Monday night on ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” Ashley Hebert continued her quest for love with a pit stop in Chaing Mai, Thailand. But amidst all the romance, the saga of Bentley Williams still lives on. Who went home this week on “The Bachelorette”? And will Ashley ever give this Bentley business a rest?
First up, the gang settled into the digs at the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, where Ames noted that, “Chaing Mai is really the perfect place to fall in love with Ashley.”
Host Chris Harrison informed the boys that there will be mega dates on the line this week: a group date, a two-on-one date and the coveted one-on-one. The most brutal of these options is the two-on-one date, which comes with the tagline: “Two men, one rose; one stays, one goes.”
One-on-One date with Ben F.
In anticipation of his one-on-one date with Ashley, Ben F. said, “There is a 100 percent chance that Ashley will get kissed today.” Or will she? Ashley and her go-to winemaker went shopping at a Chaing Mai marketplace, then later visited an ancient temple, where Ashley forbids Ben to kiss because it would be sacrilegious. Ben gets a rose anyway.
It’s eight guys and one Ashley as the men competed against each other in tournament-style Muay Thai boxing. But the ever-enthusiastic Ryan got a little too into it and ended up giving Ames a minor concussion. Champion Blake ended up with a rose, while Ames ended up with an ER visit.
Two-on-One Date with Ben C. and William H.
Talk about a two-fer! Ashley sent both guys home on this date. William decided he needs to get rid of Ben C. (not to be confused with Ben F., who’s not to be confused with Constantine), so he threw him under the bus by telling Ashley that Ben can’t wait to get off the show so he can “clean up” on online dating sites. Ashley immediately gives Ben C. the heave-ho, sending him on a raft ride back to the States.
But once William had Ashley all to himself, it’s easier for her to see that he really is just a 30-year-old boy. Ash is looking for a man. She sent Will home too, then burned the date rose.
The Rose Ceremony and The Bachelor Who Just Won’t Go Away
Ashley was still yapping about Bentley, the 28-year old guy from Utah who broke her heart to pieces three weeks ago when he left the show. She told Harrison that she still needs closure with Bentley and she wants to ask him a few simple questions. Harrison can’t make any promises, but he’ll see what he can do (Translation: Bentley will be back next week).
A damper is put on the rose ceremony because Ames is still getting his head checked. But he returned and told Ashley of the doctor’s findings: “I was told that I’m totally in love.”
Later, with Ben C. and William already eliminated on their two-on-one date, Nick Peterson was sent home at the rose ceremony.
Next week: Ashley and her boys head to Hong Kong. And more Bentley coverage as this season’s heartbreaker is slated to make a return appearance to give Ashley that closure. Oh please, can it come soon enough?
“The Bachelorette,” June 21, 2011, ABC TV