Ali Fedotowsky is down to the wire with only five bachelors remaining. This week in Portugal she had to eliminate another hopeful, so that next week she can begin the hometown visits.
The good point about there being so few bachelors is that Ali had time to do 3 one-on-one dates and one two-on-one date.
She asked Roberto, who charmed her from his first Salsa dance the first night, for the first one-on-one date. And how could a spot be more romantic than the Castle of Sao Jorge. They giggle, they laugh, they cut loose, and not surprisingly, Roberto draws her into a dance.
Ali followed with a two-on-one date with Frank and Ty. Frank should have taken a hit of ether beforehand. Since he had the first one-on-one date of the season, he’s had a tough time dealing with other guys dating his girlfriend, as he’s said. He’s even more upset at this pairing because he sees Ty as his main competitor on the show.
Ali and the pair head off on a helicopter ride to Obidos, a medieval fortress. Each man got a little alone time. Frank, the retail manager/screenplayer writer/world traveler, tells Ali that he’s living at home with the folks…finally.
Later she shares some time with Ty who brought her to a zen place after the Justin debacle last week. Ty’s family is traditional, and while Ali admires it, she wonders how she would fit into the mix given that she’s a gal who works.
Kirk gets the next one-on-one date, this time to another castle, the Pena Castle. The couple travels by horse-drawn carriage. The get a private concert by Maria Joao Quadros. Not sure why Ali is keeping Kirk around. He reveals little about himself, and seems to have few ties and says he hasn’t had serious relationships, all things she says she’s looking for now that she has her priorities in order.
The final one-on-one date is with Chris whom, Ali admits, has been a bit of an enigma to her all along. The date to a local winery puts all of her fears to rest. As they are on their way, we hear her lament that she’s been waiting for him to open up to her, and now she doesn’t know if “it’s too little, too late.”
He finally feels comfortable enough to open up to her. “I love spending time with you…and I love how we are natural…It hasn’t been too quick. It’s progressed. That’s good.” He adds, “When I’m around you, I just smile. I feel happy.”
When he speaks of taking her home to meet his family, she is visibly happy. Then he puts a cherry on the deal by giving her a special gift that he has kept up until now. He tells Ali that his dad had a special bracelet made for his mother by a family friend, and he had one made and brought it with him. He waited until now to give it to her to be sure she was someone he’d want to share something that personal with. “Today was the time,” he said. Later he would say, “”When I see Ali, I see a girl I want to bring home.” After the death of his mother he moved slowly with relationships. Now with Ali, he feels walls coming down. “That makes me feel good because I feel Chris is ready now,” he said about himself.
Ali is truly overcome by the symbolic nature of it all. She said, “I loved that he saved it for now, that he waited until he felt comfortable sharing something like that with me.” She added thoughtfully, “Chris would make an amazing husband.”
Back at the mansion, reality set in as there are four roses and five men. Chris received the first rose.
In the end, Ty was left standing. He told her as they walked towards the limo in the pouring rain: “I really do like you. I had some unbelievable feelings. I wish it could have been different, but it’s not, and I thank you for everything.”
Ali looked anguished, standing in the rain alone, but said, “If I continue to let my heart lead, I’m going to meet my husband here.”
Chris L., 32, Cape Cod, MS, landscaper.Rose!
Frank, 30, Chicago, retail manager.Rose! .
Kirk, 27, Green Bay, WI, sales consultant.Rose!
Roberto V., Charleston, SC, insurance agent.Rose!
Ty, 31, Franklin, TN, medical sales/musician. No Rose!
Stay tuned for Monday’ (July 13) show. The Bachelorette, ABC, Mondays at 8 p.m., EST.