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February 2012


Ben Breaks Another Heart, Chooses His Final Two

Ben starts things out this week by talking about his feelings and about how he does have a fear of picking the wrong person.  However, he seems optimistic that he is there to find love and is determined to do so.



Nicki is up first in beautiful Switzerland!  Surprise, surprise another helicopter shows up.  Nicki and Ben climb aboard for a special tour of the area to take in the breathtaking views.  After their thrilling helicopter ride, they sat down outside, on top of a mountain, and had a talk about how things went with her family.  It seems like Ben likes her, but I can’t be sure how much.  I guess it’s enough to spend an overnight together because he said in his on camera interview that he hopes she says yes to that later.


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Preview of Tonight's Fantasy Dates on 'The Bachelor'

Here's a preview of the final three ladies' fantasy dates with Ben on tonight's "The Bachelor"!


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Ben's Secret Visitor Is...

A jilted bachelorette comes back to confront Ben about Courtney and tell him some dirt on the other ladies too apparently.  I won't tell you who it is in case you don't want to know...but if you do, play the video below.


I was actually a little surprised!  What do you think about her returning to talk to Ben?


Hugs, Kisses & Roses,
Jennifer Matarese 


Preview of Next Week's Fantasy Dates on 'The Bachelor'

This is a juicy one!  This preview note released by ABC about next week's "Bachelor" reveals quite a bit!  I can't wait to find out which of Ben's bachelorettes is the one that comes back to warn him about Courtney, although something tells me it won't matter very much. 

Ben's alpine adventure in the snow-capped mountains of Interlaken, Switzerland, begins with a spectacular helicopter tour with Nicki, sweeping over the majestic glaciers. Cuddling together, they touch down atop a deserted mountain that makes it appear they are on the edge of the earth. Over a romantic dinner Nicki reveals the lengths to which she will go to capture Ben's heart. But will her full disclosure be music to Ben's ears or will it make him run for the Alps?

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Hometown Dates Seem to Provide Clarity to Ben

“The Bachelor” this week kicked off in Ocala, Florida with Lindzi’s hometown date.  It looks so beautiful there with the horse ranch.  She entered by riding in on a horse on the track. 

He greeted her with a kiss and they were off to go on the date that she had planned.  She got a harness and hooked up a cart to the horse and they took a ride around the track.  It looked like a lot of fun!


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Preview of Courtney's Hometown Date

Courtney meets up with Ben this week in her hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona.


She surprises him by taking him to the spot she always thought would be perfect to have a wedding.


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Full Transcript of Interview with Emily O'Brien

Here is the full transcript from the interview with Emily O'Brien from the other day.  It's very telling to what her actual feelings towards Ben are at this point, and you may be surprised at how nice she is in what she says about Courtney.  I've highlighted my portion of the conference call interview in PURPLE.


Question:            So, how shocked were you at the Rose Ceremony?


Emily O'Brien:    To be completely honest, I wasn't totally shocked.  When Ben pulled Courtney aside, it was sort of like a last glimmer of hope for me.  I thought maybe, you know, he's finally listening to all of and seeing what we all see, but I think I kind of knew at that point that he was going to keep Courtney and that Rachel and I were going to be going home.  Just a feeling I had.


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New Interview with Emily, and Changing Public Opinion of Ben?

Today Emily did a conference call interview and if one thing is for sure, a lot of these women now have changing opinions about Ben, and it seems viewers do too.  I'll admit, I wasn't the most excited when I found out Ben was "The Bachelor" but I was willing to give it a chance.  I hate to say it but I just don't like the way he speaks to the women sometimes and I personally would have never dated him.  Phew.  That feels good to get off my chest.  Is this to say he's a bad person, not at all!  He definitely does seem to care about his family and his dog, so he has that going for him, but when it comes down to it, Emily is totally better off not being with Ben and she totally realizes that.


In fact, Emily said, "I have to be honest, I won’t be happy if Ben ends up with Lindzi, Nicki or Kacie.  They deserve someone different, someone who is a little more on their level and grounded.  I’m not sure that they (Ben and Courtney) deserve each other, but I think they are what each other is looking for, so if they end up together they may be happy with each other we’ll have to wait and see."  That's the second woman to say that!  Monica said something similar too.

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Ben Visits the Final Four Ladies' Hometowns Next Week

This coming Monday, Ben heads to the hometowns of his final four: Lindzi, Kacie B., Nicki, and Courtney.  I am really rooting Lindzi and Kacie B. on!  For some reason, there's no pictures of Lindzi and Ben from their time together yet, but there was a few for the others!  Here's what ABC says is coming up next week:


Ben's journey starts in Ocala, Florida, where he spends the day with Lindzi and her fun-loving parents on their picturesque horse farm. Up until now, she has been hesitant to open up to Ben, but she finally reveals that her last relationship left her heartbroken and she is afraid to make herself vulnerable. Her parents notice the difference in their once reticent daughter whose heart seems open again, but will they welcome Ben into their family?



When he arrives in Clarksville, Tennessee, Ben is met in grand style by a marching band led by Kacie B., his baton-twirling suitor, who has been one of the front-runners for his heart since their emotional first date. As they picnic on a football field named after her grandfather, Kacie fills in Ben about her rich family history and her grandparents' inspiring love story. But what happens when Ben meets Kacie's father? Will he give Ben his blessing, or will this spell trouble for the couple's future?

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Ben Makes his Hometown Choices, Down to the Final Four Now

This week Ben and the ladies are at the Coco Beach Resort in Belize!  It looks absolutely beautiful there!  We’re down to the final six.  This is a really pivotal episode because this is when Ben picks his final four ladies and he will go and visit their hometowns.

Chris Harrison shows up and hands off the first date card.  Courtney reads that the first date card gives Lindzi the first one-on-one in Belize.  It read: “Lindzi, two halves make a whole”.



Nicki was really upset because she really likes Ben, but has yet to have a one-on-one date.  Other girls are getting two of them before she’s even had one.  That’s not really fair!



Ben swings by and picks up Lindzi in a helicopter.  I’m sorry but there are just way too many helicopter pickups this season.  It’s getting ridiculous!  Lindzi and Ben jump out of the helicopter into “The Blue Hole”.  It’s supposed to have some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world there.



Later, they went to a pier to have dinner and there was a lot of kissing before they were even sitting down!  Ben seems really optimistic and tells her how great things are going for.  He asked her if she is ready to bring him home to meet her family because “it’s a two-way street.”  Finally, it was so nice to hear him say something like that.



Back at the hotel, another date card came.  It said: “Emily, Do you Belize in love?”  Courtney is super upset and crying.  Poor Nicki, she has to be bummed about that too.



Lindzi tells Ben that she would love to bring him home to meet her parents.  She also reveals to him that she’s falling for him!  That’s a really big step and thing to say!  Then, Ben and Lindzi write a letter and send it off in a bottle.  It’s very metaphoric as they draw a silly picture of them jumping out of the helicopter on one side and on the other they write the fairytale version of their story with each other.  So they send it off into the water.



Emily takes a biplane to meet Ben.  He surprises her with bicycles to ride through town on.  They had a fun time shopping, playing, and just walking around through town.  They meet a lobster fisherman who takes the happy couple on his boat to go diving for lobsters.  You have to hook the lobster by its tail, and then they squirm and jump and run away!  Can you blame them?  They don’t want to be dinner!



Courtney is back at the hotel crying about how Ben took Emily out and how he doesn’t have her back by doing that.  She thinks that Emily is terrible and said terrible things about her and treated her like crap.  Well, that’s funny because it totally seemed the other way around.  She says that if she doesn’t get a one-on-one she won’t accept a rose from him.  Yeah right.



Emily and Ben meantime are cutting a rug with the locals.  They are at an outdoor bar dancing and having fun and then they walk over to a private area to have a nice dinner.  Their lobsters have been prepared and cooked amazingly for them!  She says to him that the whole Courtney thing has kind of made them miss out on getting to know each other, but that the date was so great that she does feel ready to bring him home.



Another date card comes: “Courtney let’s take the next steps in our relationship.”  Courtney gloats in front of all of the other girls, including Nicki.  Kacie is super upset with all of the comments that she says and she just wants to lash out at her. 



Courtney arrives on a tiny plane to meet Ben for her one-on-one.  He took her for another hike through some woods where they find a Mayan Temple from 100BC.  They climb up a ton of stairs.  She tells Ben that she wouldn’t have accepted a rose if she didn’t get a one-on-one and that she’s still not sure about bringing him home.  His face completely fell.  She told him that she “lost the spark babe”.  He just tries to tell her that he has noticed her along the way and that he would be sad if she left.  He’s totally falling for her and says that he wants a woman with a little bit of edge and who’s weird.  He tells her that he wants to meet her family.  Up at the top of the temple, they kiss…barf.



Ben talks about his dad and how when he sees something amazing he says “Oh my dad.”  He says that he feels certain about her and sees himself spending his life with her.  She says that she has refound her spark for him.



At dinner, they talk about what it would be like to meet her family.  She says that she would love to take him home.  She wanted him to not bring up marriage to her dad unless he was serious about it because she doesn’t want to put her family through that if it’s not an option.  You have to respect that.



One more date card arrives for the ladies and it reads: “Rachel, Nicki and Kacie let’s sea whose family I will meet.”  There is a date rose on the line with this group date.



Back with Courtney and Ben, she says 100% she has tried to win the girls over and complimented them and they don’t want to know anyone about her.  She tells Ben they are into themselves and they are very “vanilla”.  She admits to Ben that she has more guy friends than girl friends.  Ben says that he fears being with a woman that he loves that no one else likes.  Ding, ding, ding!  Hello, Ben!  That’s exactly what you have right here!



Ben sneaks in the ladies’ hotel room and wakes them all up with a flashlight.  He tells them to meet him out on the dock when they are ready.  They are all really freaking out and trying to shave their legs as quick as they can.  Rachel, Kacie, and Nicki go with Ben on a catamaran to go swim with the sharks!  Rachel is freaking out!  She’s really afraid of sharks.  I don’t blame her, while this date is cool, it would scare me too.  The other girls are a little annoyed though because she is kind of monopolizing his time with her fear.



Later, they all head to a resort to lounge by the pool.  The date rose is sitting on the table staring the ladies in the face.  He spends some time talking with each of them and there were no disasters, he seems to enjoy spending time with all of them.  It was weird because he said something nice about each of the ladies, and then offered the rose to Kacie B.  He probably should have done that in private.



Then, Nicki, Kacie B. and Rachel all warn Ben about Courtney.  They tell him to tread lightly.  Ben says that now he is starting to wonder if she is there for the “right reasons”.



All of the ladies head to the cocktail party.  When Emily mentioned that it will be hard to say goodbye to friends that they have made and how they have made good friendships, Courtney made her typical sour face.  She then went on about how she is in Belize and has a pina colada so she’s all set. 



Chris Harrison walks in and surprises everyone by saying that Ben knows what he wants to do and there will be no cocktail party. 



Ben asks to talk to Courtney before the rose ceremony begins.  He asks her if she’s really in it for him, and she says that the only reason she is there for him and not to make friends.



Time for roses: Nicki, Lindzi, and Courtney make up the final four with Kacie.



Emily and Rachel were eliminated. He just tells Rachel, take care, goodbye, and that was it!  No walk out or anything.  Poor Rachel!  She’s a sweet girl. 



Then Emily said goodbye and Courtney said, “See ya, wouldn’t want to be ya”.  How freaking rude!  It’s so not fair!  But then again, I guess it is.  If he can’t see through it and listen to what all of these other girls are saying, he deserves whatever he gets.  If she ends up being great for him, great!  If not, then that’s what it is.



Next week, it looks like these hometowns get pretty intense!  The girls’ dads have some pretty serious questions for Ben, we’ll have to wait and see how he handles it all!


Hugs, Kisses & Roses,
Jennifer Matarese





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