The Bachelor

2002, TV Show

The Bachelor Episode: "The Bachelor"

Season 14, Episode 6
Episode Synopsis: Conclusion. A trip up the California coast results in big decisions, startling choices and shocking departures.
Original Air Date: Jan 25, 2010

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Season 14, Episode 6
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Length: 02:47:21
Aired: 2/8/2010
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The Bachelor Episode Recap: Week 6 Season 14, Episode 6

On this week's episode of The Bachelor, Jake embarks on four very different hometown dates and Ali must make a very life-changing decision.

In New York City, Gia's family seems tough to please right off the bat. Gia's mom and brother are 100 percent on the offensive to break Jake down and even before they dig into dinner, Gia's mom is already badgering our boy. Gia's mom even pulls Jake aside from the table to ask him point blank if he has really and truly fallen for four girls. Jake says he has, but also gives mom some good food for thought about his relationship with Gia specifically. By the end of the evening, she seems to be Jake's biggest fan. Gia has always been very realistic about how, although Jake may be falling for her, it's clear he's falling for other women just as hard but her mom says she has "intuition" that his feelings for Gia are different. Gia shows off her level-headedness (sooo not Bachelor-like) and says she doesn't want Jake to be in love with her yet; she just wants to know she stands out in his eyes. The funniest part is when Gia's brother tells Jake he'll break legs if he has to but even baby bro is won over by Jake in the end.

Next stop is the hometown date with Ali. As soon as he sees her, Jake is very vocal with Ali about how much he's missed her and seems more comfortable initiating physical contact with her, at least in comparison to Gia. On their last date, Jake and Ali were in her current home of San Francisco so, as Jake says, Ali has a little bit of an advantage at this point. Besides the routine family dinner, Ali takes Jake to her recently deceased grandmother's house. Speaking as someone who is also extremely close with her g-ma, it's really cute and very personal that Ali decides to show Jake the other house she grew up, even if it's hard to since her grandmother only recently passed away. Jake grasps the full emotional impact and after a relatively easy dinner with Ali's mom and siblings, the couple seems to be moving full steam ahead.

There are not a lot of bad things to say about Tenley but if I had nickel for every time she mentioned her ex-husband on this date ... well, everyone knows where I am going with this. Once Tenley's family comes into the picture, it's crystal clear exactly why that is. Tenley's entire family was heartbroken by her divorce and her heartbreak and therefore, Tenley's hometown date proves to be the most emotional. Tenley choreographs a special dance to show to Jake (since her ex-husband didn't appreciate her dancing before) and her dad is very frank with Jake about what kind of person he is and what kind of person he would be in a marriage. Tenley's mom even warns Jake her daughter still has a lot of emotions to overcome concerning her divorce. However, all the tears prove to be good tears and Tenley's dad even gives Jake his blessing to ask for Tenley's hand in marriage.

The funny thing about the final four women is that not one, but two have been married before but you couldn't guess by the few (if any) mentions Vienna makes of her previous marriage. At the beginning of their hometown date in Florida, Vienna is very straight-forward about how she previously didn't take marriage seriously and even tells her dad later this is the first time she's truly been in love. I am not on Team "why is Vienna still here?" as passionately as many fans are but its worrisome that there is someone this far in the competition who at the tender age of 23 has already been married and divorced and barely blinks an eye. Some viewers probably feel Tenley takes her divorce way too far and weighs it way too heavily in her new relationship but I think it makes more sense to worry about the girl who (it seems) could care less.

At this point my best guess is that Gia is going home. It took her and Jake the longest to form a close connection when he feels head-over-heels for Ali and Tenley almost immediately in this process. However, after the hometown dates, Ali makes the shocking revelation that her job is going to fire her if she doesn't leave the show immediately. She comes to Jake looking for some sort of answer or as much of a guarantee as he can give as to where they stand as a couple. Jake makes it very clear that he doesn't want her to go but also tells the cameras he knows there's no way he can simply make this decision for her. As Ali later puts out, she has to choose between the two loves of her life. Ali leaves Jake's room and sits in the middle of the hallway crying her eyes out with not the slightest clue of what to do. She tells Jake she'll give him an answer at the rose ceremony but it's clear when she arrives, she only has more questions. Right before the rose ceremony is about to begin, Ali asks to see Jake and she begins sobbing all over again. Jake props her up on his lap and he tells her that while he can't guarantee she is the one, he knows he doesn't want her to leave yet. The two passionately kiss with tears streaming down Ali's face and she quietly tells him she loves him as they kiss again. Jake doesn't reiterate her sentiments but he's starting to look pretty red in the face at the thought of her exit. Suddenly, Ali turns to him and says she has to go. Jake slowly walks her out to a waiting limo and chokes up as he kisses her goodbye. The poor guy can't even close the door all the way as he puts her in the limo and on her way! If you don't get at least a little choked up or sentimental at the sight of these two parting ways, you should probably check for a pulse. As the limo pulls away, Ali begins crying uncontrollably again and you just want to see her yell "stop the car" in true TV dramatic fashion and turn around and run back into Jake's loving arms. You can always find another job, Ali! You can't always find another love! The same thing happened to Ed on The Bachelorette and he ended up winning Jillian when he returned and quit his job like he should have the first time around.

Jake pulls it together enough to enter the rose ceremony to see the girls and inform of their next-day trip to St. Lucia in the Caribbean Islands.

So what did you think of the episode? Did Ali make the right decision? Who did you think Jake was going to send home? Who has truly won his heart? And did anyone get as emotional throughout this episode or am I just a big weakling? Weigh in below in the comments section.

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On this week's episode of The Bachelor, Jake embarks on four very different hometown dates and Ali must make a very life-changing decision.

In New York City, Gia's family seems tough to please right off the bat. Gia's mom and brother are 100 percent on the offensive to break Jake down and even before they dig into dinner, Gia's mom is already badgering our boy. Gia's mom even pulls Jake aside from the table to ask him point blank if he has really and truly fallen for four girls. Jake says he has, but also gives mom some good food for thought about his relationship with Gia specifically. By the end of the evening, she seems to be Jake's biggest fan. Gia has always been very realistic about how, although Jake may be falling for her, it's clear he's falling for other women just as hard but her mom says she has "intuition" that his feelings for Gia are different. Gia shows off her level-headedness (sooo not Bachelor-like) and says she doesn't want Jake to be in love with her yet; she just wants to know she stands out in his eyes. The funniest part is when Gia's brother tells Jake he'll break legs if he has to but even baby bro is won over by Jake in the end.

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Premiered: March 25, 2002, on ABC
Rating: TV-14
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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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