The Bachelor

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The Bachelor Episode: "The Bachelor"

Season 16, Episode 7
Episode Synopsis: Ben and the six remaining bachelorettes visit Belize. One-on-one date activities include biking on a limestone-coral island, a visit to Mayan ruins (where Ben hears something surprising) and diving. The group date also involves diving, this time with sharks. At the rose ceremony, Ben has four roses to dispense. He'll visit the recipients in their hometowns.
Original Air Date: Feb 13, 2012

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Season 16, Episode 7
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Length: 01:25:05
Aired: 2/13/2012
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The Bachelor Episode Recap: Week 7 Season 16, Episode 7

The ladies arrive in Belize, where Chris Harrison meets them to say how important the week is and that it will lead to hometown dates. (No pressure!) Lindzi receives the first one-on-one date so Ben, sporting a nice muscle tank, picks her up. They helicopter over the gorgeous ocean and Ben tells her they'll be jumping out of it into what's called The Blue Hole. They gain the courage to do so and share a kiss before they jump and many kisses as soon as they land.

Ben and Lindzi have a romantic candlelit dinner on the dock. Lindzi shares that she would love to take Ben home to meet her family and that she's so excited about where their relationship is headed. Then Ben pulls out a letter for them to write a note in a bottle to throw in the ocean. They settle on a letter on one side and a picture on the other. As Ben reads the story out loud, we see a brief montage of the two since they met.

Emily receives the next solo date card and it reads, "Do you Belize in love?" Guess they couldn't not use that pun this week. Ben and Emily set out on bikes and ride through the town. "I feel like I'm on vacation with my boyfriend," Emily says. "If only he didn't have five other girlfriends." Sigh. Next they move on to dive for their dinner: lobster!

At dinner, Ben asks if she feels confident enough to bring Ben home to meet her family. She says that she's focused on him, there's a strong connection and she's ready to take the next step. Ben proposes a toast and gives her a kiss.

Courtney actually seems to be emotional, but then gets bratty by saying that if she doesn't get a one-on-one, she won't accept a rose. Welcome to The Bachelor; suck it up. But she doesn't need to worry about that because she gets the date. They take off for a hike around the jungle and into Mayan temples. They talk about the tough time Courtney has had throughout the process and Ben tells her how she's continued to stand out (little does he realize...) and how he's learned he wants a woman with edge. And then they climb to the top of temple where Courtney says she refound the spark with Ben.

At dinner, Ben tells Courtney that during their day, he had a crazy moment of clarity with her and wants her in his life. They then talk about the other women in the house and Courtney claims that while she's been nice to them since Day 1, they haven't tried to get to know her at all. (She's clearly not on the same show that we're watching.) He shares concerns that she's not getting along with anyone. She continues to say how she's not impressed by the girls. Ben doesn't want to keep pushing, but admits she's getting quite defensive.

Rachel, Nicki and Kacie get woken up for their group date by Ben at 4 a.m. to head out to sea. They soon find out that they'll be going shark-diving. Rachel, suffice it to say, is terrified, and the ladies aren't thrilled when her fears help her monopolize Ben's time. But later on, each of the three women gets some quality time with Ben where Nicki and Kacie both tell him that they're falling in love. Ben must decide which of the three girls will get a rose and be safe this week and it goes to Kacie B. And then the three make a bold move and tell him they have something important to say and that he needs to tread lightly about Courtney.

It's time for the rose ceremony and most of the girls are feeling nervous and tense, but Courtney couldn't be happier. Chris, meanwhile, shows up and says Ben's mind is made up and there's no reason for a cocktail party. Ben arrives next, but says that he wants to talk with Courtney before he proceeds. Courtney tells him she's not there to make friends and that she's there for him. While the ladies are hoping that it means she's going home, Courtney keeps assuring Ben that she's there for him. They return and Ben grabs the roses. They go to Nicki, Lindzi and Courtney.

I'm personally shocked that Emily is going home, especially over Nicki. Are you?

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The ladies arrive in Belize, where Chris Harrison meets them to say how important the week is and that it will lead to hometown dates. (No pressure!) Lindzi receives the first one-on-one date so Ben, sporting a nice muscle tank, picks her up. They helicopter over the gorgeous ocean and Ben tells her they'll be jumping out of it into what's called The Blue Hole. They gain the courage to do so and share a kiss before they jump and many kisses as soon as they land.

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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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