I think that the mouse hunt at the end of the show may have been the most exciting and suspenseful part of this week's episode. I feel like so many of the dates this week have been done before. Roberto's one on one date started out similar to an episode of Magnum P.I. A giant yellow and red helicopter landed in the driveway to whisk Ali and Roberto off to an undisclosed location. Had Roberto been sporting a mustache, I would have sworn that we were back in the 80's. Not only that, but their little dare devil scene on the roof with the cables was a flash back to Jillian's season of The Bachelorette where she and Ed pulled off a similar stunt followed by some frolicking in the pool. Ali and Roberto just got to watch the sunset and have dinner on the roof. I guess she needed to save the frolicking for the music video.
The Barenaked Ladies decided to join the many fallen musicians who have cashed in their souls for a cameo appearance on The Bachelorette. This week's group date gave Ali a chance to make out with all of the guys and roll around in bed with them without making herself look like a complete harlot. It's kind of like having over night dates, only there are cameras instead of candles and someone yells cut before things get too steamy. It's always uncomfortable to watch the guys who are watching the guys kiss Ali. They just stare and try to convince themselves that it's only "acting", but when they keep going at it even after the director has yelled cut...more than once...it's a pretty good bet that there's something more than the magic of Hollywood going on between the sheets. The only thing that was more uncomfortable was watching the poor little weatherman choke under the pressure and start crying when the guys started giving him a hard time. Now I've been known to tear up in high stress situations, but I'm not a dude and I'm not on national television. It's got to be hard for Ali to take that kid seriously as a potential mate. One of you has to be the man and I don't think it's going to be Ali.
The biggest surprise of the night was Justin's decision to walk 2 miles on his crutches to try to get some one on one time with Ali at her mansion. He definitely comes off like a tool most of the time, but I think that most of it is an act. If he really was a tool, I don't think he would have walked the entire way. I think he would have called a cab or something. I agree with Ali. The fact that he made the effort, does say something for him. I think that the guys are jealous of him and that's why they are so hard on the guy, but I also think he brings a lot of it on himself. I think he is two-faced, but in some ways I think the wrestler douchebag side is the fake side and the side we saw of him in the first episode with his mom and grandmother, is the side of Justin that Ali would get if she wound up with him. I don't necessarily think he's right for Ali, but I don't think he's as bad as the guys make him out to be either. I have certainly seen bigger weasels on this show than Justin.
As for poor little Hunter, that boy really had no chance of getting a rose. He tried so hard on their one on one date, but the only sparks were in the fire. Of all the guys, his at home date with Ali was probably the most true to life, but if you can't create a connection when you are alone in a hot tub at sunset...well then you probably need to pack your bags and take your s'mores home.
Ali also sent home Steve and John. I expected John, because they gave him absolutely no camera time, but I expected her to give Steve a shot after the extra effort he made to create the courtyard picnic. If I were her, I would have cut Casey. I couldn't spend the rest of my life listening to that kid's voice. I know he can't help it, but there is just something about him that I find really unsexy and I could do without the weatherman as well. I guess she has to keep someone around to cut next week...might as well keep someone around who's small enough to fit under the cabinets to catch the mouse.
Tune in text week as they start their travels around the world....to New York...which is just across the country...but it's a start.