Week one is always exciting but let’s be real, it all starts week two. True colors come out, the drama begins, and the fantasy of becoming “Mrs. Ben Higgins” becomes real. Episode two starts off with the women gushing over Ben, the “best bachelor in history”.
The first group date was in a high school, because apparently, Ben is one of those weird people who actually enjoyed high school. The ladies were greeted by Professor Harrison (who else thinks this should be Chris Harrison’s every day look?) He told the women they would be going to four classes…first up, science class! The task at hand…make Ben’s volcano explode. Well, we’ll just leave that alone. Lace can’t read or communicate for that matter, because as she bragged to the camera, she was never good at school. Next up, lunch “class”. The women had to make lunch, which included bobbing for apples, specifically red ones, just like Ben’s heart. The Lace of lunch class was Jackie who apparently isn’t very good with her mouth. Again, we’ll leave that alone. In geography class we learned that the women, except for Lauren H who is a teacher, can’t read a map…or can’t even locate the state of Indiana, where Ben is from. Last but not least, gym class. This time we learned that most of the women don’t have very good eye-hand coordination and can’t shoot a free throw, but Mandi has incredibly long legs, which put her a step or hurdle ahead of Amber to win the final competition/homecoming queen, and some alone time with Ben. Mandi’s romantic alone time left the other women jealous, but it wasn’t romantic by any stretch of the imagination.
At the after party, Becca is the first to grab Ben who is falling for her every shot she makes. She tells him this time is different and she won’t be afraid to open up. But it’s Jennifer who opens up and gets the first kiss of the season, not counting Lace’s assault kiss on the first night. Jennifer returns to the group and within three seconds, she gushes that she kissed Ben, which as you can imagine, enrages Lace.
Back at the mansion, a date card comes, and surprise! It’s a one-on-one for Caila. Olivia is outraged, aka the moment we learn she has the biggest mouth in history. I think it’s safe to say that she wouldn’t have had any issues bobbing for apples. While Caila is crushing over her upcoming one-on-one date, Lace is trying to convince Ben that he met a different Lace on night one, one that she didn’t want him to meet. While she was trying to convince him that the real Lace is back and there to stay, ready to get to know him and vice versa, she is doing a damn good job of convincing herself that he is so into her and she will get the rose. Just when she is getting ready to lean in for the real Laces’ first kiss with the hunky bachelor, Jubilee comes and interrupts. I’d say thats a little revenge from science class. “This is not finished”, Lace angrily says as she starred at the rose. When Jubilee returned to the group, Lace asked her if she sucked Ben’s face but luckily, she doesn’t kiss and tell.
Lace wasn’t having any of it so she marched right over to Ben, interrupted a fellow bachelorette, and didn’t feel one ounce of guilt doing it. She reiterated herself once again that she just wants to get to know Ben and then went on to talk about how much she loves Denver, the place he currently resides. Now Ben knows three things about Lace – she has two personalities, both negative, she would move to Denver, and she doesn’t care about anyone except herself. Ben thanks her for coming back over, and Lace tells the camera she is getting the rose, despite not getting a kiss.
When Lace returns to the group they question her of her time with Ben, which she of course lies about. Ben comes and grabs JoJo and takes her to the roof where he shared his appreciation for her bubbleness throughout the date that day. While Ben told her exactly how he felt, she gushed her feelings for him. While twirling her hair (typical), he pulled her in for their first kiss, making every girl watching jealous. What a perfect first kiss. Needless to say the rose went to JoJo, which infuriated Lace, to say the least. #gameon.
The next day is supposed to be all about Caila and Ben considering it is the first one-on-one date of the season, but nope, it’s about Ride Along 2 stars, Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, who were planning the date (nice product placement, ABC). This was the most awkward date, besides Jimmy Kimmel on Kaitlyn’s one-on-one last season. After the awkwardness dissipated, Ben and Caila sat down to dinner where he wanted to learn more about her. She told him about her past experience, meeting her ex-boyfriend on a plane and then again on the streets of boston, giving fate the credit, but that her heart didn’t catch up to the oh so adorable story. She quizzed Ben on his “unlovable” comments, leading him to open up, which gave her the opportunity to prove how deep she was, something he appreciated. Needless to say, Caila got the rose. They end the night with the typical private concert, this time by Ben’s favorite artist, Amos.
The next group date was for Amanda, Olivia, Shushanna, Sam, Haley, and Emily. They head to the Love Lab where “scientists” are going to determine how compatible these women are for Ben. After the the first two tests it’s time for the test that measures if their body is creating chemicals that will tell if you’re a long-term match for Ben. This is ABC’s way of getting the bachelor and bachelorettes to strip down.
While the other women watch, Ben puts his body as close as humanly possible to other people’s bodies…but he doesn’t kiss them (even though Olivia begs for it). What we learned – Sam is not compatible with Ben and Olivia is. Of course the other women are jealous, and become increasingly more so when Ben brings Olivia back to his hotel room. They kiss, but Olivia, just like Jubilee, Olivia doesn’t kiss and tell. Amanda finally opens up and tells Ben about her daughters, which earns her a kiss, but no rose. The rose goes to Olivia who boasts “I don’t know what rose ceremonies are really.”
The moment we’ve all been waiting for – the cocktail hour. Before anyone gets a chance, Mrs. Olivia Higgins (sounds terrible, right?) steals her hubby away for some alone time. After openly admitting to the cameras that she wants to kiss him until his lips fall off, she said to Ben, the guy she’s spent very little time with, “you make me really happy,” to which he is taken aback: “That’s a good start,” he says. Translation: We just met; slow the hell down. When returned to the other women, she informs everyone that she’s had her time, which means they’re free to have theirs. Sweet, right? She’s just the best. Lace isn’t going to put up with that. She immediately asks Olivia to speak in private, to confront her.
Lace wasn’t through with Ben yet. She still had to explain her bold personality. She was “dorky looking” when she was a kid. As she asks Ben, “Can I tell you one picture?” YOU LITERALLY CANNOT BUT WHATEVER. Then Ben was saved. Thank G-d. Lauren B. came to the rescue. Ben took her out to the front of the mansion where they had their first conversation and he gave her a picture of them having their first conversation. Aw, so cute. He gave Lauren H. a first place ribbon for being the first one to make Ben’s volcano explode (I can’t, I just can’t), and then Ben surprises Amanda with barrettes, a glue gun, and flowers to decorate them for her daughters. Her heart melted.
The second best moment we were waiting for – the rose ceremony. Ben gives roses to: Amanda, Jubilee, Lauren B., Leah, Becca, Rachel, Lace, and LB, who pulls Ben aside to let him know she isn’t feeling it and leaves on her own. The question of the night – Who was Ben going to send home in her place? Sam, Mandi, and Jackie (and her tiny mouth) were the three unfortunate bachelorettes who left.
Coming up next week…More Lace, more Olivia, and oh yea, more Lace and Olivia. Stay tuned!