ABC/Heidi Gutman(LOS ANGELES) — On Monday night’s episode of The Bachelor, Arie Luyendyk Jr. and the girls kicked it in Fort Lauderdale, which, as Arie pointed out, “…is a beautiful place to fall in love. It’s very sexy and cool. They have amazing beaches. They have great restaurants. There’s yachts everywhere.”
The tone was set for romance, Florida-style. The girls were staying at the W hotel and Arie came by and asked Chelsea on a date, and took her out on a giant yacht, which prompted her to exclaim, “I’m on a dreamboat but I’m also with a dreamboat.”
Maquel returned from her grandfather’s funeral in time to see Chelsea making out with Arie, which she confessed made her nauseous.
Arie had given Chelsea the first-impression rose, so he was looking to see if that spark was still there. Arie asked Chelsea about her relationship with her ex, with whom she has a son. Arie was moved by her tale and later gave her a rose and took her dancing in a car museum as Canadian country music artist Tenille Arts performed “Moment of Weakness.”
Back at the hotel, Tia, the country girl from Weiner, Arkansas, found out she got the next one-on-one with Arie.
The group date was an afternoon at a bowling alley. The girls got to pick their own teams to compete with the caveat that the winning team goes to the after-party and the losers go home.
The girls out-camped each other with breathy baby talk and preening and posturing. There was some actual bowling and Krystal’s team won but then Arie had second thoughts about the losers not being allowed to come to the after-party, so he changed his mind. Could it be because Bekah M was among the girls on the losing team?
Back at the hotel, Krystal pouted about Arie changing his mind and announced that she’d packed her bags and was not going to the party. The girls went to the party and told Arie why Krystal wasn’t there – apparently on the ride back to the hotel from the bowling alley, Krystal had a fit and called Arie a liar — so he went to confront her.
Krystal tried to explain her position and Arie countered that she should have confronted him directly because when couples run from their problems then bad things happen. Arie told her to stay in her room and not come to the party and he would see her later.
Arie returned to the party and announced that Krystal wasn’t coming and almost immediately, he and Kendall got some time together but then he was right back in the arms of Bekah M declaring his concern over their age difference but still kissing her.
With Krystal briefly out of the picture, Arie then took Becca K up to his room for some loud kissing.
But Krystal was not to be tamed and showed up at the lounge as the girls were talking about her.
After Lauren B confronted her about her behavior, she left. Then the other girls confronted Krystal who decided to leave. Lauren got to spend some time with Arie and later he gave her a rose.
Arie then took Tia on an airboat cruise through the Everglades and they saw an alligator and a turtle. Later they met Gerald, who owns a house in the middle of the Glades. Gerald offered them some frog legs, yellow belly catfish and deep-fried corn on the cob. Tia explained frog gigging to Arie and they cuddled on a porch swing.
Later, over dinner Tia told Arie she’s falling in love with him and he gave her a rose. They kissed a lot and at one point he moved her against a post and she declared, “I’ve been waiting for you to push me against something.” Then she confessed to the camera, “This is the perfect way to end this date. I feel like he’s falling for me like I’m falling for him.”
Later, the girls gathered before the Rose Ceremony and Krystal said, “Yesterday, I wasn’t hiding in my room. I was investing in myself and growing from the — the struggle that happened and the challenge. Like, I was discovering. And I realized that I’m invested in my relationship with Arie because when he brought me to Scottsdale and showed me what life would be like with him, it was so clear to me, like, how I would fit in. I want to be with Arie at the end of all this. So I’m gonna do what I need to do to make sure that Arie gives me a rose tonight.”
Arie and Kendall took time to get to know each other and she showed him her “question book” with 100 questions she wrote out for him. The first question she asked is if he would eat human meat. He said he would not.
Meanwhile, everyone hates Krystal because she’s manipulative. Arie and Krystal talk and Krystal tries to play it cool and squeaks, “This could be our first fight,” to which Arie replied, “This could be our last fight.”
At the Rose Ceremony, everyone expected Krystal to be sent packing but Arie told Chris Harrison that he’s conflicted because he introduced her to his mother.
As Chelsea, Tia and Lauren already had roses, Bekah M got the first rose, which was telling; she was followed by Sienne, Kendall, Becca K, Jacqueline and Jenna. The last rose went to Krystal, which provoked a strong negative reaction on Twitter. Maquel, Ashley and Marikh went home.
Coyly sniffing her rose, Krystal looked at the camera and said, “If the girls thought that I was a trip before, then watch out, ladies!”
Next week, Arie and the remaining 10 women head to Paris.
The Bachelor airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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