Ali and the bachelors were in Iceland. She chose Justin and arch nemesis Kasey to go on a special helicopter ride over volcanoes and glaciers in Iceland. Awkward doesn’t begin to describe the date start to finish.
The scenery of untouched glacier peaks couldn’t cut the tension at points. Just last week, our bachelorette told Kasey to ratchet down. He was overbearing, she had told him, which falls squarely into the “Do you think?”
So, how did Kasey take the news? The advertising account exec went out the next day and got a tattoo to show Ali again how his intent is to protect her heart. He didn’t get to show her the tattoo or make his profession yet again last episode, so he thought it was Karma that he’d get to show her on this sort-of individual date.
On Ali’s other side in the helicopter was Justin. He showed up to the date without crutches so he was able to give Ali a decent hug. He wanted the rose from the date, but the question is—why? He seemed misunderstood early on and picked on by the other bachelors. As time has gone on, however, the Rated R personality and the cockiness that goes with it, seems to surface more often. More than he wanted to receive a rose on the date, he wanted Kasey to NOT receive a rose.
Both had alone time. Kasey’s time was the train wreck you would have expected given that he doesn’t seem to be a good listener.
Ali launched into a bit of a speech about how she wanted him to be himself, and she hadn’t talked to him last week in an effort to change the way he behaves. She always stopped short of saying that he had been creeping her out, so she appreciated that he appeared to heed her words.
Then Kasey started speaking and any remorse Ali had thinking she may have been hard on him last week was shot fast and hard. Kasey unveiled the tattoo, explaining the significance of each part of the graphic. Ali had all she could to cover up the deer-in-the-headlights look on her face. And I’m being polite because that isn’t the exact look she had.
They hugged, and then she had to meet with Justin and Kasey together to present a rose. It went to Justin. Surprise. Ali asked Justin to wait in the helicopter so she could speak to Kasey.
They hugged, and she told him not to change and that he was ready to meet that special girl. It just wasn’t her. Then she said she didn’t want to hold him back by keeping him there. It’s a line that ranks right up there with “I think of you as a friend.” And this was delivered on national TV after he had explained his tattoo. The whole scene ranks right up there with Shooter’s speech about having a premature episode in college.
Justin and Ali took off in the helicopter. Kasey stood alone on the top of the glacier and watched them leave. Tell me they have someone picking that guy up. He was a bit much, but he doesn’t deserve being left out in the snow.
Ali had a group horse riding date with the rest of the bachelors. They looked regal atop their steeds. All except poor Craig who got stuck with what resembled a Shetland pony. He took it in stride saying—It’s not the size of the horse, but what you do with it.
That good natured behavior, along with his very uplifting alone time with Ali that night may have saved him from elimination.
During their alone time, Craig rolled up his sleeve to show Ali his mock tattoo, and proceeded to explain the significance of each part of the design. It was just what Ali needed to lighten her mood as she still felt bad breaking Kasey’s heart.
Her alone time with Chris was just sad. She asked if there were anything about him that she didn’t know that might surprise her. He started telling her that he’d been told that he’s really funny.
And that was the end of his story.
Ali tried to draw him out but to no avail. You could all but see the imaginary rose withering right in the airspace between them.
The deed was done officially by the end of the night when Chris went home without a rose.
Next week, Ali is taking the bachelors to Istanbul. Stay tuned for more drama in the love department.
Chris H., 27, Vancouver, Canada, real estate developer. No Rose!
Chris L., 32, Cape Cod, MS, landscaper. Rose!
Craig R., 27, Philadelphia, attorney. Rose!
Frank, 30, Chicago, retail manager. Rose!
Justin, 26, Toronto, CA, entertainment wrestler. (Winner of dual date) Rose!
Kasey, 27, Clovis, CA, advertising exec. (Winner of dual date) NoRose!
Kirk, 27, Green Bay, WI, sales consultant. Rose!
Roberto V., Charleston, SC, insurance agent.Rose!
Ty, 31, Franklin, TN, medical sales/musician. Rose!
Stay tuned for Monday’s (June 28) show. The Bachelorette, ABC, Mondays at 8 p.m., EST.