‘The Bachelor’ Episode 7 Recap: The Calm Before the Hometown Dates
*Warning: Spoilers ahead*
This week on The Bachelor, the pressure of the upcoming hometown dates weighs on Arie Luyendyk Jr. as he spends time with the remaining women in Italy. Here’s what went down on season 22, episode seven.
The First One-On-One Date
When the ladies arrive in Tuscany, Chris Harrison tells them that there won’t be a rose ceremony this week. Instead, there will be three one-on-one dates and a group date (the horror!).
The first date card arrives for Becca K., and Arie picks her up in a vintage red convertible to explore Barga, a small Italian village. While there, the couple enjoys a picturesque picnic before sitting down for a fancy dinner. Although Arie is concerned about rekindling the passion from their first one-on-one date, the couple casually chats about meeting Becca’s family like it’s no big deal.
He eats it up, of course, and gives her a rose.
The Surprise Confrontation
Back at the house, Jacqueline becomes emotional just thinking about the status of her relationship, and when a new date card arrives for Lauren B., she decides to pay a late-night visit to Arie’s hotel room. Dun dun dun.
When he invites her in, Jacqueline explains that she has feelings for him, but she can’t ignore the fact that she’s doubting their relationship because she’s not as confident as the other women. Long story short: She wants to leave.
After saying goodbye, Jacqueline breaks down in the hallway before telling the other contestants she’s heading home.
The Unusual Pairing
The next day, Arie is ready to move on from last night’s breakup so he can enjoy his one-on-one date with Lauren B. When they visit the quaint town of Lucca, they attempt to fill the awkward silences as they bike around the village and eat ice cream.
At dinner, Arie expresses his concerns about whether or not she’s ready to introduce him to her family, which prompts Lauren B. to admit that she’s starting to fall in love with him. Arie awkwardly excuses himself from the table and walks away, leaving Lauren B. to question her decision to open up about her feelings.
When he returns, he explains that he left because he was nervous (um, what?) and says he’s falling in love with her, too, before offering her a rose.
The Final One-On-One
Meanwhile, Seinne receives a date card for the final one-on-one date of the episode. This time, Arie takes her truffle hunting with a local villager and his dogs. After digging for fungi, the couple joins the hunter’s family for a traditional Italian lunch.
Later on, the couple sits down for dinner. Although Arie is trying to find a connection, Seinne struggles to convince him that she’s ready to commit to a serious relationship. He explains that he can’t give her a rose with hometown dates around the corner and promptly sends her packing.
The Unplanned Three-On-One Date
Due to Jacqueline’s early departure, Kendall, Tia and Bekah are the lucky recipients of the group date card. Arie takes the three ladies to Villa Royale, where they explore the grounds, drink Champagne and cheers to the final group date of season 22.
Arie kicks off the one-on-one conversations by pulling Kendall aside, and she opens up about what it would be like if he were to visit her hometown next week. When it’s Tia’s turn, she throws Bekah under the bus and reveals the 22-year-old isn’t on the same page as the rest of the women, considering she recently admitted that there are times when she would much rather be at home with her family than on The Bachelor.
Later on, Tia tells Bekah about her recent conversation, which prompts the poor girl to break down in tears. Right on cue, Arie swoops in to comfort Bekah and pulls her in for a long hug. Bekah explains that she hates feeling like she’s misunderstood, but he reassures her that’s not the case.
The Final Rose
When he returns to the group, Arie gives the first rose to Kendall, leaving Bekah and Tia to fight over the second (and final) rose.
After Kendall leaves, the trio sits down for dinner. They awkwardly toast to finding love before Arie asks to speak with Tia alone. She explains that the only reason she told him about Bekah is because she cares about him and is falling in love with him. He reassures her that she has nothing to worry about.
Later on, Arie pulls Bekah aside and pretty much relives everything that just happened with Tia. But at the end of the night, he ends up giving the rose to Tia and sends Bekah home (finally).
Next up? Hometown dates. This is going to be good.