Peter Gets 22 Stitches & the Kelsey Drama Reaches New Heights in Latest ‘Bachelor’ Episode
*Warning: Spoilers ahead*
Last week on The Bachelor, Peter Weber let Alayah rejoin the show after she returned to defend her reputation. And now, the 28-year-old pilot has an unfortunate accident on part one of the two-night special.
Here’s what went down in season 24, episode five of The Bachelor.
So long, Alayah
The episode picks up right where we left off in episode four, with Weber contemplating what to do about Alayah. Although he let her stay, she’s caused nothing but drama since her return, and the women are at their wits’ end.
When Weber returns to the group, he pulls Alayah aside and reveals that he has to send her home (again).
“I think that with everything that’s happened, this is just a little too much,” he says. “I don’t want to put you through anymore of this. So, I think it’s time we said, ‘Goodbye.’” Just then, he walks her to the car…for the last time. Hallelujah!
Weber rejoins the women and asks to speak with Natasha, who is still upset that she gave her all during the football date only to watch the rose go to Alayah. The Bachelor apologizes profusely and promises that he’s ready to move on from the drama.
The problem? Natasha isn’t the only one who’s pissed. Weber also sits down with Sydney and Victoria P., who both question whether he’s in the right head space. (Only time will tell.)
At the rose ceremony, Weber hands out roses to everyone but Deandra, Kiarra and Savannah.
Peter Weber vs. the Golf Cart
The next day, Weber travels with the remaining contestants to Costa Rica, where things take a turn for the worse. It all starts when the pilot surprises the women with a large Band-Aid on his forehead. He explains that he hit his head on the roof of a golf cart while holding a glass, which shattered and cut his forehead. Not only did he go to the hospital, but he also received 22 stitches.
Just then, Weber invites Sydney on the first one-on-one date of the episode. After going on a helicopter tour of Costa Rica’s most picturesque landscapes, they settle on a mountaintop for a picnic and a glass of Champagne (natch).
At dinner, Weber thanks Sydney for being “exactly what I needed” after the accident. When the pilot admits that he has a hard time reading her, Sydney opens up about her mysterious demeanor, revealing that she had a rough childhood. Since she didn’t have a father figure, she found herself struggling to fit in with her peers.
“That’s why it takes me a second to trust people or open up like this,” Sydney says.
Weber eats it up and gives her the rose.
Back at the hotel, the group date card arrives, and it’s addressed to Shiann, Kelsey, Victoria F., Madison, Natasha, Victoria P., Lexi, Hannah Ann, Tammy and Mykenna, which means Kelley is the lucky recipient of the second one-on-one.
We already know this isn’t going to go well, since Kelsey has been crying the entire day because she’s worried about her relationship (read: jealous of Sydney).
Weber takes the group to La Fortuna Waterfall, where they’re tasked with doing a photoshoot for Cosmopolitan magazine. Of course, there’s a catch. The selected winner will appear on the March cover of Cosmo alongside Weber. And that person is—drumroll, please—Victoria F.
Kelsey is understandably upset, but she tries to keep her cool at the after-party. So, she drops the first L-bomb of the season and tells Weber that she’s “falling in love” with him.
Later on, Tammy sits down with Weber and shares her concerns about Kelsey. Tammy explains that Kelsey has been overly emotional and comparing her relationship to the other women’s, which is creating a toxic environment. To be exact, Tammy calls Kelsey “unstable.”
Weber asks to speak with Kelsey, who immediately confronts the women in an attempt to find the snake who ratted her out.
“So, do we want to talk about who said I was emotionally unstable today?” Kelsey asks. She proceeds to accuse the ladies of lying, claiming she hasn’t been that emotional.
“You cried over a bottle of Champagne for four days,” Tammy says.
Just then, Weber interrupts the group and gives the rose to Hannah Ann. Awkward.
The next day, Weber embarks on his one-on-one date with Kelley. This time, he takes her to a meditation sanctuary, where they use energy to help expand their minds. This involves stripping down to minimal clothing while the guides disperse steam and light candles.
When they’re asked to write down their intentions, Weber admits that Kelley has been very closed off about her personal life. “She hasn’t tried hard enough,” Weber says in an interview with producers. “I need to know: Are you in this or not?”
That night at dinner, Weber cuts right to the chase and says their connection started on a high note but has gone into a lull. Kelley explains that she hasn’t had an opportunity to progress their relationship, which is why she’s fading into the background.
When Kelley accuses Weber of “rewarding the drama,” the pilot demands to know what she wants out of this. Kelley says that while she wants to get engaged, she doesn’t think they’re at that point yet. Still, Kelley assures him that she’s willing to open up and show her vulnerable side, which prompts Weber to give her the rose.
Back at the hotel, Kelsey gets into a confrontation with Tammy. Although Kelsey tries to apologize for her actions, the conversation takes an emotional turn when Tammy blames Kelsey’s behavior on her alcohol consumption.
“Do you think that was a helpful way of coping?” Tammy asks. Kelsey agrees to disagree.
While Tammy vents to the other contestants, Kelsey sneaks out of the hotel and tracks down Weber in his bungalow. Kelsey explains that her “breakdown” was blown out of proportion, and she doesn’t want Weber to think she’s crazy. (Because she’s not…right?)
Weber assures her that he’s not confused about where he stands with her. When Kelsey throws Tammy under the bus for calling her an alcoholic, Weber promises to make things right. *Grabs popcorn*
Before Kelsey leaves, Weber reveals that he doesn’t need a ceremony to know how he feels about her and proceeds to give her a rose.
When Kelsey returns to the group, she knows she’s in the wrong. Kelsey tries (and fails) to explain herself, but the ladies don’t want to hear it.
Later that night, the women are disappointed to learn there will be no cocktail party. Right when Weber is about to hand out the first rose, Tammy interrupts and asks to speak with him in private.
She explains that she wants to clear the air before the rose ceremony, since she knows Kelsey talked poorly about her. During their conversation, Mykenna interrupts and asks to steal Weber away. This isn’t a cocktail party, ladies!
Mykenna breaks down in tears and says she’s struggling to handle the drama. When she returns to the group, Lexi scolds her for stooping as low as Sydney.
At long last, Weber kicks off the rose ceremony, where he sends home Shiann and Lexi. Before Shiann leaves, she tells Weber to watch his back.
“Some of the girls that are here…what they’re saying is not who they are,” she says.
Well that was…a lot. The Bachelor returns to ABC on Wednesday, February 5, at 8 p.m.