Bachelor Ben recap: Hot for teacher
Bachelor Ben Recap: Episode 2
Well we certainly gained a wealth of information during this episode, am I right? We learned that Our Host Chris Harrison looks smoking hot in trendy glasses. We learned that the education system has failed some of our front-runner bachelorettes in the geography department. We learned that even though I was unaware of an original Ride Along movie, the sequel comes out this weekend. And we learned that Ben has phenomenal taste in music, but a horrific arsenal of adjectives to describe women’s reproductive pheromones. Let’s begin!
The following information you are about to read is of personal opinion. However, if you or someone you liked on Instagram happen to personally know, sort of know, is friends with the Plexus peddler who is obsessed with Chip and Joanna Gaines like me and looks exactly like one of the contestants on the show…none of this is personal and I’m sure they are all lovely people.
The mimosas have been poured, last night’s false eyelashes are dangling from tired lids and Twin has deemed Ben as the “greatest bachelor on the planet in history.” Bless her baby heart and her twin’s for assuming that 50-percent of people watching in that moment thought that was her. The doorbell rings and one of the tall blondes rushes out to retrieve the first date card of the season.
GROUP DATE ONE
“Let’s Learn How To Love”
All the girls put on their distressed denim shorts (read: denim panties), casual white tank tops (knotted under the boobs) for a day at Bachelor High School. Harrison is plays the role of teacher. Forget about the dorky challenges. I would have set the school on fire and sent myself straight to the principal’s office for a conference with Our Host. Clearly there wasn’t time to find kindling, because the girls have quickly divided up into five groups of two.
The first challenge? The science fair. The girls have to “make Ben’s volcano explode” without giggling at the blatant sexual innuendo. They also have to use the right amount of potions (love, trust, appreciation, gag me) which is hard for Lace. According to her partner Jubilee, she can’t read. Snap. Also, YOU’RE OUT!
Next is the lunch room challenge. The remaining four teams have to bob for apples in a fish tank. Their partner has to bite said apple out of their mouth and drop it in the lunch tray. Twist alert: NO HANDS! Everyone but Jackie (the one that looks sort of looks like ‘80s supermodel Paulina Porizkova) slams her head into the surface of the frigid apple-infused fish water and tackles their Honey Crisp with ease. Jackie claims she was distracted by Ben watching. I was convinced she wrote “apple bobbing” as her biggest fear on the official Bachelor questionnaire sheet and undoubtedly expected her to later disclose a tragic incident from childhood that rendered her horror-struck at the site of apples, therefore hindering her from reckless bobbing. That was not the case. Team Paulina and Lauren H. are OUT!
Three teams head to the library for the geography portion of our competition. The challenge is simple: Find the state of Indiana in your stack of states (there were about eight of them) and place Indiana on the map. LB sifts through her pile, finds the state and slaps it on the map. Amber follows close behind.
And then there was JoJo and Becca. Heaven help them. I think they cheated to see which state the others picked up. Unfortunately, after puzzling out where Chicago was (bless them), they turned Indiana 45-degrees and plopped it somewhere in the general vicinity of Pennsylvania. I understand the the “I” states can be confusing (not really) just like the group of square states in the middle (come on) but as Ben said, “It’s not like I’m asking them to put Indonesia on a global map.”
It would be rude of me to not include this link to help anyone who may find themselves in Becca and JoJo’s situation. Take a break from Facebook today and try it out!
Finally Harrison leads the last two teams to gym class. All they have to do is make a free throw. Fifteen minutes later, Amber and Mandi beat out LB and Jennifer (the one who looks like Olivia Munn) for the win. But wait! There can only be one homecoming queen! Amber and Mandi must duke it out on the track. Whichever one hops over a dozen hurdles, crashes through a cheerleader sign (nice work ABC Intern) into the waiting arms of our handsome bachelor wins! Mandi removes her darling high heel shoes to run barefoot and absolutely spanks Amber. Ben puts his letter jacket around his best gal, invites her to sit on the back of his dad’s Mustang and charms her as they circle the track while the other girls stand in a line and watch. Ah memories.
At the rooftop cocktail party, Becca decides that the best way to redeem herself from the Indiana debacle is to show Ben how she can expertly shoot hoops in a tiny electric blue mini-dress that just so happens to match his underwear. He is clearly impressed by her athletic skills and secretly vows that his brain is big enough for their children to have a fighting chance. Let’s do this! She admits that she was scared last time — scared that she would be spending her life with The Farmer. But now she’s ready to go all in. Ben agrees.
Jennifer takes a different tactic. She uses her tongue to show Ben how she feels. When she returns to the general cocktail area, her lipstick smeared, Lace becomes aggravated and searches for a knife to cut someone. Her need to convince Ben that she’s not crazy trumps her need to inflict harm on her fellow contestants. She commandeers Queen Mandi’s time. Her goal? To convince Ben that she’s not crazy.
Lace: “Lace still feels that Ben is not paying attention to Lace. It concerns Lace that Lace didn’t get the first-impression rose. This date rose WILL go to Lace. Lace needs to tell him that Lace is a good girl once you get to know Lace. Most importantly, Lace needs to tell Ben that Lace isn’t crazy. Our chemistry is amazing, so this shouldn’t be a problem. We practically eye banged the other night. Can someone get Lace another drink?”
Life hack: Take the boiling bunny out of the pot before you try to convince someone that you’re not crazy.
Lace does nothing more than apologize for calling him out for his lack of eye-contact at the rose ceremony before Jubilee whisks Ben away. She tells him that she was an orphan in Haiti until she was six. He finds this intriguing, yet he never asks her why her nails are shaped into weapons. Interesting. He goes in for a quick kiss and it falls flat. She goes in for the redo and it lasts a little longer. When Jubilee returns to the party, Lace complains to Jubilee for stealing her time away from Ben. Then she shouts her war cry, “THESE B@!*$ CAN SUCK IT” before stealing Ben away from LB. What Lace wants, Lace gets.
Just as JoJo is about to go into the bad place because she hasn’t had alone time with Ben, our dashing bachelor fetches her for a one-on-one. He takes her to a helicopter pad, compliments her energetic attitude, promises to teach her U.S. Geography and then makes out with her forcing himself not to graze the oh-so-present side boob. He follows up with a forehead kiss which everyone knows is a total sign of endearment. If that wasn’t enough, he gives her the date rose too. You go Glenn JoJo!
FIRST ONE-ON-ONE DATE
“Join me for a day of surprises.”
Caila and Ben are nervously excited that Our Host Chris Harrison is planning their date. What they didn’t expect was for him to hand over the reins to comedian Kevin Hart and former rapper Ice Cube. I have to say that one of my favorite parts of the entire episode was when Kev and Ice walked through the door and the Kindergarten teacher freaked out with glee.
As with Amy Schumer and Jimmy Kimmel in the past, Hart and Cube’s purpose for being on the show is threefold.
1. They needed to pimp out Ride Along 2.
2. They provide comic relief and a barrage of short man jokes.
3. They make it hard to know if they are kidding or not.
The gist of the date is that Kevin and Ice are “riding along” in the back seat during Ben and Caila’s date. It’s like the Duggers who have chaperones on dates, except there is kissing and partial nudity. Kevin encourages Ben to go cheap to see how Caila reacts. He buys flowers from a roadside vendor. He purchases some hooch from a liquor store. They try out a hot tub (that isn’t on) in a store as the owner and Kevin (who is naked in the hot tub) stare at them. The bad news is that it was uneventful and not so funny. The good news is that Jillian’s black modesty box made an appearance! It’s like an old friend coming back to visit!
Kevin and Ice Cube eventually leave to do some more promotional work for their movie. Ben asks Caila what she’s looking for in a man.
Caila: “Someone who compliments me. I’m a dreamer. I need to feel like I’m in a relationship.”
From the mouths of 23-year-old babes. Adorable.
She does dig a little deeper when she turns the conversation back toward Ben asking him why he feels unlovable. You could tell he was not expecting that question, but he appreciated her asking it. Caila shared the story about the dude she met on the plane and how it didn’t work out because she “kept waiting for her heart to catch up with the epic story.” She follows that insightful line with, “It’s not about how you meet. It’s about the time together getting to know one another.” Ben nearly knocks over a glass of wine to hand her the rose.
Thankfully the night is still young! Ben holds the door open to an empty theater where AMOS FREAKING LEE is standing on the stage with just his guitar singing “Sweet Pea.”
I. Would. Have. Died.
Amos Lee is my jam! I stood up and shouted at the TV screen. Ben fan boys, and through a huge grin tells Caila that Amos is one of his favorite artists. I scream at the TV, “HE’S MY FAVORITE ARTIST TOO BEN! WE ARE MADE FOR EACH OTHER.” (You can translate that as Ben and I are MFEO or Amos and I are MFEO. I’d be happy with either.)
Amos strums the opening chords of “Learned A Lot” and Ben melts. This is his favorite song. He has no idea if he should embrace the girl he’s with or be in the moment of the song. So he does both. He mouths the words along with Amos when he’s not kissing Caila. I agree with her: There’s no way this dude is unlovable.
SECOND GROUP DATE
“Are We a Perfect Match?”
The girls head over to a lab and are greeted by Ben who is wearing Google glasses. He introduces them to Dr. Love and his team. They are going to prove that science can help Ben find a mate. You can tell that they are professionals because of their white lab coats, computers and clean work spaces.
Dr. Love shows each girl a picture of Ben and Sean Lowe. The Google glasses help him decipher if the women are more attracted to our fair-haired bachelor from days of yore or the current bachelor schlepping them along in his journey to find love.
Then Dr. Love makes them run on a treadmill in white cotton boy shorts and a sports bra for a few minutes to get their juices flowing. Next up? The smell test! This is when we hear Sush speaks English for the first time. She may not be a Russian rhythmic gymnast who escaped from her Los Angeles-based training center by hiding from her rigid coaches in a hotel conducting bachelorette auditions after all!
Dr. Love blindfolds Ben and makes him sniff around the neck and reproductive organs of the bachelorettes.
Go ahead and read that sentence again.
He explains that their glands are giving off pheromones and Ben’s heightened sense of smell can definitely help them determine who Ben is compatible with on an olfactory level. I guess he’s looking for that new-wife smell. Ben sniffs Twin and reports “fruity.” Amanda is beachy, while Olivia is sweet. A big old whiff from Sam results in the description of “sour.”
I. Would. Have. Died.
Even Dr. Love knew this was a horrendous moment. He tried to assuage the awkwardness by offering up something like, “Oh yeah! Sweet-and-sour chicken!” but the damage had been done. Sam looked mortified. And Olivia did everything, aside from shutting her wide open mouth, to make Sam feel small. Poor girl. She will forever be known as the one whose nether regions were compared to a fermented dairy product on national television.
Sadly, the date was not over. Dr. Love made Ben and the girls wear Google glasses while they writhed against each other, but didn’t kiss. He was looking for something in the thermal yadda yadda screen, but the best part was, THE GIRLS GOT TO WATCH THE THERMAL PEEP SHOW TOO! Olivia tries to break the rules and kiss Ben, but he’s too much of a gentleman to oblige. He knows the others are watching.
To no one’s surprise, Olivia had the best smell and Sam had the worse. To everyone’s surprise, Ben wore a hoodie under a sports jacket at the cocktail party. He takes Olivia to his hotel room where they “try that experiment again.” They make out and Olivia admits that she totally knew she was going to win. She feels it. It’s like heat in her stomach area. Or maybe it was the chicken she had for dinner. We can’t know for sure.
Amanda (the mother of two) is onto Olivia. She knows that she is manipulative. Twin wonders if Ben only likes outgoing personalities. He’s too nice to say, “I thought you were the outgoing one?” Sam turns beet red when Ben retracts his “sour” label and replaces it with “passion fruit.” And Sush tells Ben in broken English that she came to America with one pair of pants, two pairs of shoes and two bottles of Vodka. #priorities
Amanda finally gets alone time with Ben and tells him that she has two toddler daughters. Ben handles the news beautifully. He immediately thanks her for disclosing such important information. After all, if this works out, they are a family.
Ben. The King of Validation. As an approval addict and words of affirmation person, I would welcome his words like a soothing balm to my soul. Bonus: He seems genuine. Extra bonus: Hearts will be BROKEN this season!
Olivia gets the date rose and everyone is annoyed. Especially me when she says, “I don’t know what rose ceremonies are!” Her mouth opens so wide that I’m convinced she’s going to prove she can easily put her fist inside. That, or it’s about to unhinge and she’s going to swallow us all whole.
Everyone rolls their eyes when Olivia snatches Ben away to make out. When she returns, she announces, “I’m done know. Everyone have at it.” As if she’s never been on the show before, Amber cries about how it’s not fair that girls who already have roses are stealing time away from the ones who don’t. WHY?!?!
Lace asks Olivia if she has a minute to talk to Lace. “TAKE OUT YOUR EARRINGS GIRL,” I shouted to my TV. In her mind, Lace confronts Olivia for stealing time with her man. In reality, Olivia encourages Lace to go after what she wants. Lace interprets this message as, “Tell him a sad story about your childhood when your brothers did not acknowledge you on the bus.”
Poor Ben doesn’t know what to do with this information. As luck would have it, the Flight Attendant saves the day. She grabs Ben and they head outside to the driveway. Ben presents her with a picture of them together from the first time they spoke. WHAT THE WHAT?! He knows that she didn’t get a date this week, but he hopes that the picture makes her feel special. Boom.
Then he gives the Kindergarten teacher a first-place ribbon for having the highest volcano explosion and makes tiny rose covered barrettes for Amanda’s two daughters. This is what dating with intention looks like. That’s good upbringing right there, folks.
Harrison enters the sunken living room with this trusty champagne flute and butter knife. It’s time to hand out the roses.
JoJo — First date rose
Caila — One-on-one rose
Olivia — Second date rose
Amanda the Mom
I Haven’t a Clue Rachel
LB stops Ben after he gifts her with a rose. She basically tells him that this show is not for her and peaces out the back door. She was one of my top four. After 20 seasons, I still have no idea what I’m doing.
The remaining roses and one pity rose goes to:
Sour Sam, Mandi and supermodel Paulina are done. Ben walks Sam out, clearly upset that her pheromones are not compatible with his. She cries about having to be strong and wanting love. Don’t worry Sam. You passed the bar. You’ll be fine. You may not find love, but you will find a nice job with a respectable firm in Florida. Good luck kid!
What did you think about the episode? Can you believe LB left? Is Lace the bigger villain? Or Olivia? Sound off in the comments section!
Thank you to Jessica and Murphy at Star 104 in Erie, PA for hosting me on their morning show at the crack of dawn! I had a blast and look forward to talking next week about the Bachelor Ben recap!
SOUR SAM!!!!!! LOL!!
Bless her heart…
“TAKE OUT YOUR EARRINGS GIRL,” OMG, I thought the same thing, only I said, “check her for a blade first!” I knew nothing good was going to come out of that summons. Love your recaps, best part of my Tuesday!
Thanks so much Kathy. I know Lace probably packs a blade in her cleavage. Good call.
Can we please discuss the fact that Shushanna’s first English words were about whether or not she smelled like cabbage?? I spat my wine out. “Do I smell like cabbage? I cannot possibly smell like cabbage, because I have not eaten cabbage in at least two weeks.” Bless her heart.
I liked LB a lot, too. I was surprised to see her leave like that and disappointed we didn’t get to know her better, but think it was a respectable move. Olivia will prove to be the bigger villain, I think. Lace is crazy, but she endeared herself to me with that sad and unnecessary story about her awkward childhood and brothers who pretended not to know her–and the reference to Roseanne Roseannadanna from SNL, which I think totally went over Ben’s head.
I totally forgot about the cabbage comment, Julie! Good call!
Lincee, you must have died a little when OHCH showed up in his cute button-down sweater and glasses!
Also, Olivia’s mouth is shockingly large – we got our first glimpse when she was excited for the one-on-one date (which ultimately went to Caila, haha).
I did die when OHCH came out in his darling sweater and glasses. Smokin!
The Villans: I have to say that Olivia is like the girl we all love to hate . . . beautiful and apparently having all the right attributes to which men so easily succumb. She’s proud of what she has and knows how to use it!. On the other hand, poor Lace, although villainous on the outside, is really just totally crazy. So it’s difficult to hate her. I just feel sorry for her and when she sees herself on tv she’s going to hate herself!
I really like Ciara, JoJo and Lauren B. They seem the most genuine (so far!).
I think Olivia is the manipulative one and Lace is the crazy one. Olivia will be the one everyone says is not there for the right reasons because she’s one way with him and one way with the other girls.
Was it just me or did we expect the winner from the “school days” challenge to get coveted one-on-one time later that evening? I thought that’s how the challenges worked. Is it that there was no way Mandi was a contender so why waste the airtime? I was actually glad she didn’t get the rose. That wasn’t going to go anywhere.
Just when I thought Olivia’s mouth was at its widest, she unhinged it a bit more. She needs to learn that expression is NOT flattering. Whoa.
Awesome re-cap! You wrote everything I was thinking!
I’m pretty sure Olivia now knows that she needs to close her mouth a few degrees. Especially with that montage on the Bachelor Live after show!
Love your column! I was excited to see you’re writing for EW! One thing, I think Caila said she’s looking for a man who complements her, not compliments. Did anyone else think LB looked like Andi? I’m guessing Ben figures out the crazies too fast and we’re left with a boring season. Hope I’m wrong!
Oh gosh! That makes SO MUCH MORE SENSE! Thank you Suzy!
Yes! I thought she said compliments at first too then realized it was complements and my opinion of her grew tremendously! Amos Lee was definitely the icing on the cake– that was a great date.
Please watch the original animated version of Disney’s 101 Dalmations and try to tell me that Lace does not look like Cruella Deville! The jaw, the mouth, the teeth! It’s all there.
Kate Jackson…one of the original Charlie’s Angels.
I was thinking Rey from the new Star Wars.
i finally figured out who olivia reminds me of/looks like!!!!! it had been driving me nuts last week! but everything about her is jenny mollen!!!!!
Oh my goodness you’re right! Dead ringer!
I think she looks a lot like Cameron Diaz! The mouth goes along with it too!!
Yep, Cameron Diaz playing snake woman (the gaping mouth? wow!)
It’s the eyes.
When I first saw Olivia I thought she looked like Ivanka Trump.
I can totally see that!
I think she looks like the female character in Avatar. At first you. Think she’s pretty and then you realise there’s something off about her face, cheekbones too prominent, mouth too wide. She’s not half as good-looking as she and the show thinks she is. And those faces! That gaping mouth, the demented expression. Whoa is right. What is wrong with her?! She’s one of those women who everyone thinks is pretty but who actually isn’t, we’ve all known them. The package vets them by, but no sale.
To me she is totally Neytiri from Avatar (with a little less blue skin tone)! I so wish I could past this picture…but alas, apparently you can put pictures in comments.
Apparently you can post pictures!
Yes!!!! I found that same picture when trying to describe her.
94% on the quiz you posted (I missed the first one, (Oklahoma), Maryland and, by a small margin, Kentucky. The geography part of the episode was entertaining, yet so sad. And, most definitely: “We learned that the education system has failed some of our front-runner bachelorettes in the geography department.”
I think you should have gone on and on about Lace and what a tool she is. After all, Lace went on and on about how she hasn’t had any time with Peter Brady. THAT annoyed the crap out of me. And all those other girls were kind of gape mouthed about it too. Olivia’s antics kind of remind me of the other Ben’s season–I think her name was Courtney? The one who was the last girl standing? But Lace’s antics are very similar. It’s certainly not a boring season so far, but Ben seems very intuitive about people, so he may weed the crazy out quickly.
Agreed – she is very much like Courtney. She knows what she wants and isn’t going to let already having a rose stop her from getting more time with him and won’t mind stepping on other girl’s toes.
Some villains have won (Vienna, Courtney) so I’m hoping that won’t be the case.
I love when girls are respectful of each other and boost each other up. That is definitely not the case with Olivia.
He will keep Lace as long as possible. As much as we want it to be “reality” TV, we all know by now there are guidelines they follow and one of the first and foremost would be “keep the crazy one around to keep it interesting”. He will never, ever, ever pick Lace for anything, but he will keep her around for the crazy.
Did anyone else think he looked miserable when handing Lace her rose…almost like “the producers are making me hand this one out”?
Yes, and the hug was extremely awkward!
HAHA, yes, I totally noticed the half hug!
Olivia sure is the front runner. And she is getting the villain edit. Also I think Lace may go far, she is using the Courtney Roberson school tact. (she likely read her book)
I’m loving this season so far!
I think the Flight Attendant’s nickname should be “On the Wings of Love”
Loved your recap as usual.
I love it! And so does Jeffrey Osborne, I’m sure.
Didnt Jake have that song during his season, or the name of the series was ‘On the Wongs of Love?
Love the recap!! Olivia is definitely the bigger villain. I’m honestly not sure why he kept Lace, this is one time that I truly believe producers made the choice for him!
OHCH….totally hot dressed as a teacher!!
And Olivia’s mouth….unhinged!!!
Lincee – Great recap, but I Could Not believe he kept Lace Again! The thing is that she knows she’s acting nuts, but keeps doing it – As for Olivia, loved her in week one – do not love her now. That open-mouth thing she does is weird – loved Ben’s shower scene (very sexy)! Also really like Ben’s connection to Mommy – so cute – little bows! Not a guy who’s afraid to be nice, kind and gentle. SO, why is he getting advice from the Farmer? That’s just wrong. Can’t wait to see Olivia and Lace clash next week – Ben’s head will explode with these two! Thanks again, Lincee – Fun!!
I guess it could have been worse, they could have brought in Juan Pablo to give him advice *ducks and grins* But really, you don’t bring in one of the more recent bachelors who isn’t still with his choice at the end. He’s really not qualified unless he’s telling Ben what NOT to do.
And I swear, the only explanation I have for Lace is that the producers had him keep her around for the entertainment factor because nothing we’ve seen of Ben (or his interactions with Lace) makes it seem like he’s into her at all. She baffles and scares him by the look on his face when he talks to her, and not in the fun and mysterious kind of way. At least Ashley was endearing when she was rambling on about crazy stuff.
I find myself…oddly drawn to Lace but I think it’s because she reminds me of Inara from Firefly.
Yes. I’m sure that the producers made her keep Lace. Definitely.
I missed the first episode… And thought ‘what’s Cameron Diaz doing on the Bachelor’ when I first tuned in to find Olivia on the screen.
totally agree she channels cameron diaz thought that the entire show
It’s the eyes. And the straight hair. She does favor her though!
And the nose job. She totally walked in to the plastic surgeon’s office and said , “I’ll take the Cameron”.
It looks fake on her!
As for he mouth, I thought she was going to swallow her own head. I’ve never seen a mouth open so wide before. I didn’t know it was humanly possible!!
Yea! So glad to be able to give you my faves again this season: “He is clearly impressed by her athletic skills and secretly vows that his brain is big enough for their children to have a fighting chance.” Tee Hee
“She may not be a Russian rhythmic gymnast who escaped from her Los Angeles-based training center by hiding from her rigid coaches in a hotel conducting bachelorette auditions after all!”
And always love a Center Stage shout out: “it’s about to unhinge and she’s going to swallow us all whole.” 🙂
Thanks for the favs Bri! And way to go on the Centerstage reference!
I may have seen it one or two times… or more… 😉