The Bachelor 20: Episode 9 Blog Recap


Ben has narrowed it down to his top 3 ladies and now it’s time to take his ladies for a test drive to see if they are marriage material. Crude analogy yes but so spot on. What else do you call spending 3 nights with 3 different ladies? Ben brings them to beautiful Jamaica in hopes that the sun and sand will distract them from the fact he’s hooking up with not just them but 2 others as well.

Ben’s first date is Caila. Now call me crazy but I have found that date order at this stage is key in knowing Ben Higgins, Caila Quinn, The Bachelor 20where they stand with him. Amanda was date 1 last week and she is no longer. I find the first up almost always go home. So I start off with low expectations with Caila this week.  It’s been a while since her hometown and Ben takes her on a raft down a river and things are awkward. Far from the norm between the two of them there is silence but not in a good way and the conversation is strained when it happens. Both of them know things are weird. Going into a possible Fantasy Suite situation this is not ideal. They stop of for a snack with the locals where things get marginally better and talk about her anxiety. Both of them know full well things need to get better at dinner. Caila looks stunning for the evening part of the date and Ben wastes no time bringing up the weirdness of the day. His issue with her is that she is always so happy and so bubbly and he wants to know whats under all that. Could it just be she led a pretty happy life with no major Ben Higgins, Caila Quinn, The Bachelor 20tragedies or angst? This is the Bachelor probably not. I mean for me I think that someone who is happy and prefers to see the bright side of things is a good thing. If I think the sky is falling the last thing I need is my partner to be all  Yep your right, things suck let’s be sad. I need someone who will pull me out of it which I think is Caila’s strength. We saw last week Caila wanting so badly to say I love you but ended up with I’ll see you instead. Tonight  after talking about her anxieties about the other women, she manages to utter the words I love you to Ben. Ben we all know can’t say it back, it’s against The Bachelor rules. But it was all he needed to whip out his letter from Chris inviting her to the Fantasy Suite. The two romp in the ocean a bit and OMG Caila was sexy as hell in her bathing suite (or was it just underwear) and she enters the suite in just her bikini. It didn’t take Ben long to send the cameras away, shut the door and turn off the lights.

Lauren Bushnell, Ben Higgins, The Bachelor 20Lauren is his second date and it’s the BEST DATE EVER! They take a boat over to an island and i was thinking oh lord, private island make out central but NO. The two are setting sea turtles free. They are greeted by  Mel, the leader of the sea turtle release program. They spend some time with him and playing with the turtles and they were so cute. Unlike his date with Caila  there is just an easiness to these two. They laugh and smile and Ben is totally addicted to her. There is no hesitations, no awkwardness. He’s a smitten kitten and the two have a fun afternoon saving turtles and just enjoying an easy afternoon. The end the afternoon talking about her hometown and how he started crying during his talk with her sister. He thinks she’s too good for him and she reveals that she feels the same. He’s too good for her. It’s the evening where things always get stressful.  Lauren has also not said the L word. Before things get heavy they enjoy some local music. Coincendatly the chorus of the song says I’m in love with you. She tells him that she had a hard week, after Hometowns she missed being around him. She, like Caila, is worried about the other relationships. She’s invested in him now. She has yet to tell him she loves him and he pulls out his invitiation to the Fantasy Suite. Back in the suite sipping champagne Lauren finally tells him she Lauren Bushnell, Ben Higgins, The Bachelor 20loves him. The smile on Ben’s face is beaming, his eyes are dancing he’s so happy. You can tell he’s desperately trying to hold back his feelings. When Lauren finally stops talking he tells her that he knows he’s in love with her too. You know the producers are now crapping their pants. Ben said what? To who? who let that happen. Now I’m sure it’s not the first time it’s been said in the Fantasy Suite. I’m sure it happens every time once the cameras go away and the two are alone. But now that the cat is out of the bag to two are giddy as teenagers. They are meant to be, their faces tell it all without even words. If he doesn’t pick Lauren he’s an idiot.

Ben Higgins, JoJo Fletcher, The Bachelor 20He doesn’t have much time to dwell on his date with Lauren because JoJo is up next. Her hometown was tense with her brothers on the offensive and mom drinking wine right out of the bottle. You can’t deny JoJo’s hotness though and Ben is quite smitten with her to. He’s said countless times he’s more himself with her than anyone. His date with her is all about alone time. Bringing her to a beautiful waterfall via helicopter the two spend the ride kissing and cuddling and the afternoon exploring the falls, swimming and making out some more. She wants to tell him she loves him so badly but is so afraid of being so vulnerable since he’s not allowed to say it back. Despite her fears sitting at the waterfall she tells him she loves him.  Then he does it again. He tells JoJo he loves her. Production is ready to just go home now. They’ve lost all control of their bachelor. Did he get told to tell her love her because he’s just spoiled the show I don’t know.  Lets not lose sight of the best part which was JoJo’s reaction.  She looked like a little girl, eyes wide not believe what she’s hearing. Ben has now just dug a trench that he can’t get out of and someone’s feelings, either JoJo’s or Lauren’s are going to be hurt. She’s so happy and I hate he heart could be broken at the end of this. Starting the evening the two are relaxed, The hard part Ben Higgins, JoJo Fletcher, The Bachelor 20is over now, I love yous are said they can just be together now. They do have one thing to talk about though, her hometown. He fills her in on just what dicks her brothers were to him and his only concern is he left there not knowing them and them not knowing him. JoJo does an amazing job balancing her dislike for how it went down, her empathy for Ben and defending her family.  She is so happy that they didn’t scare him off. These two are showing they can solve conflict that is refreshing. After hashing out the hometown her invitation to the Fantasy Suite is given. The retire to their suite and after some champagne and a quick swim we are quickly kicked to the curb

Ben9-7Ben now has some major decisions to make. It’s pretty obvious to him that Caila is going home. He just told two girls he’s in love with them. Caila on the other hand has no clue that all this happened. She thinks that Ben is her guy and things went amazing on their date. She wants to take the bull by the horns and decided to give him a surprise visit. He’s decided that as hard as it is, her visit is the best time to tell her it’s time to go home. He tries his best to let her down gently. He tells her he’ll miss her and she doesn’t want to hear it. After the obligatory walk to the limo she gets in then decides she’s not satisfied. She wants answers. Did you know this week i would be going. He tried to explain that no, as each person expressed their feeling it was his reaction to it that made his decision. That answer satisfies her enough to get back in the limo. She holds herself together til she gets there but the poor girl is devastated.

Ben9-8The girls are brought into the rose ceremony one by one each telling Chris that Ben told them he loved them. They sit there and wonder where Caila is. Ben arrives and tells them that she is gone. So two roses two girls, they both get roses but we have to carry on with the facade.  Then they sit there the three of them in the weirdest sister-wife hug ever. I don’t how you can toast sitting there with 2 girls you just slept with or beside a girl you know just slept with your man. Next week is Women Tell All then in two weeks we find out who Ben finally chooses.


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