The Bachelorette Episodes

2003, TV Show

The Bachelorette Episode: "The Bachelorette"

Season 5, Episode 6
Episode Synopsis: Jillian and the eight remaining bachelors take a train trip across western Canada, stopping at Emerald Lake, Lake Louise and Banff. Six of the guys also hop into a hot tub with her, while two others go on make-or-break solo dates. Back aboard the train, one guy sneaks into Jillian's private car, then three are sent packing at the rose ceremony. The other five will get to entertain Jillian on their home turfs.
Original Air Date: Jun 22, 2009

The Bachelorette Episode Recap: June 22, 2009 Season 5, Episode 6

In this week's episode, the pressure rises as the guys try to stay in the competition until next week, when Jillian will visit the remaining bachelors' hometowns.

Hello, and welcome back to our recap. With me as always is my beautiful and brilliant fiancée, who this week predicted not only what bachelors would get roses, but did so in the correct order. She also saw this Jon and Kate thing back in 2005.

The episode begins with Jillian taking the guys on a train trip across Canada. They pass snowcapped mountains, lush trees, and reflecting lakes. Wes, the country singer from Austin, Texas, asks if one of the bodies of water is a lake or an ocean. Yeah, dude. It's the Canadian Ocean. We know Austin is landlocked, but come on. It has a very lovely lake.

Robbie gets an on-train date with Jillian. He tells her he's between jobs and hasn't been in love in a long time and that his family's curse is that no one in his family gets married. In spite of these attributes, she decides not to give him a rose, and leaves him in the middle of the Canadian wilderness. He walks down a dirt road with his bags, until, at the last second, we see a white van. It's hopefully someone to drive him to an airport and not a serial murderer.

The other guys are stunned by his dismissal, especially Michael the funny break dancer, who cries. Next, we cut back to Wes, who quickly removes any doubt about whether he's supposed to be the bad guy of the show. He notes once again that he's been working on an album, and says the show can only help his music. Then he slips into Jillian's sleeping car, where she immediately pops up in bed.

Fiancée: She was fake sleeping! She was waiting to see which guy would show up.

Like all bad guys, Wes is all-too open about his evil plan. And yet still people exist (including my fiancée) who refuse to believe he's bad.

Wes (talking to camera): The fame I get from this, its almost like I taste it and I eat it...

Fiancée: He's kidding. He's mocking the audience's expectations.

Me: Uh, no.

Wes: I got records to sell.

Fiancée: He's obviously being facetious. It's so over the top.

Me: Why aren't you this naive with me?

Wes: I'll always have Jillian wrapped around my little finger, y'all.

Fiancée: Hm... that's a little hard to contextualize.

Next, Jillian takes all the guys snow-shoeing, except Reid, who's getting a one-on-one date later. Foot-obsessed Tanner helps her put on her snow shoes so that he can get closer to her feet. Jake the pilot gets some alone time with Jillian and says she reminds him of his mother — "so nurturing" — and tries to talk about his feelings. But he's interrupted by a bunch of other guys.

Kiptyn and her swap romance-y generalities and then make out.

Fiancée: He doesn't do it for me. I think because of the way he spells his name.

Everyone gathers around indoors and Michael asks Jillian what she wears when she sleeps. Tanner uses this as a transition to show her his underwear, because the whole indecent exposure thing worked so well for that guy who jumped naked in the pool in the first episode. Jillian is amused but not that amused.

Jillian: I just don't want to see someone's package yet. ... Although it was huge, I don't need to see the package.

Tanner borrows her to talk about his feelings and rub her feet.

Tanner (voiceover): Her feet are ridiculous. They're the closest thing to perfect and I've seen a lot of feet.

He keeps rubbing them, and then says the following. (Bear in mind that this is an exact quote and not something clumsily translated into another language and then back into English.)

Tanner: Now that I've felt how soft her feet are I want her to meet my family.

Next, she talks to and makes out with Jesse, then talks with Michael, who says how much he likes her. My fiancée agree that he's like the wacky loveable guy in an 80s romantic comedy. Thus, we like him. Jillian says she's "still looking for that physical connection with him."

Meanwhile, Tanner confesses to the other guys that it was he, and not Juan, who told Jillian two episodes back that some of the guys had girlfriends. The guys take it pretty well, except for evil Wes.

Wes: Here's an idea. I can't stand a tattletale.

He then, like all super villains, explains his brilliant scheme yet again, although it would be much smarter not too. He plans to drain all the world's lake and oceans, once he learns how to tell them apart. No, kidding. It's actual more evil than that.

Wes: "I've already sang my song that I wrote for Jillian. I've got what I wanted. I can get a little publicity on TV and I can haul ass. Or I can stay and try to get the girl."

One of the guys, who isn't identified, says Wes is a terrible person. Jesse says it's up to Jillian to figure out who the bad seeds are. Jake says it isn't fair for anyone to stick around for the wrong reasons. They all go to — yes — a hot tub, where Jillian gives a rose to Kiptyn.

Next, Jillian and my fiancée's favorite, Reid, go snowboarding. He falls a lot, which is normal. Then they eat fondue. He points out that fondue involves dipping raw meat into a dish to be cooked, then dipping more raw meat into the old raw meat juices. The editors include the following observation to show how "neurotic" he is, but I don't think this is actually neurotic at all. It actually sounds like a pretty awesome way to avoid bacteria. From this romantic topic they move on to subjects like where they would live if they fell in love.

Fiancée: She likes him more than he likes her. I think.

Reid: She eats raw meat juice. I'm out.

Just kidding, he doesn't really say that. Jillian says she's a little worried about how much they have in common, but would love to meet his family. She gives him a rose.
Later, at the rose ceremony, Jillian says she needs to ask several questions of the guys and pulls Michael aside. She tells him she never thought she could fall for someone his age — 25 — and wants to know if he's ready to never be with anyone else. He says yes.

They return to the group, and she gives roses to Jesse, Wes, and Michael.

Tanner is bitter. He thinks he was sent home because he's reserved and doesn't play guitar.

"She wouldn't have let me rub her feet by the fireplace if she was scared of my foot fetish," he reasons.

Jake is as baffled as we are about why she sent him home. He says the remaining contenders include "a dangerous guy, a flimsy guy... somebody really young." We're guessing he means Wes, Reid, and Michael, though we don't agree that Reid is flimsy. We regard his conscientiousness about not eating bacteria to be a plus.

Jake also predicts that if Wes wins he'll break her heart. "Nice guys finish last," he says. "It's been the story of my life."

Cut to the previews of future episodes:

Wes (voiceover): I came here for the music. I didn't come for the girl.

And Jake returns — in his pilot's uniform — to accuse Wes of having a girlfriend.

See what host Chris Harrison had to say about the show:

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In this week's episode, the pressure rises as the guys try to stay in the competition until next week, when Jillian will visit the remaining bachelors' hometowns.


Hello, and welcome back to our recap. With me as always is my beautiful and brilliant fiancée, who this week predicted not only what bachelors would get roses, but did so in the correct order. She also saw this Jon and Kate thing back in 2005.

The episode begins with Jillian taking the guys on a train trip across Canada. They pass snowcapped mountains, lush trees, and reflecting lakes. Wes, the country singer from Austin, Texas, asks if one of the bodies of water is a lake or an ocean. Yeah, dude. It's the Canadian Ocean. We know Austin is landlocked, but come on. It has a very lovely lake.
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Premiered: January 08, 2003, on ABC
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: A rose-wielding single woman looks for Mr. Right among a passel of hunky men, just like on 'The Bachelor' but with the gender roles reversed. Original 'Bachelor' runner-up Trista Rehn was the first bachelorette, and her selection of Colorado firefighter Ryan Sutter culminated in the three-part special 'Trista and Ryan's Wedding.'

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