The Bachelor

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The Bachelor Episode: "The Bachelor"

Season 13, Episode 7
Episode Synopsis: Jason and the final three bachelorettes visit New Zealand for sightseeing (in a helicopter and a boat) and bungee jumping on overnight dates, in which the Fantasy Suite is an option and the L-word (as in "love") is dropped. Then comes the rose ceremony, where the fantasy ends for one of the three.
Original Air Date: Feb 16, 2009

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Season 13, Episode 7
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Length: 02:26:13
Aired: 2/16/2009
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The Bachelor Episode Recap: February 16, 2009 Season 13, Episode 7

In this episode of The Bachelor, the last one before the finale in two weeks, Jason and the three remaining contestants travel to New Zealand. Raising the stakes, somewhat, Jason has the option of inviting each woman to stay with him in a "fantasy suite." As always, I'll be recapping the episode with the help of my lovely fiancé, who shares my opinion that Melissa has this whole thing in the bag — and also my disappointment that we won't see the much-promoted return of Deanna Pappas, who broke Jason's heart on The Bachelorette, until the finale.

The episode begins with Jason and Jillian flying in a helicopter over some gorgeous snowcapped mountains in New Zealand. He calls her "Jill" now. Jason sets up a little picnic for them on a mountain overlooking a crystalline blue lake, and Jillian says she can't imagine a better place to fall in love, and that she and Jason could be best friends, just like her grandparents are.

Fiancé and I: AlarmAlarmAlarm

Jason says he really likes "Jill" but is "looking for... a passionate connection too."

Fiancé: He's facing the same situation as every man. There's one woman you want to boink and one you want to marry. It's the classic battle of heart versus weiner.

Me: So Jillian's heart and Melissa's wiener? What's Molly?

Fiancé: Molly's a hot fudge sundae. It tastes good at first and then makes you sick.

Cut to commercial.

Jason and Jillian sip wine in front of a roaring fire. Her hair looks awesome. He asks her how she feels about their date that day and she mentions: a) the scenery b) the helicopter ride c) the picnic and finally d) the conversation with Jason.

Jason reminds us that he always has fun with Jill and that if things go well tonight he can invite her to the "fantasy suite." Usually I leave it to the fiancé to read between the euphemisms, but it's well known to all Bachelor fans that the "fantasy suite" is actually the "place to potentially have sex." Jason again mentions he needs to see if he has chemistry with "Jill."

Fiancé: AlarmAlarmAlarm

Jason asks "Jill" how she feels about him. She says she's excited to be away from home, and to be here, and says some other stuff, then finally gets around to saying she gets butterflies hanging out with him. The conversation ends, as all conversations on The Bachelor are contractually obligated to end, with some kissing. Jillian pretty much asks for her invite to the "fantasy suite" and tries to up the "passion" quotient.

Jillian: Do you think you can handle a night with me?

Jason:
Without a doubt.

They head out to a hot tub. She wears a bikini and Uggs.

Fiancé: Dealbreaker.

They kiss in the hot tub. Ominous music plays. Cut to commercial. I now hand off the laptop to my fiancé for her take on the current contestants. All of these assessments are of course based on how they seem on the show, not on any presumptions about their actual lives.

"Jill": Cool lady, chemistry with Jason took a little work.

Melissa: Still in the lead.

Molly: Seems like kind of a dumbass.

Jason and Molly meet for their date on a rainy day. This is a real handicap for Molly: She doesn't get to benefit from the it's-easier-to-fall-in-love-with-someone-when-you're-picnicking-on-a-cliff-overlooking-a-lake-in-New-Zealand effect. They're going bungee jumping. Molly calls it a "leap of faith." Jason is kind of nervous about the jump. Molly isn't. They jump and Jason yells really loudly.

Jason: Am I the only one screaming?

Yes, he is. Molly is a rock. She also likes silly metaphors. She says bungee jumping is like falling in love, because... sorry, can't stand it, jumping ahead several minutes. Molly has several questions for Jason. Can Jason handle the pressure?

Molly: If you could eat only one food for the rest of your —

Jason: Hamburger.

Yeah, he seems to be doing okay. Which brings us back to Molly's main problem: possibly not that deep.

Fiancé: Don't defend her — just say "seems like kind of a dumbass."

Me: ...

For the record, Jason's other answers are peanut butter and chocolate, Greece, birthdays, Mustang, not breakfast, "I've never even thought of that before," Elvis, "The president, because you can make a big difference," his old-school Air Jordan sneakers, and now.

Fiancé: Greece is his favorite place? But Deanna's Greek!

Cut to commercial.

Molly says she thinks Jason wants to see her emotional side. It's possible he shares my fiancé's assessment of her intelligence. Take her favorite place, for example: New Zealand, where she happens to be right now. Molly says she really thinks she's falling in love with Jason and they kiss, as the rules of the show require. She invites him to spend the night with her in a note signed "Moll."

Cut to commercial.

Fiancé: Isn't Deanna supposed to be in this episode? They've been teasing it since the premiere.

Me: We don't know when she comes back. It could be the next episode.

Melissa leaps into Jason's arms to begin their date. He runs his hand through her hair. The show should end now. But because half of the two-hour episode remains — and the finale has yet to air — Jason says he's still concerned that he didn't get to meet Melissa's family last episode. Doesn't this seem like one of those bogus romantic-comedy obstacles thrown in for the sake of drama? No guy has ever rejected a woman because he didn't like her parents.

Fiancé: What the hell does that mean?

Me: Nothing, baby. Your parents are awesome.

They go for a sail on a boat once owned by Winston Churchill and talk — again — about Melissa's parents. Whose absence last episode is not a legitimate problem in any way. Jason says he could fall in love with Melissa without meeting her parents, "but it could only go so far." Then they go to dinner and again talk about her parents. Stop this charade. Jason invites Melissa to the "fantasy suite," where she says she's in love with him. Not "falling in love" — that old bide-your-time dating standby — but in love. Jason cuts her off by saying he has strong feelings for her too, and wants to explore them further, but feels a certain responsibility to Jillian and Molly to respect their —

Just kidding. He kisses her. It's kind of sweet, really, watching them work together to pretend she might not win. Cut to commercial.

Jason and Chris talk for awhile about all the dates. Jason notes again that Jillian — he's back to calling her by her full name now — is out to marry her best friend: "But I'm looking for a lot more than that." He says Molly seemed a little distant on their date but then opened up. Finally, he talks again about that non-issue with Melissa that no one takes seriously. And there's still half an hour of show to go.

Jason watches video messages from each of the ladies. Jillian calls Jason "babe." She seems to be having fun with the whole thing. Molly gives a very Reese-Witherspoon-in-Election kind of speech, and says, via video, that she has now determined she is not only falling in love with Jason but officially in love. Melissa also plays the in love card, but more confidently, because she's not saying it for the first time as a desperate keep-me-on-the-show Hail Mary. Twenty-five minutes of show remain. This episode could have easily been condensed to an hour.

Finally, the Rose Ceremony. Melissa's in. So is Molly. Jason walks Jillian to her waiting car. Jillian notes, accurately, that when you're 90 years old you're going to want to be with your best friend. Jason notes, accurately, that "it's got to be your best friend and more." This has to be the longest brush-off speech in show history.

Fifteen minutes of episode remain. ABC fills them with Jason respectfully mourning Jillian, a voiceover, and promos for the finale, featuring Deanna. ABC, never do this again.

What do you think? Does Molly have a hot fudge sundae's chance in hell of winning?

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In this episode of The Bachelor, the last one before the finale in two weeks, Jason and the three remaining contestants travel to New Zealand. Raising the stakes, somewhat, Jason has the option of inviting each woman to stay with him in a "fantasy suite." As always, I'll be recapping the episode with the help of my lovely fiancé, who shares my opinion that Melissa has this whole thing in the bag — and also my disappointment that we won't see the much-promoted return of Deanna Pappas, who broke Jason's heart on The Bachelorette, until the finale.

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Premise: True love (or a TV facsimile thereof) gets the reality treatment in this long-running dating game, in which a successful bachelor romances a number of beauties. The list of possible paramours is reduced each week until he gives a final red rose to one of them. The series spun off 'The Bachelorette', a spate of rip-offs and very few lasting pairings.

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