On Monday night’s episode of ABC’s The Bachelorette, it was time for Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky and her three boyfriends to jet off to Tahiti for the all-important overnight dates. There was just one problem: one of the boys had some unfinished business back home. Could Ali’s tropical paradise be the location of a tropical depression?
First up, ABC cuts right to the chase with this week’s major storyline. After a montage of the final three guys- Roberto, Chris and Frank- all expressing their feelings for Ali, it quickly switches to Frank’s dilemma.
This is the week with the big “Frank” scandal. ABC made no bones about airing teasers showing that Frank isn’t the devoted puppy dog that we thought he was. Instead, he’s been keeping a hometown secret: ex-girlfriend, Nicole. And before he can move forward with Ali, he needs to find out if he still has a connection with Nicole.
Yes, in case you missed it, Frank has an epiphany after weeks of courting Ali: he’s decided he may still have feelings for his ex-girlfriend back home. He’s an emotional wreck because he feels guilty that he may be in love with 2 girls. Um, kinda like how Ali may be in love with 3 boys?
Frank’s Reunion With Nicole
Frank is back in Chicago and on a mission to see his ex. He feels bad because he knows at the end of this, he’s going to hurt someone. Kinda like how Ali is gonna hurt someone on finale night?
He shows up at Nicole’s apartment totally unannounced (yeah, right). Nicole feigns surprise at seeing him. He tells her he’s spent the last “long while” fighting other guys for Ali. Guess he couldn’t say the last 2 weeks, huh?
He also gives Nicole TMI, telling her what a real and great connection he had with Ali. But then he admits he would go to bed and think of Nicole (don’t even want to elaborate on that one).
Nicole pulls off her best Jerry Maguire scene, telling Frank that he completes her. She tells him, “You need to come home.”
Ali’s Romantic Date with Roberto
Next up we see Ali landing in Tahiti. Her first date is with Roberto and she is psyched. Ali and Roberto take a helicopter ride over Le Taha’a. Destination? A heart-shaped island. Really.
Ali is clearly smitten with her Latin lovah and he tells her at the end of the date that he is falling in love with her. He says the L word. Well, kinda sorta.
She gives him the predictable fantasy suite card and of course they decide to shack up for the night. The final scene is of Ali undressing Roberto- and I don’t mean with her eyes.
Ali and Chris’ Casual Connection
A 75 foot catamaran kicks off Ali’s date with Mr. Funny, Chris Lambton. They jump off the luxurious boat for a swim and go diving for pearls- and they find some beautiful ones. I can only imagine part of host Chris Harrison’s job description is to fill shells with pearls. Ali hands Chris L. the fantasy suite card during their very casual nighttime picnic. It takes him painfully long to read the note, but they eventually go behind closed doors.
Frank’s Bad News for Ali
Excited for her upcoming sailing date with Frank, Ali can’t wait to see him. But first, Frank enters Tahiti with way more luggage than he will ever need, considering he’s going there just to dump The Bachelorette. He decides he needs to talk to resident guidance counselor Chris Harrison first. Frank snatches Harrison away from his pearl-stuffing duties to tell him all about Nicole. Harrison is blown away. He tells Frank, “This is huge.” Yeah, as in huge ratings for ABC.
Next, Frank has to tell Ali of his soul-searching discovery. He shows up at her cabana and she is thrilled to see him, snuggling into his arms. Mid snuggle he says in a grim voice, “We need to talk.”
I honestly think at first she thinks someone died. But her concern quickly turns to anger when Frank tells her of his unresolved feelings for Nicole, a woman she had never even heard of until now. He goes on about how all his old feelings for Nicole came rushing back, blah blah blah. The flower in Ali’s hair wilts on cue.
Ali is visibly upset- clearly her emotions in this are real and not staged.
Ali says she is hesitant to leave because she knows she will never talk to Frank again (as in, he’s dead to her). And in a classic Bachelor/ette scene, a distraught Ali stumbles her way over to …somewhere. Well, usually it’s a balcony but instead she doesn’t even make it that far– she plops down right in the sand and bawls her eyes out. Harrison quickly joins her for an impromptu counseling session.
They concur that Frank is a dirt bag and that it’s important to still have a rose ceremony, even though Frank has eliminated himself from the show. Important, why? To fill the show’s 2 hour time slot? Or because Harrison’s contract says he must say “This is your final rose tonight” in every episode?
The Rose Ceremony
In the lamest rose ceremony ever, Ali says she’s “100% sure Frank isn’t the right guy for me”. Since he’s already on a plane back to Chicago, I guess she’s right.
So here are Ali’s Final 2 Bachelors. As if you didn’t see this coming:
Chris L.- age 33- landscaper Cape Cod, MA- ROSE
Frank- age 31, retail manager, Geneva, IL- ELIMINATED
Roberto- age 26, insurance agent, Charleston, SC – ROSE
Next week: The men tell all. Let’s just hope they don’t kiss and tell!
The Bachelorette, July 19, 2010, ABC TV