Back in Portugal, Underwood is faced with yet another break-up: Hannah G. The poor girl still thinks she’s having her Fantasy Suite date the next day.
Just then, Underwood knocks on her door and invites himself in. He says that although she’s been “his rock,” he’s in love with someone else. “I realized that I love Cassie,” he explains.
Hannah G. is blindsided, whispering, “I can’t believe this is happening right now.”
When she asks what changed his mind, he can’t give her an answer. She didn’t do anything wrong. Hannah G. says she’s “angry” and “embarrassed” for allowing herself to open up.
“That’s what makes this so hard. I’m saying goodbye to someone who loves me,” Underwood says. “I don’t want to lose you. I don’t know if I’m making the right decision.”
Still, Hannah G. knows it’s the end of the road when he tells her that she doesn’t deserve to be anybody’s (aka his) back-up plan.
Underwood breaks down in tears while walking back to his room, saying, “I don’t know if I’ve given up a for sure thing for something that is impossible.”
In the studio, Hannah G. is sitting in the hot seat, and she looks pissed. She reveals that it’s “not fun” thinking about her break-up with Underwood. Although she feels better knowing it wasn’t an easy decision for him, she regrets allowing herself to be vulnerable, saying, “My heart was so in it, and it’s not just a show.”
When Underwood joins her onstage, Hannah G. reveals that she loved him and thought he felt the same way. She demands to know why he didn’t give her a chance to change his mind, and he says he “tried my hardest.”
Although he felt “at home” when he was with her, he couldn’t continue on knowing he wasn’t “all-in.” He admits that he never considered going forward with their one-on-one date because his mind was already made up.
Hannah G. understands where he’s coming from, but that doesn’t make it any less hurtful. While she has regrets, this experience showed her what she’s looking for in a future partner.
“I need someone to jump a fence for me,” she says. “I want that kind of relationship.”