“The Bachelor” Recap: Ben Higgins Takes Women To Las Vegas, Olivia Has Meltdown
On Monday’s “The Bachelor,” Ben Higgins and the 14 remaining women went to Las Vegas, where the stakes became even higher, wedding bells rang, and Olivia had a meltdown of epic proportions. Get the full recap below!
For the fourth episode of the season, the girls were ecstatic to find out they’d be leaving the mansion in Los Angeles for a trip to Sin City. It was JoJo who received the first one-on-one date, joining Ben for an aerial tour of Las Vegas via helicopter. After opening up about insecurities that came from infidelity, JoJo was rewarded with the date rose. The night was capped off with a stunning fireworks display over the strip that had the rest of the girls jealous, especially Olivia, who felt that her “husband” Ben was “cheating” on her.
Twelve of the women were surprised by Terry Fator for the group date. The season 2 winner of “America’s Got Talent” revealed they’d be the opening act for his show at the Mirage, with each contestant required to take the stage to show off a talent in front of 1,200 people. Olivia attempted to go full-showgirl by popping out of a cake and shimmying in a scantily-clad outfit. When the act was far from well-received, the controversial contestant began having a “panic attack” and cried about the cameras filming her.
“I don’t know if I can do this, you guys,” the self-proclaimed “frontrunner” sobbed, admitting she “embarrassed” herself and that a “mortified” Ben only gave her a “pity hug.” Olivia continued to cry, “I’m here to be marriage material, and I don’t think I screamed marriage material.” At the after-party, Olivia told Ben she had a “complete breakdown,” and admitted after the awkward conversation that she now “bombed” again. That prompted her to interrupt Emily’s time with the Bachelor, and he assured her they were cool with a few kisses. But it was Lauren B. who ended up getting the group date rose.
The second one-on-one date of the episode was with Becca, who was the runner-up on Chris Soules’ season of “The Bachelor” last year. Much to her surprise, her invitation for the outing came with a wedding dress. Then, at a chapel, Ben totally faked her out, dropping to one knee and proposing, “Becca, will you marry… other people with me today?” As it turned out, he had gotten ordained, and the two legally presided over ceremonies for strangers (see photo above). After telling Ben that she was more into him at this point than she was Soules last time and impressing him with her commitment to staying a virgin until marriage, she received the date rose.
But in a twist the next day, Ben then went on another date, this time with twins Haley and Emily before the rose ceremony. The sisters are actually from Vegas, and so he decided to do an “early hometown,” going to their mom’s house. Ben admitted to the camera that he’s attracted to both siblings, but didn’t know he could go on with two sisters in the competition. Haley was embarrassed that pictures of her with her ex were on display in her room, and Emily made the pitch to Ben that she should be the twin who stays in the game. The unexpected two-on-one double date ultimately ended with a goodbye to Haley, which had both blondes in tears.
The cocktail party followed, and Olivia of course had to get her alone time with the man of the night, saying in a voiceover, “I don’t care about anyone else’s relationship with Ben but mine.” She went on to tell him that she’s “falling” in love with him, and made it seem to JoJo like he “reciprocated” the sentiment, even though nothing remotely like that happened. Not surprisingly, the other girls were once again peeved.
At the rose ceremony, Ben called out the women one at a time and asked each one if she would accept his rose. Olivia predicted she was “here to stay,” and she was right, as she received the final rose. It was the second week in a row she was the last to be called, which she took as a “message” that she’s the “best.” Left flower-less were Rachel Tchen and Amber James, who was also on Soules’ season as well as “Bachelor In Paradise.” They were therefore eliminated. Now just 11 girls remain, and they’ll all join Ben in Mexico on next week’s episode.