'The Bachelor': Three dates, two eliminations and only one Krystal

Bachelor recap: The claws come out

Crazy comes in all different shades, but the most insane version of crazy is the kind that doesn’t realize how crazy they are. We’re talking about Krystal, who is consistently getting crazier every week on ABC's The Bachelor. But to make this all about her is not the point. There’s a lot to discuss, including the three girls we saw leave and Arie Luyendyk Jr. this week.

The Rundown!

Seinne and Arie go parasailing, and according to Seinne, that’s just a giant metaphor for letting go — except not really, because that would be swimming. Once they land on solid ground, they sit down to talk, where we find out they really only spent about 20 seconds together on the first night, and he’s been interested ever since. In short, things look way more hopeful for Seinne than they did for Lauren S. She easily locked in the rose.

Back at Taxidermy Central, Maquel gets a call from her mom. You know that’s bad news because these girls aren’t allowed to talk with anyone. Turns out her grandpa passed away, so she packed up her bags and headed out. Marikh says she knows how she feels, but she hopes she comes back because this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. But it turns out that Maquel actually did leave, as any normal human would when a family member passes.

After the group date card shows up and reveals that everyone is invited except Bekah, it appears that the baby of the group landed herself a one-on-one. But first, the group date goes on a hike, and Kendall locks in some time with Arie by eating some bugs. But the whole trip turns into a backpacking expedition to an oasis, and once they get there, they all take their clothes off and get in a hot tub.

But it’s Krystal who has the breakdown on Arie’s couch about feeling the tension in the group. And it’s that same Krystal who pulls Caroline and Tia aside to discuss their insecurities. Tia shuts it down pretty hard, you can’t shut someone down who lives in their own world. And you know what? Tia gets the damn rose anyway.

Then there’s Bekah, who is 14 years younger than Arie. They go on a horseback riding date, which takes them to a hot tub out in the middle of the forest. But no heated bath can thaw the iciness when Bekah decides to drop the bomb that she wasn’t able to legally drink until last year. Arie is stunned and follows with the annoyingly predictable, “You’re so young!”

In the moment, it feels like there’s absolutely no way for Bekah to survive, and in spite of what looked like a full nervous breakdown, he offers Bekah the rose. Honestly, there’s a reasonable argument on both sides, but the way it played out is just super strange.

At the end of the night, Arie has decided who he wants to cut loose, so he goes straight for the rose ceremony. Krystal looks like she’s going to throw up, so much so that she stops the rose ceremony to talk to Arie. And you know what? It might have worked, because it’s Caroline and Brittany T. that head home this week.

The Superlatives!

The New Sleeper Favorite

OK, guys. Seinne is just wonderful. There’s a girl every season that makes you say, “Oh, she’s actually out of his league,” and this round, it’s Seinne. She’s educated and articulate and sincere, and after landing the “dancing on the stage during an obscure musical act” date, you just want her to find someone as sincere and authentic as she is.

The Strongest Victim Who Ever Lived

Somehow Krystal, humanitarian and self-proclaimed Good Girl, has managed to become the most vicious villain in a few seasons. She exists in her own world, sometimes lecturing the other girls on what they’re doing incorrectly. It’s absolutely bizarre, and she still manages to paint herself as a victim. It’s Krystal who interrupts the rose ceremony despite preaching how insecure the others are.

Most Incorrect Assumption

You know what? Chelsea is actually OK. On Night One, we guessed that she would be this season’s villain, but in actuality, she seems pretty sane. Yes, she is playing up that mom shtick, but she also has a flawless Krystal impression and can see that this charade is full-on bonkers. Also, Chelsea is pro-glam, so there’s that.

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