The Bachelor episode five starts off with a twist. The 11 remaining girls say see ya to the mansion in LA and head to Las Vegas. Land of sin and sand, Brad wastes no time wooing his women. He checks them into a fancy schmancy hotel suite and shells out the first date card to Shawntel N.
Just a small town girl, Shawntel N. has no idea what she's in for. Brad presents her with every girls dream…a shopping spree. And not just at the local mall. We're talking Fendi, Prada and Gucci here. Brad, with an eyebrow-raising ability to channel his inner fashionista, helps Shawntel N. pick out some slamming outfits. Then, he piles about 50 bags on her shoulders and sends her back to the suite. Bad idea. Jaws drop and jealously bubbles as the other ten girls see the booty Shawntel N. has been bestowed with. Michelle cannot stand it, per usual, and mimics hanging herself. Oh, to dream…
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Brad then whisks Shawntel N. off to a romantic rooftop date where she completely grosses him out by telling him about her job: that of a funeral director and embalmer. Yum! She talks about draining blood and body fluid leakage. No matter, Brad is smitten. And yes, he gives her the rose.
The next day, the group date card arrives. This one's a biggie because whichever gal doesn't get picked will be stuck with the dreaded two-on-one date where, no matter what, a girl is going home. Why He Dumped You: 5 Potential Reasons
The chosen ones then head to a Nascar racetrack for their group date. Yes, Emily is among them. And yes, this is yet another blatant attempt to try and make Emily, the single mom who lost her race car-driving fiancé in a plane crash, cry. You know, since they couldn't get the water works flowing on Emily and Brad's first date, the heartless producers just try and try again. This time, it works. While the other girls are giddy and excited, Emily is clearly distressed. The girls gussy up in their racecar gear and buckle in for a ride around the track, but they keep cutting back to Emily looking bummed. Finally Brad notices and pulls her aside where Emily confides in him that the very track they are on is the same track that her dead fiancé used to race on. Awesome. Aren't the producers just a class act? Brad feels like a jerk and Emily is, as always, totally gracious and wonderful.
Through her tears, she gets in that racecar and faces her fears. Yes, the music swelled.
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At the after party at a private pool, Brad pulls Emily aside again, to the dismay of the other, highly emotional girls. Brad is worried that he won't be able to fill her ex-fiancés shoes, which crushes Emily. She tries to smooth things over, but Brad is still spooked. (He still gives her the rose.)
The next night, the two Ashleys get stuck with the two-on-one date. Brad, a self proclaimed Cirque Du Soliel fanatic, takes the girls to an Elvis inspired Cirque show. They think they're going to watch, but Brad quickly informs them that they are going to actually perform in the show! Just like Roberto and Ali did in the Lion King. (Hmm. Running out of ideas, there?)