‘The Bachelorette’ Season 14, Episode 4 Recap: The First ‘L’ Bomb
*Warning: Spoilers ahead*
- Clay’s exit weighs heavily on the contestants.
- The group heads to Park City, Utah.
- Becca Kufrin holds not one, but two rose ceremonies.
While Bachelor Nation settles down from the hype surrounding Bachelor in Paradise stars Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon’s engagement, ABC is wasting no time resuming Becca Kufrin’s love story. Last night’s showing of The Bachelorette picked up right where we left off in episode three following Clay’s voluntary departure:
So Long, Clay
At the cocktail party, tensions are, like, extremely high. Not only did Clay leave the show after sustaining an injury on the group date, but David has also yet to return since falling off his bunk bed. (Can’t win ’em all.)
Nevertheless, the show must go on. Blake is the first to steal Kufrin away, and he wastes no time getting down to business by asking how many kids she wants. She laughs it off before giving a super vague answer. Blake, on the other hand, blurts out that he wants three to five.
“That’s a lot of kids,” she says. Slow down, buddy.
Later on, Kufrin sits down with Jordan and gives him a pair of gold spandex in honor of his strip tease during episode two. To no surprise, he’s thrilled. Right on cue, David returns to the mansion and cuts Jordan’s one-on-one time in half. Oh, the irony.
Kufrin and Jordan return to the main room to assess the damage and, well, it’s not that bad. Yes, David has a nasty black eye, but we were expecting something more along the lines of Two-Face from Batman than a middle school slugger.
When Kufrin pulls David aside, she tries to boost his spirits by repeatedly saying how great he looks for what he went through. (We get it.) She even gives him a rose (or, according to Jordan, a “pity rose”) so he doesn’t have to sweat through the ceremony. What a gal.
Later on, Kufrin sends home—drumroll, please—Mike and Ryan. And then there were 15…
Welcome to Park City
The group heads to Park City, Utah, and Garrett lands the first one-on-one date. The couple embarks on a casual shopping spree before meeting up with Olympians Valerie Fleming and Shauna Rohbock for a quick ride down the bobsled track. NBD.
Back at the cabin, Lincoln is trying to convince the men that the earth is flat (um, what?). The other contestants are not only questioning his intellect but also his sanity.
Channeling his inner philosopher, Lincoln explains, “OK, so when you look out a plane, everything you see is very flat, right?” You do you.
The Surprise Bombshell
Later on, Kufrin sits down for a romantic dinner with Garrett and kicks off the conversation by blurting that he reminds her of her late dad. Very smooth, Becca.
When she presses him on past relationships, he casually says he’s a divorcee. (Well…this is news.) He and his ex-wife called it quits after two months—we repeat, two months—of marriage because he realized she was driving a wedge between him and his family.
Kufrin admits that she’s concerned he won’t be ready to propose at the end of the show, but Garrett is quick to remind her that he’s looking for a partner and isn’t afraid of commitment. She eats it up (duh) and gives him the rose.
The Group Date
There’s only one group date this week, which means Jordan, Chris, Blake, Nick, John, Lincoln, Leo, David, Connor, Christon, Jason, Colton and Jean Blanc are teaming up for some good ol’ lumberjacking. (Not kidding.)
With the help of a married couple named Kendall and Billy, the men practice throwing axes, flipping logs and sawing wood before splitting off into two teams for a friendly competition. While we could go on and on about Lincoln’s incoordination (surprise, surprise), we can’t deny that John’s stellar performance comes completely out of nowhere.
Nice Try, Jean Blanc
That night, Jordan wastes no time showing Kufrin his “good luck charm” (aka the briefs she gave him earlier in the episode). While the men roll their eyes at Jordan, Jean Blanc pulls Kufrin aside and ends up making a total amateur mistake. After giving her a customized bottle of perfume (he’s a colognoisseur, remember?), he plants a super creepy kiss on her forehead. Much to Kufrin’s delight, Leo saves the day.
Impatient as ever, Jean Blanc waits, like, five minutes before stealing her back and immediately confesses his love (yep) for her. He says, “I’m falling in love with you, just putting that out there.”
Kufrin stares at him blankly and then responds, “I think we’re just on different wavelengths right now. Can I walk you out?” Ouch.
At the door, Jean Blanc tries to backtrack and says that he didn’t actually mean what he said. Kufrin is livid and sends him packing before heading inside to warn the other contestants.
“If anyone else can’t be honest with me from here on out, then I don’t want you here,” she says in her signature on-the-verge-of-tears voice. Kufrin tells the men that she’ll see them at the next rose ceremony. Dun dun dun.
The next day, Wills joins Kufrin on a one-on-one snowmobiling date. It’s no secret the Bachelorette is feeling off from the night before. But Wills is a total natural at stealing America’s heart and being super supportive while Kufrin eases into driving a 500-pound-plus snowmobile.
Later on, Kufrin thanks Wills for turning her day around. He delivers spot-on advice and says she’s only human before gushing over her resilience and strength. He dives into a story about his previous relationship and compares it to Kufrin’s short-lived romance with Arie Luyendyk Jr. Wills and his ex-girlfriend dated for three years and talked about everything from engagement rings to wedding venues until she broke up with him out of the blue. Kufrin commends his honesty and then gives him a well-deserved rose.
The next day, Chris Harrison tells the men there will be no cocktail party. At the ceremony, Kufrin hands out roses to everyone but Nick and Christon.
Damn. It appears Jordan is safe for one more week. The Bachelorette returns to ABC on Monday, June 25, at 8 p.m.