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The Bachelor Episode: "The Bachelor: The Women Tell All"

Season 16, Episode 10
Episode Synopsis: Ben faces bachelorettes he rejected—and one, Courtney, who's still in the running. One of the castoffs, Emily, has some things to say about Courtney. There's also an appearance by 2011 contestant Shawntel, a season review and profiles of the finalists, Courtney and Lindzi.
Original Air Date: Mar 5, 2012

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Season 16, Episode 10
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Length: 01:25:20
Aired: 3/5/2012
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The Bachelor Episode Recap: Women Tell All Season 16, Episode 10

This week's episode of The Bachelor marks my favorite hour of each season — The Women Tell All special! So get your smack-talk ready and let's get to recapping.

But wait! After Chris Harrison introduces the women, we get a sneak peek of the recent Bachelor Nation reunion in Las Vegas. There's lot of making out, a few faces we haven't seen in a while and a lot of casting possibilities for the next season of Bachelor Pad (Ed, Ryan P and Stacey, to name a few.) We also get a glimpse into a possible rekindling of flames between previous Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky and Frank, who left her season for a girl that he's still with.

Now onto the juicy stuff! First we get a recap of the season that includes Blakeley being called a toxic stripper, Brittney leaving, Jamie awkwardly trying to kiss Ben and, of course, Ben and Courtney's skinny-dip. (From the look on the girls' faces, they didn't get the censored version of Ben and Courtney's behinds.) Once the tape stops rolling, it doesn't take long for the ladies to get in Blakeley's face. Samantha, who was kicked off by Ben in Episode 4, calls Blakeley out for bullying the others and not making friends. "I'm older and don't bother myself with small-minded people," Blakeley shoots back. In the end, Blakeley adds that she has no regrets about the way she acted. She just wishes that her defenses weren't up so much the whole time.

Next, Chris calls on Brittney, who left in Episode 3, to ask her about willingly exiting the competition. Brittney explains that she had no attraction to Ben whatsoever, and that she's happy her date ultimately went to Lindzi who's now in the Final 2. Samantha decides to pipe up again and say that Brittney couldn't handle the show, and Brittney then calls her the "Chihuahua in the house that doesn't stop talking."

Shawntel is the first woman to hit the hot seat, and she is still upset about the way the ladies treated her when she showed up in San Francisco. While some of the girls, including Elyse and Rachel, apologize for what they said, they also stand by the fact that they were turned off by Shawntel's ballsy entrance into the house. Erika takes the most heat (justifiably) for making fun of Shawntel's thighs. Emily ends the conversation by telling Shawntel she's stunning and the women would not have been intimidated if she wasn't.

Speaking of Emily, she's next to take the hot seat. She admits she never recovered from her comments towards Courtney, but she adds that she doesn't want a guy who won't respect her feelings and concerns. A-men, sista! Emily then adds that by skinny-dipping with Courtney so early on, Ben clouded his mind with sex. "I think you have figured out men," Chris jokes.

Nicki and Kacie are next, and they both talk about how they truly fell in love with Ben. Kacie adds that watching the show has helped her learn that she and Ben would never work because their core values and families were so different..

And then there is Courtney. Before she hits the stage, the ladies have a free-for-all in the name-calling department. Monica calls her a liar who's vapid, manipulative and hurtful. Kacie adds that she has a split personality. The girls are pretty unanimous in their feelings towards Courtney, save for Casey S. who actually tries to defend her. Emily, again, puts it best when she says, "It could've been Jo Schmo sitting in that seat and she would've done her damndest to get that final rose."

Next, Courtney comes out and admits she's terrified to face the women. "I'm disappointed in myself [and] in how I acted," she says. "[There are] so many things I would've done differently." Jennifer says she believes Courtney is only there to repair her image and as the girls continue to rip on her, Courtney starts crying. She asks the women to find it in their hearts to forgive her, but it doesn't seem like this is an option for them at all.

Finally, Ben takes the hot seat. His interactions with his rejected ladies doesn't seem as tense and emotionally charged as past seasons. He again tells Emily that he cut her because she was losing sight of what they had, and he also apologizes to Casey for the way he handled her exit. The girls concur that Ben is pretty sucky at breakups. But two women still maintain their feelings for Ben. Jamie pretty much tells him that if it doesn't work out with who he chooses, she'd like another shot.  Nicki says she still believes he's the best man she's ever met in her life. (Really, Nicki?)

Before the episode ends, we get a look at some of the season's lighter moments (aka bloopers and a lot of Ben's bare butt). There's one last montage of each of the remaining women, Courtney and Lindzi, and then a funny send-off that includes a look at Jenna's meltdowns and Monica handing her a tampon peace offering.

What did you think of the Women Tell All? Did you believe Courtney's tears and apology were sincere? And who should get Ben's final rose?

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This week's episode of The Bachelor marks my favorite hour of each season — The Women Tell All special! So get your smack-talk ready and let's get to recapping.

But wait! After Chris Harrison introduces the women, we get a sneak peek of the recent Bachelor Nation reunion in Las Vegas. There's lot of making out, a few faces we haven't seen in a while and a lot of casting possibilities for the next season of Bachelor Pad (Ed, Ryan P and Stacey, to name a few.) We also get a glimpse into a possible rekindling of flames between previous Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky and Frank, who left her season for a girl that he's still with.

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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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