Brad and the girls go wild in Costa Rica, where backstabbing, gossip, and insects thrive.
Hola! This week, The Bachelor and his bevy of babes heads south of the border to a beautiful land untouched by the grimy hands of reality TV: Costa Rica. From the get-go, Brad's a wreck. His heart's aflutter for every one of his chicas. The ladies are equally smitten... until the first date card arrives for Chantal O. She's ecstatic, naturally. But her arch nemesis, Michelle, hopes that Chantal gets attacked by monkeys.
Brad picks her up and they head for a helicopter (of course), where he takes Chantal deep in the jungle to the world's longest zip-line course. After frolicking in the rainforest, they sit down to a romantic dinner. All is perfect... until it starts pouring. Running for their lives to save their hairdos and fancy glasses of wine, the couple escapes to the solace of Brad's room. Chantal, dripping wet, changes into one of Brad's white shirts, which makes Brad completely goo goo. Yes, she gets a rose. 5 Cardinal Fashion Rules According To Men
Back at the house, Vienna, er, Michelle talks smack about Chantal O. to Emily. Emily, class act that she is, has nothing to say.
The next day, the gaggle of girls meet Brad for the group date. He tells them they'll be rappelling down a waterfall. Fun, right? Well, not for Jackie, who's afraid of heights. And certainly not for Michelle, who gets super pissed at Brad because they made a pact never to rappel off anything ever again without each other (FYI: Only people who have appeared on The Bachelor would ever need to make that pact.)
Regardless, Brad coaches and coos the women off the cliff one by one. Michelle is the last one to go. She throws a few punches at Brad in mock anger before he tells her that they get to go together. This makes everything better and secures Michelle gloating rights for a few minutes.
That night, the rainforest sets the mood for love... and spiders. The gang heads to a steamy lagoon where they all strip down to their bikinis. Brad spends some QT with Emily, where she admits that she sabotages every relationship she has. This scares Brad, but they make out anyway.
He sits down with Michelle, and she won't shut up about Chantal O. Brad starts to get annoyed. He basically tells her to STFU and mind her own business.
Not having had a great time with any lady, Brad chooses not to hand out a rose. Oh, snap!
The next day, Brad shows up with a horse and whisks Alli away on her first one-on-one. He takes her to a 40-million-year-old cave full of Alli's least favorite thing: crunchy jungle bugs. And bats. Angry bats that hate reality stars. They fly everywhere, scaring the romance right out of Brad and Alli.
Later, the two sit down for dinner on a lily pad. Seriously. It looks they're floating on water. While Alli is super cute and charming, Brad just isn't feeling a connection. For the first time this season, Brad doesn't hand over a rose. Alli's sent packing.
A pensive and brooding Brad then retreats to his room for a little thoughtful contemplation and alone time, when lo and behold, a knock at his door. When he opens it, who should be standing there but Michelle? She invites herself in and pounces on her prey. She starts dishing dirt on the other girls, telling Brad exactly what he should do. Is this getting old, or does Brad still eat it up? Only the rose ceremony will tell.
The next night, emotions are running high and Brad's manties are in a serious bunch. He's determined to get down to business at the cocktail party and get some answers from these girls. He sits down with Emily, who confirms that, yes she's into him. Then he pulls Michelle aside and tells her that her combative attitude is ruining his attraction.
Just when he thinks all is lost, Chantal O. pulls Brad aside and tells him that she loves him. While he doesn't reciprocate, he is very glad she told him. Get Your Man To Open Up
The dreaded rose ceremony begins and Brad has to make a cut. Just one girl will go home this time. The drama plays out like Michelle will be booted, but Jackie, the artist from Manhattan, gets sent packing.
Other than Michelle, Brad has some mighty fine women competing for his heart. Next week they head to Anguilla for some romancin' and rose ceremonies.