Jillian Harris had three dates, a cocktail party and a mysterious black box to help her determine which four gentlemen callers to deflower on The Bachelorette. As the competition heated up, clothes came off and fists began to fly. (Well, punching was discussed repeatedly anyway.)
Hostel Territory: The men moved into their less-than-grand bunkhouse with an outdoor shower and a row of twin beds. Michael nagged about the nest most excessively but all were fascinated by the idea that a date-night rose meant they could move into Jill’s house for the cycle.
Treasure Trail: The first group date started as a mansion pool party. Brian immediately annoyed us with his “What’s up you, little hottie?” greeting and cat growl, but redeemed himself a little by working in a ninja reference when discussing Michael’s smooth move. Michael lost a few points bragging about the same technique and for assuming the rose was his. In actuality, he was a distraction so Jillian could sneak out and start the scavenger hunt.
The men were paired up, given a car and a map and had to find their way to Jill, who was waiting at the Crocker Club bank vault. Was it ingenuity or lack of patience that Ed and Brian broke the lock box instead of digging through key bucket? Tanner and Michael were the first ones to figure out the map, while others stopped randomly at the mechanic and inspected dumpsters. She called to egg them on, which resulted in the week’s best quote from Michael: “When Jillian said, ‘You’re still in it,’ I freaked. I peed a little bit in my bathing suit.” Brad and Wes arrived at the club first and she chose the country singer to dine with her. The others partied with each other and watched Wes make the move on her lips and get the rose.
Wes Side Story: Wes’s challenge partner did not get along with himand Ed didn’t see “any real connection,” but Jill’s attraction to singing bad boys made him a front-runner and target. His grammar was atrocious (“Most easiest,” anyone?) and many of the other guys think he’s on the show to publicize his music, but Wes was unapologetic: “I didn’t come here to date guys.”
Private Dancer and Concert: Jake was given the one-on-one and Jill, who wanted to see “spunk” from the conservative. He gave her what she was looking for by flashing abs, cutting her off with kisses, dancing a better two-step during a Martina McBride show and telling her about the kind of dates a pilot could provide. However he was polite enough to not peek up her dress when she did a Coyote Ugly bar dance. He, too, got a date rose.
Court-ing: A second group was taken to Venice Beach to play b-ball with the Harlem Globetrotters, who smoked the suitors. The pros chose Dave as their MVP, but Mike got the rose for borrowing a banana hammock, diving into the frosty Pacific and melted her heart with spontaneity.
Man Code Violation: Juan quickly got off on the wrong foot with the men for “lacking testosterone,” threatening to write her a poem, fake shot drinking, and for picking Jillian up and dropping her on the concrete face first. He was a wuss in the game and his rolled shorts and sleeves didn't help. David was the most annoyed by him. “Guys like that should get beat up," he said. "There’s no reason we shouldn’t tie him to a tree.” Yet Jill liked him enough to save him from Harrison’s black box. He was the highest vote getter when the men were asked to write down the guy they would most like to be sent home.
Party Fouls: Tanner P.’s foot fetish was out in the open and while she gave him a rose, she seemed disturbed when he kept forcing her to put her peep-toes on his lap. Apparently, he also rates men's feet and pronounced Sasha’s hairy pair the worst of the bunch. Reid claimed not to believe in astrology, but knew his sign worked well with hers. Brian got the wrong kind of attention when he stripped down to his birthday suit and jumped into the pool. Not sure what’s weirder: doing a humpback whale impersonation or the fact that he gathered the men to watch? It was also too similar to Mike’s Speedo strategy.
Four Must Go: Jesse, Kiptyn and Dave also seem to be at the forefront of her thought. Four had to go and Jill chose Brian (“I was bold and she didn’t like what she saw. It was chilly so I was hung like a light switch. Maybe that killed it.”), Julien (“You can’t dispute someone’s taste), Simon (“I should have made more of an effort.”) and Mathue (“This is one of the hardest rejections I’ve ever had") – Carrie Bell
Tell us: Which guy(s) are you surprised is still around? Who do you think are the front-runners for Jillian's heart?