‘The Bachelorette’ Recap: The Wrestler Gets K-O
S6:E6 Last night’s episode of The Bachelorette kicked off with a bang! It was revealed that Justin the disabled wrestler had TWO girlfriends at home…one of which he wanted to marry! But let’s back up a bit.
Everyone arrived in Turkey, and Ali was so happy to be there she said the worst thing a person can say on a reality show: “I don’t think anything can go wrong at this point.” But of course, just as she was applying some concealer in her lighthouse of a bathroom, Chris Harrison walked in and said he wanted Ali to call a rando girl named Jesse. Jesse answered the phone after FIVE rings (as if she was busy making pancakes and totally forgot she had a phone date with The Bachelorette!) and told Ali she was sitting next to Justin’s girlfriend on a couch in Canada. Jesse passed the phone over to Jessica (are these two besties or what!?), who explained Justin had been calling her throughout the competition and said he had a plan to make it into the top three remaining suitors, and then leave so he could pursue a career in entertainment. When Ali hung up the phone, she and Chris went over to the guys’ suite and ousted Justin for never zipping up the fly on his jeans. And instead of answering Ali’s questions about his desire to get famous, Justin grabbed his wallet and his passport and bolted out the door. Ali chased him into the hotel’s garden, where he couldn’t seem to find a way out so it was like he was the poor little mouse you tortured in third grade for your science fair project.
The kicker was while Justin was running through the Edward Scissorhands-shaped bushes, the voicemail messages he had left on Jessica’s phone were playing the the background. So it turned out, the most honest thing about Justin was the Canadian way he said “abooot!”
After that whole thing happened, Ali put on a smile and went on a date to get “steamy” with Ty. Obviously, they went to a Turkish bath, where they put on some 50s style-looking table cloths and sweated to the oldies. They had dinner by the water and talked about feelings and his divorce, while basking in the glow of the candles that all of the ones at Pier 1 are modeled after. Ty got a rose, which looked kind of fake! (The actual rose, not the gesture.)
Next up was the group date with Chris, Craig, Roberto and Kirk (it’s scary: now we have more toes on our feet than suitors!). Ali brought the guys to a 15th century fortress and after sipping some brewskis, Ali poured olive oil all over them and made them wrestle some Turkish men. The suitors looked taller, but it didn’t matter because the other guys were Turkish and scrappy and well-fed.
After they fought the Turks, the suitors fought each other for some one-on-one time with Ali at the end of the day. Craig was the only one who hadn’t yet had alone time with her, so he was ready to throw down even though he’s more accustomed to “fighting with words” because he’s a lawyer. It’s just unfortunate for him that Ali values beef over charisma! But it all ended well because he beat everyone and won the solo time with Ali. They went on a sweet little boat and had dinner in a lighthouse that Ali and Craig just thought was a tower. Things were a little awkward, which can be assumed had to do with this being the sixth episode and while all the other guys know Ali, Craig knows more about them than her.
For her second one-on-one date she chose Frank to see if she still had chemistry with him. You don’t remember, but Frank was the first person to go on a date with Ali, and the first person to receive a rose from her. But that was a good three cities and one defunct wrestler ago, and Ali had problems with the way Frank ignored her on group dates…so this was kind of Frank’s last shot. They went to a spice bazaar, which actually looked quite beautiful. They tried on some belly dancing attire and bought a rug that definitely will not make it back to either one of their apartments. Instead, it will end up in a forlorn producer’s country home. For carrying it all around Istambul, Frank got a rose.
Right when it was time to have the customary cocktail party before the elimination ceremony, Ali told Chris she wasn’t into it and she didn’t think it was fair to make the guys feel like they had to plead their cases to her (which Craig would have aced!) when she’d already made her mind up about who was going home. In the end, Ali sent Craig home, even though he wrestled another dude covered in oil and has a law degree. So that leaves us with Roberto, Kirk, Frank, Chris and Ty. Place your bets — we’re almost off to the races!