Last week, Chris desperately tried to eliminate his partner Blakeley as he found a new girl, Sarah, to partner and hook up with but instead his other hookup partner Jamie left.
Throughout the season my favourites have been Kalon and Michael, and that didn’t change through the last episode. With Chris having switched partners from Blakeley to Sarah, and Tony’s partner Jamie being chucked, they came together to be quite the force. Not only did we see a force on the challenge side, but we also saw it on their date in the romance side.Throughout the season, Michael and Kalon have been my favourites and this did not change last week. This was also the first week that we saw Tony as a featured player in this game. The only man left who we still haven’t seen much from is Nick. Although he was on a 3on1 date he hasn’t had any romances or strategic moments, leaving a lot to be desired from him.
This week’s challenge was “The Great Fall of China.” The women compete against each other (and men against each other) walking back and forth with a tray, adding a cup and saucer each time until they make it with six of each. Every time the cups and saucers fall they must restart their laps, making the lead change quickly. Along with trying to not let the dishes fall, one also isn’t allowed to touch the dishes while going through the path. The three front runners in this race were Sarah, Lindzi, and Blakeley. When this challenge was initially brought up Blakeley was definitely the most excited because she used to be a waitress at Hooters. Although Sarah was the first to finish with 6 cups and saucers, in the last few seconds she touched the dishes to steady them, leaving her eliminated. In the end, Blakeley did win the challenge as expected. This left Chris incredibly displeased as he would be unable to vote off Blakeley as he had hoped. But then when it was the men’s turn to do the challenge he was unable to win the rose for himself, letting it go to Blakeley’s teammate, Tony. Leaving everybody else thoroughly annoyed, Blakeley helped Tony along throughout the challenge, never more than a few steps away and always with supportive words and encouragement. Personally, I liked this team. Blakeley was the only person that supported her teammate, and we never heard bad comments. If Tony thinks he can put up with her ‘nagging’ then more power to him.
The Romantic Dates / In-House Drama:
Because partners Blakeley and Tony won the date, Chris Harrison comes in and asks if Blakeley would take him on her date which she agrees to. She is then made to give her rose somebody else, allowing them a date as well. Giving her safety rose to the man who had yet to be on a date, Kalon is now able to take is wonderful woman on the date of their lives. With the option of a normal or an overnight date, Blakeley elects to go on the second one with Tony, giving Kalon the opportunity for the normal (non-sleepover) date.
Kalon’s date card shows up and with it two boxes. Kalon’s obvious choice of Lindzi for the date brings with it beautiful jewelry and a Bentley to drive around in. Blakeley is jealous of the finery, but looks forward to her date even more. They follow their GPS directions across LA to a closed bridge where they find a dinner set up for them overlooking the LA skyline. I have been incredibly excited for the glimpses of Kalon that we have been seeing in the past few episodes, but this was the best yet. Seeing Kalon proclaim that he “might be kind of maybe falling in love” with Lindzi was so amazing. Although we never saw her response, we did see a massive smile form on her face as he was making his proclamation. I really do hope he is happy with her (as when I googled images of their date I discovered they seem to still be dating about a month later).
Blakeley chose the overnight date, imagining planes and trips ands cruises and other lavish date ideas while her and Tony actually get a Jeep, a trailer, and blankets under the stars. Although initially shocked by the difference from the Kalon/Lindzi date, they make the most of it. The fact that their date was so relaxed and normal meant the chemistry they exhibited had a better chance of being real and progressing post-BP. The cutest moment was when Tony turned the radio on in the Jeep and they danced around it until they started kissing. Upon getting home, Chris B seemed really frustrated with Tony for being enchanted by Blakeley, but I don’t see the problem with anybody but Chris in this scenario. Maybe if he kept his word he wouldn’t be in this mess…? When they get back from the date and Tony is about to hand out his safety rose to one of the women in the house Blakeley momentarily gets concerned that Tony won’t follow through on what they discussed, but he does end up giving it to Jaclyn instead of Sarah like Chris insisted.
Michael isn’t stopped by not winning the challenge, and he pulls Rachel away for a little one on one time together. His guitar is there, and they just end up cuddling and chatting about how they’re falling for each other. Another cute moment with them that I would hope to see more of…
Chris Harrison comes in on the night of the rose ceremony to shake up the voting. This week, everybody votes for a woman to go home, and then immediately after not receiving a rose, she chooses a man to be sent home with her. Suddenly everybody is fretting about going home. Before this switch, Chris was terrified about going home but afterward he thinks he is safe until he starts getting worried again. He is such an emotional wreck on this show, I can’t handle him anymore.
With Chris wanting to vote out Lindzi but being unable to because she’ll send him home, he sets his sights on anybody else. Michael starts thinking about how his alliance can’t send Sarah home as she will bring Michael down with her, so he sets his sights on Erica Rose. The plan was to spread word that Chris was trying to send ER home, so she would bring Chris with her, but after lots of angry discussions and one genius play, it all falls apart. In a stroke of genius, Chris brought Erica Rose into the deliberation room to directly show her that he wasn’t voting against her. Although his vote for Lindzi meant that it might hurt him if Lindzi were to be voted out, it helped him when ER had more votes against her.
I am very sad to see Michael go. He was one of two favourites, and now I only have Kalon to support. My favourite relationships were the Kalon/Lindzi relationship along with the Michael/Rachel one. I really hope that Michael and Rachel reconnected after the show ended because they did seem to be hitting it off rather well, and I’d like him to find someone good after all the drama from the previous season with Holly and Blake. Erica Rose acted so horribly at the end when sending Michael home. I enjoyed some of the strategy that went into the vote, but the way it turned out at the end left a bitter taste in my mouth – and not just because of who left, but how.
What did you think of this new voting system for the episode? Did you like the dates? Let me know in the comments below!