What's worse that getting eliminated from The Bachelor? Getting eliminated from The Bachelor on your birthday.
The episode also featured the fallout from last week's drama between Juan Pablo and Clare, whom he had made cry after their late-night dip in the ocean. After working through it on their one-on-one date, the two seemed to move past their little miscommunication and went on to have a date full of kissing, dancing and laughing that also ended with her receiving a rose.
But is everything truly resolved between Clare and Juan Pablo? Did their tiff bring them even closer together? Plus: Will Sharleen leave on her own after weeks of conflicted feelings for Juan Pablo? Host Chris Harrison weighs in below!
Were you surprised by the viewer reaction from Juan Clare and Clare's jaunt in the ocean?
Chris Harrison: It made sense to me later. I think for a guy to feel that guilty, people thought there was no way he just kissed her. Where did all that shame come from? So I think people felt the only way a guy would feel that guilty is if it went further than he wanted it to. I think everyone is grasping at straws to try and make sense of Juan Pablo and how he forms his ideas, opinions and rules.
Speaking to her last week, she seems upset after having watched the episode.
Harrison: I told her she should've been because when do you get to invoke the daughter rule? Here's the thing: He's a great dad and he loves his daughter, so he's not using his daughter. But at the same time, to bring that up to somebody is a delicate situation and so it really muddied the water and confused things.
Did you think he would be able to smooth things over with her as easily as he did?
Harrison: She felt like he had really apologized and felt bad, but I was like, "What exactly did he say?" because he never really gave her any answers. All of a sudden she felt great about it. I don't know if he out-talked her or she just got lost in translation, but I got to the end of the date and was like, where was the apology?
Once they talked it out, they were back on Cloud 9.
Harrison: They have this crazy chemistry and maybe that's why he feels guilty because he cannot keep his hands and mind off of her. She could be wearing a burlap sack and he'd attack the girl.
What do you think of his relationship with Andi?
Harrison: If there's a dark horse this season, Andi might fill that bill. She's the slower build as far as the relationship goes, but when you see them together, she makes him comfortable and they laugh. She doesn't bring any drama to the table.
Did you know he was going to eliminate Cassandra — on her birthday no less?
Harrison: I talked to him and was like, "You know it's her birthday, right?" I felt bad, but he said, "What am I going to do? I know I want her to go home. Should I not break up with her on her birthday just to break up with her a day later?" I agreed, but the circumstances were brutal. She'll always remember her 22nd birthday!
Kat was also sent home. Any surprises there?
Harrison: Maybe he would've liked to get to know her better, but looking at his [time] with Nikki and Clare, etc., those are relationships now, and if you haven't moved on to that stage then you're behind. This week, Kat and Cassandra were the odd women out.
At the end of the episode, Sharleen seems conflicted about leaving. What can you tease about next week?
Harrison: Sharleen has been an enigma since she got out of the limo. I find their relationship so intriguing. In New Zealand, she didn't even say hello before he jumped on her and started making out with her. Even she was like, "What was that?" It's like, "I don't know what to say to you, we have very little in common, so I'm going to just make out with you." Since the moment when she almost turned down the first impression rose, she keeps riding this and gets caught up in the moment, but then later upon reflection, she's like, "I don't know." After [this week's] rose ceremony, I started looking at the monitors and saw Sharleen crying and was like, 'What did I miss?' It's been hard to put a finger on her the entire time and I don't know what it is, but it'll come to a head and continue in Miami.
The Bachelor airs on Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.