The women are dropping like flies on this week’s episode of The Bachelor.
Colton Underwood is forced to make some of his toughest decisions yet as he begins to question who is serious about finding lasting love.
But before we can get to any of that, we have some leftover business to handle from last week. As you may remember, the episode ended with Onyeka and Nicole going to head-to-head in front of Colton. He ended up storming off before the rose ceremony.
Well, as predicted, he decides to send them both home.
“Rejection doesn’t feel good, but if I’m going to get rejected, I’m happy [Nicole got rejected too],” says Onyeka, laughing. That’s the spirit!
Little did Colton know, the drama was just getting started.
ONE-ON-ONE WITH HANNAH G.
The first date of the week goes to Hannah G., and it’s clear the women’s ability to fake happiness for one another has diminished.
Hannah G. scurries off to get ready as the rest of the women sit in their misery.
Once she meets up with Colton, he tells her that they are spending the day together at a spa (honestly, he deserves it after last week’s drama). The two relax together as they enjoy massages, facials and, of course, a few hardcore makeout sessions.
“The chemistry is out of this world,” he says. “Not going to lie, it’s hard for me to keep my hands off of her.”
At one point, they give the professionals a break, and Hannah G. climbs on top of Colton to give him a massage.
The two are feeling good going into dinner portion, and seem to have no trouble opening up to each other. Hannah G. confides in Colton about her parents’ divorce, which is something he can relate to.
“My parents are divorced as well, and just like you, I don’t talk about it a lot, I never got any answers as to why they got divorced,” Colton says. “I understand where you’re coming from.”
“Hannah and I have bonded over working through our parents divorce but opening up in general,” he adds in an interview. “I think it made us closer.”
He gives her the rose.
Tensions between the women are running high heading into the group date, since no one really wants to be there.
“This is my sixth group date,” Demi says. “So I’m really over them.”
Demi, Sydney, Katie, Cassie, Hannah B., Tayshia, Caelynn and Heather head out for the date, where they learn the ancient art of Vovinam, a traditional Vietnamese fighting style.
After learning a few moves, the women pair up for one-on-one fights, which go about as well as you’d expect.
“I went to sleep last night as Hannah B. but I woke up this morning as Hannah B-east,” jokes Hannah B.
Things get interesting during the cocktail portion of the date, when Sydney confronts Colton about her doubts in their relationship.
“I want to know if you can get there with me,” she says after expressing her frustration at never receiving a one-on-one date.
Colton reassures her that he’s “trying” and wants to see where their relationship can go. But Sydney is still feeling uneasy.
After he talks to a number of the other women (including Demi, who uses her time to call her mom with Colton), Sydney decides to talk to him a second time.
“I need more,” she says. “I don’t regret being here and I don’t regret what I’ve done but if it was right, it would be a lot easier than it has between the two of us.”
Sydney tells Colton she’s decided to go home.
“I just don’t think that we can get there,” she says.
Before leaving, she warns him to be careful about making the “easy choice” and not finding someone who is actually serious.
“Don’t be distracted by shiny things,” she says.
ONE-ON-ONE WITH KIRPA
Kirpa meets Colton at the beach for their one-on-one, where they spend their time actually getting to know each other (because honestly, up until this point Kirpa has said maybe five words).
But despite Kirpa’s lack of screen time up to this point, the two have fairly easy connection.
“Every time Kirpa and I are together, we continue taking steps in the right direction,” says Colton. “But I still have a lot fo questions and a lot of things I want to get to know about her.”
During dinner, Kirpa opens up about her previous engagement, revealing that her ex was saving himself for marriage.
“When I found out it was you, I wasn’t worried with the whole virginity thing because he was the same way,” she says.
After one failed engagement, Kirpa says the next time she accepts a proposal, she has to be 100 percent sure it’s the right decision.
“I see how it affects someone when you have to end it and I don’t want that to happen again,” she says.
When Colton asks Kirpa if she would be ready to accept a proposal and she says yes, he feels reassured that she’s taking the relationship seriously.
He gives her the rose.
A SHOCKING EXIT
After Colton returns from his date with Kirpa, he gets an unexpected visit from Demi.
“I’m not leaving Vietnam without making a big move with Colton,” she says. “Hopefully after tonight, Colton won’t be a virgin anymore.”
Demi decides to open up to Colton about her feelings toward him and admits that she’s falling in love with him.
“You give me so much and every moment that I spend with you it leaves me wanting more,” she says. “I now feel like I am falling in love with you.”
But to Demi’s shock, Colton decides to send her home.
“I appreciate you saying that to me,” he says. “There’s a part of me that just doesn’t know if we can get there. I just don’t know right now if I can see myself with you at the end of this.”
“I can’t sit here, and after hearing that tonight, put you through a rose ceremony,” he adds.
Colton decides to skip the cocktail party and go straight into the rose ceremony, where he sends Katie home.
While walking her out, she warns him about picking the wrong person at the end.
“You know who is ready in there and there’s some that aren’t,” she says. “Just be smart about those girls.”
The comment leaves Colton feeling on edge.
“That’s the third person who has said that there are people who are still here who aren’t ready,” he says to a producer. “I thought when Sydney said it she was talking about Demi.”
“Am I f—– missing something?”
The Bachelor airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.
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