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The Bachelor Episode: "The Bachelor"

Season 16, Episode 4
Episode Synopsis: Ben and his 13 would-be soul mates visit Park City, Utah, for kayaking, rappelling, fishing, horseback riding, a rain-soaked dinner and a concert by country star Clay Walker. Before Ben sends two gals packing, there's romancing and sniping as well. Next stop: Puerto Rico.
Original Air Date: Jan 23, 2012
Guest Cast Clay Walker
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Season 16, Episode 4
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Length: 01:25:05
Aired: 1/23/2012
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The Bachelor Episode Recap: Week 4 Season 16, Episode 4

The women head to Park City, Utah, on this week's episode of The Bachelor,  and it's not just the weather that's icy.

Rachel gets the first one-on-one and it's also the season's first helicopter date. She and Ben take off and when they land they set off in a canoe situated on a gorgeous secluded lake. It's not before long that the two share a kiss (and make some awkward noises), but it's get even more awkward — in a bad way — when they get back to land. It becomes evident these two don't have much to talk about.

On the evening part of their date, Rachel tells him that her biggest issue in her previous relationship was her lack of communication. She tells Ben to let her know if she's not opening up enough. The music changes so we know it's heading in a positive direction — he gives her a rose.

The group date goes to Jamie, Casey S, Blakeley, Lindzi, Samantha Nicki, Kacie B, Courtney. Ben arrives on horseback. The day's activity is fly-fishing and Courtney says she'll be a pro. "Catching fish isn't much harder than catching a man, and I've done that before," she quips. Courtney is true to her word and is the first one to catch something.

Later, when Samantha and Ben have some alone time, she asks why she's only been on group dates, then laughs when he responds that he likes to observe the women on them. It goes downhill from there as he tells Samantha she's highly emotional on the dates and is wondering if she can continue "to hang" and if she's even there for him or not. "From what I've seen I don't think I can see this going much further," he says — and sends her home.

Courtney and Ben kiss immediately during their alone time, but then Courtney plays the "this is too hard" card. As Courtney says she's losing sight of everything, she's actually reeling him in even more. The last thing he wants is her to be upset so she gets reassurance — and the rose. This girl has got him around her skinny finger.

Jennifer gets the next one-on-one date; they hike until they reach an area marked "no trespassing." Of course they're going in, only to find a crater that they're going to repel down. Jennifer hides her fear well as they descend and ultimately jump in the water below. And she gets a kiss for her efforts. Later they have dinner by the fire, chatting about previous relationships. Ben says he wasn't sure if they would relate, but feels really comfortable with her and he hands her the rose. They next head to a Clay Walker concert where they dance and embrace.

During the rose ceremony, Emily, who doesn't want Ben to be "fooled by the vegan raw doe-eyed model," decides to speak up. Ben tells her it's only to her demise if she lets this other woman consume her. Emily immediately regrets jeopardizing her time with Ben. Courtney gets word of the conversation and is none too thrilled. "I almost just want to rip her head off and verbally assault her ... or shave her eyebrows off in the middle of the night," she says.

Ben ultimately hands out his roses to Lindzi, Jamie, Nikki, Kacie B, Elyse, Blakeley, Casey S and Emily, leaving Monica as the lady going home.

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The women head to Park City, Utah, on this week's episode of The Bachelor,  and it's not just the weather that's icy.

Rachel gets the first one-on-one and it's also the season's first helicopter date. She and Ben take off and when they land they set off in a canoe situated on a gorgeous secluded lake. It's not before long that the two share a kiss (and make some awkward noises), but it's get even more awkward — in a bad way — when they get back to land. It becomes evident these two don't have much to talk about.

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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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