a good shit stirrer.
LB decides to leave as she can’t handle being there.
Sam gets sent home. I guess he really didn’t like that sour smell.
Jackie and Mandi also get sent home. I guess winning group dates save you from everything!