‘The Bachelor’ Producers Force the Final 3 to Live Together During the Fantasy Suites Episode
*Warning: Spoilers ahead*
This week on The Bachelor, Peter Weber is given an ultimatum ahead of the Fantasy Suite dates, forcing him to question the status of his other relationships. Meanwhile, the contestants are forced to live with each other for apparently no other reason than to cause drama.
The installment picks up right where we left off in episode eight, with Madison pulling Weber aside after the rose ceremony. She drops a bombshell and says that if he were to sleep with someone else during the Fantasy Suites, it would be “really hard for me to move forward.” Weber promises to keep her wishes in mind.
For the first time ever, the women are living together in the same hotel room. This means they’ll be roommates when they aren’t in the Fantasy Suite, and it’s just as awkward as you’d expect. “Are you kidding me?” Victoria F. says in an interview with producers. “So awkward.”
Hannah Ann lands the first one-on-one date, which includes jet skiing along the Australian coast. Later that night, Hannah Ann agrees to stay in the Fantasy Suite, ultimately becoming the mystery woman who makes out with Weber behind a foggy glass door.
Victoria F. gets the next date, which consists of a helicopter tour of Australia’s most scenic beaches. At dinner, Victoria F. surprises everyone by not storming off. She does, however, explain her actions to Weber, claiming her past relationship made her defensive. Weber rewards her honesty by inviting her to the Fantasy Suite.
The final one-on-one date goes to Madison, where they climb a building (seriously) before sitting down for dinner. Madison reveals that she’s saving herself for marriage, which prompts Weber to admit that he’s not in the same place as her.
“I have been intimate,” he says. “I can’t lie to you about that.”
Madison sits in silence before excusing herself from the table. Weber finds her outside crying and pulls her in for a hug. “I can’t lose you,” he says.
The episode concludes with Madison contemplating what to do. Although she can’t change who she is, she also can’t hide her disappointment in Weber.
“I can honestly see you and me together forever,” Weber says. “Don’t walk away. Please don’t.”
Just then, Madison walks off-screen.
While the drama is only just beginning, we low-key feel like the producers are setting the contestants up for failure by allowing them to live together during the most important week of the season.
Why? There’s a reason the producers have separated the women in the past, and that’s because the ladies aren’t supposed to know where Weber stands with the other contestants. So, by enforcing cohabitation, they’re encouraging the inevitable to happen: gossip.
“How did your guys’ hometown dates go?” Madison awkwardly asks. (#Cringe)
Things only get more awkward when Hannah Ann returns from her Fantasy Suite date, hesitantly revealing that it went “really well.” Like, how do the producers expect the contestants to mind their own business when they’re not only roommates, but they’re also sleeping (well, except Madison) with the same man?
There’s no purpose in forcing them to live together other than to make it extremely awkward for everyone involved. If anything, this new format promotes polygamy even more drama among the ladies.
While we’re not surprised, we can’t help but wonder how the episode would have turned out if the contestants weren’t living together. Like, maybe if Madison hadn’t confided in Hannah Ann about her ultimatum, she wouldn’t have felt as betrayed when Weber admitted to being intimate in his previous Fantasy Suites. Just saying.
The Bachelor returns to ABC next Monday, March 2, at 8 p.m., followed by the Women Tell All special.