The Women Tell All: The night the women who were rejected by Juan Pablo look amazing to try to make the bachelor regret his decision. Well, not in this case. This season has brought many firsts. One, not only did one woman leave Juan Pablo but two (for different reasons). Two, the women at the WTA didn’t seem to bat an eyelash when their ex-boyfriend walked on stage. Typically some women are angry, jealous of the final two ladies, wanting answers, but nope…the women are content as possible, looking ahead towards their future.
The episode kicks off with “royalty” as Chris Harrison likes to describe Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici (officially now a Lowe). They talk about their magical wedding, Catherine’s new bangs, and the small stuff until Chris cuts to the chase — the wedding night. Catherine plays coy, talking about how “romantic” it all was, but Sean cuts to the chase. “Fireworks!” he says, to which his wife jokingly replies, “Quick fireworks!” (Ouch.) “He toots his own horn,” she adds, “so I have to keep him in his place.” Oh, marital bliss! Ah, marriage. Next up for the happy couple? Kids — within the next 12 months, they hope. “He’s old,” Catherine says of her 30-year-old husband when Chris notes how soon that is. “If I’m old,” Sean quips, “Harrison’s ancient.”
Lauren H (the one with the dramatic, crying exit the first night), Kylie, Danielle, Elise, Alli, Victoria, Chantel, Christy, Lauren S (the one who awkwardly asked to kiss Juan Pablo and then he replied he wasn’t there to kiss 27 women because of his daughter), Lucy (the free spirit who walks around naked), Cassandra, Chelsie, Kat, Kelly, Sharleen, Renee, and Andi are all there to face their ex, Juan Pablo.
“Clearly, Juan Pablo [is] an attractive man…why wasn’t that enough?”, Chris Harrison asks the ladies.
Andi is the first to chime in. “At the end of the day,” she says, “those looks can fade, and you need something more than that.” The other ladies agree that he never really asked them questions about themselves, and that when he did, he didn’t listen to the answers. Lauren S. even goes so far as to say he “wasn’t genuine,” which dog lover Kelly takes issue with. She says Lauren was “very into him” while she was on the show and accuses her of changing her story just because she got dumped.
Andi, at least, believes Juan Pablo really was there to find someone, but that he wanted to find a girlfriend — “someone to date…after this is all over and figure out if this is gonna work” — whereas they all wanted to find a husband. (Would dating someone before marrying them really be so bad?)
One thing that seems to really bother the women about Juan Pablo is his obsession with being “fair” — and his inability to stick to his own rules in pursuit of that fairness. “I think he used his daughter as an excuse a lot,” Kelly says. Chris warns her to be careful with the Camila card and then throws the conversation to single moms Renee and Cassandra, who admit they were treated differently because they have kids. And speaking of treating people differently…how do the ladies feel about Clare getting so much special attention from Juan Pablo?
Andi and Kat, who roomed with Clare, admit to having no idea she snuck out in the middle of the night to go swimming in the ocean with Juan Pablo. It doesn’t seem to bother Andi much, saying she would have done the exact same thing if she had the opportunity. She does however have an issue with how he handled the situation afterwards, as to the other ladies. as do the other ladies. (After their tryst, he told Clare they’d made a mistake and shamed for her coming by.) “I think he had a case of buyer’s remorse,” Sharleen says. “He didn’t man up the way he should have.”
Sharleen was the first one in the hot seat. Before she explains her odd experience and exit on the show, one that Chris Harrison describes as the strangest experience he’s seen on the show, we watch her “journey”. “I knew that he wasn’t the one for me, like, ultimately. You know, we still had something. We had something great, and I could see him as someone that I would date, very happily, but…we weren’t airtight,” she explains to Chris. “We didn’t get each other completely.” That said, she still has fond memories of Juan Pablo. “I have a lot of respect for him, actually, and I thought he was very kind to me,” she says. She says she needs to have “cerebral chemistry” with the person she’s with and that was lacking with her and Juan Pablo, in other words saying he’s not as smart as she is (I mean, thats true). She might be the most intellectual, curious person thats ever been on the show. Sharleen stands out amongst the other women, saying that she disagrees with Andi and that Juan Pablo was curious and asked her a lot about herself and her experiences throughout the process.
Next up, fan favorite, Renee! “We were really, really slow-paced compared to everyone else,” she admits. Still, the feelings were there, at least on her end, and she has no regrets about doing the show. “I learned a lot. You know, dating as a single mom is hard,” she says. “It actually gave me a lot of confidence in the whole dating world.” Speaking of the dating world, has Renee found love since leaving Juan Pablo? “I’m in a situation now where I’m very happy, but that’s all I’m gonna say,” she teases coyly. “I don’t want to jinx anything.” All’s good! Just a few days ago, we heard Renee is engaged! Congratulations!
Renee was also one to side with Sharleen in that Juan Pablo asked her about herself and her son more than the other ladies could attest to. Maybe it was the single mother “favorite” thing, or just that Juan Pablo was trying to impress them.
On that note, it’s time to move on to Andi, whose disastrous fantasy suite date with Juan Pablo led to an angry confrontation and tense goodbye in episode nine. So what really went down behind those closed doors? “There was just a lot of negativity,” she says. There was also a comment, she claims, that she had just “barely” beaten out Renee. The tipping point, though, was when he brought up his overnight date with Clare. “I remember thinking to myself, ‘This will never work,'” she recalls. “I remember just being mentally done at that point…For him to bring that up, I was just so shocked and appalled by it.”
Andi wants to set the record straight though — “The things he said were entirely inappropriate and rude, but he wasn’t mean to me. I think that should be made very clear,” she clarifies. “I think sometimes it’s just that he doesn’t think about it…There’s no filter there.” So does she still believe in “great love,” or did the experience with Juan Pablo ruin it for her? “I want that love. I really genuinely do,” she says. “I will [continue to search for it].” (Possibly as the next Bachelorette?)
Once it’s time for the bachelor to be in the hot seat, the women have already said what they’ve wanted to say. It’s ok, Juan Pablo, don’t be nervous. Chris Harrison jumps right in and asks him if there’s anything he would want to change. “No, no. At the end of the day, you have to be very realistic, very mature, and very honest in this situation,” he explains. “And I’ve been honest since day one with all of you…When you’re honest with somebody, it’s definitely going to hurt.”