I love that this episode was in Warsaw, Indiana – Kevin’s family lives there! In fact, when we met Ben he told us that he knows Kevin’s Aunt. Crazy small world right?
I feel like Ben sent us a very clear message right off the bat during this episode. What was that message? That at this point in the show, he is most into Lauren B. Ben brought Lauren on the most important date of the week (besides meeting his parents, but I’ll get into why that wasn’t the most important date this week in a little bit). The Youth Center, his local dive bar, a real look into what his life is like when he goes home to visit Warsaw.
Then there’s his undeniable chemistry with Jojo. Ben said he can be himself more with her than anyone. That’s a good sign for sure, but doesn’t necessarily mean that he is most into her. He is just more comfortable with her at this point. Sometimes the people you like the most make you feel a little uncomfortable – but in a good way. Also her 1-on-1 date was in Chicago. So Ben chose to take her somewhere fun, over somewhere personal in his hometown. That said, I know Wrigley Field is super important to Ben. Kevin and I talked to him about it recently and he was SO PSYCHED that he got to go hang at the field when it was closed to the public. But even though this experience means a lot to Ben, this date still isn’t as personal as his date with Lauren B.
The 3-on-1 date was super awkward. And when Ben gave Amanda the rose, I felt he didn’t know how to handle the other girls reactions and as a result he didn’t handle it the best. He should have offered them a little more sympathy. He has handled everything PERFECTLY up until now, and I absolutely don’t blame him for not doing everything perfect all the time. And maybe he did talk to the girls more after giving Amanda the rose and it didn’t make the final cut of the show. Who knows. But I think he gave Amanda the rose because it was really important he showed her that he wants to meet her kids.
Now onto Emily – she is such a sweetheart, right? When the group date card came and she found out she got the 1-on-1, Emily said through tears “I don’t want to take away from the group date”. I think that says a lot about what kind of friend she is to the other girls. Such a sweet thing to say in that moment. As nice as she is, it’s been pretty clear to me and I’m sure to all of you that she and Ben weren’t right for each other. At first I couldn’t understand why Ben would bring Emily to meet his parents. Why wouldn’t he take Lauren B or Jojo on that date? After a lot of thought, I think it’s because it would have made the other girls SO mad. The others girls (Caila even said this in an interview) knew Ben didn’t have a deep connection with Emily, so even if he didn’t send her home and brought her to meet his parents, it wouldn’t have upset the other girls that much. But if he had brought Jojo, Lauren B or Caila, they would have been so upset. So that’s what I assume his thought process was. Who knows if I’m right. I also think he thinks Emily is super sweet too, and he needed an excuse to let her go. He had to know that his parents would know she wasn’t the one for him.
In the end he sent Becca home. I was weirdly sad before the rose ceremony started because I really like all the remaining girls and I really like them all for Ben! Normally there are still a few obvious “send homes” when 5 girls are left, but I just didn’t think there was an obvious choice this time. If I had to guess, I would’ve guessed Becca and next week I feel like it will be Amanda. From there I think Caila will go, and Jojo and Lauren will be the final two. I feel like he is going to choose Lauren in the end but I wouldn’t be surprised if things get really hot and heavy with Jojo. So we shall see! Those are just my guesses and I think many of you agree me me. Do you? Tell me your thoughts in the comments below!
Until next time…
P.S. Since this is my fashion blog. I leave you with what I would to a rose ceremony 🙂 Ya know – cause pregnant women totally fit in at rose ceremonies 😉