In Atlantic City, boring Brad receives the first one on one date and they have a great time until it comes to dinner that night and he has to have an actual conversation with her. So they travel up to the top of a lighthouse and when they get to the top, Des tells Brad that she is sending him home, she doesn't feel she has a connection with him. Couldn't she have done this before going all the way up there?
The group date is all about crowning a Bachelorette's Mr. America; Brooks, Bryden, Zack K., Kasey, Drew, Juan Pablo, Zak W., Mikey, Ben, Michael, and Chris participate. Some of these guys have some great talents. Mikey T. does a good job of saying he is not a meathead but he sure does act like one. Kasey actually up tap dancing his way to a win.
It's after this competition that Des seems to grow that much closer to Chris, and he actually seems like a really nice guy. He writes her a simple, yet sweet poem, and she rewards him with a kiss.
And because I have discovered that James is so manipulative, and has been lying his way through the show, I do not wish to talk about his Atlantic City date in which they gave up a nice dinner to a couple who was affected by Hurricane Sandy. Manny and Jan are lovely people and deserved the date as well as the private concert by Darius Rucker.
Chris, Brooks, Juan Pablo, Drew, Michael, Ben, and Kasey and finally Bryden all get roses. The other Zack is senting packing.
Chris receives the first one on one date in Europe, weirdly enough, Bryden decides to drop out. To me, it really seems like he has a woman waiting for him at home. Meanwhile, Des and Chris have already started their date and sightseeing all over Europe. That does not stop Bryden from leaving the hotel to search all over the city for her. He finds her and starts smiling as he tells her he needs to take her away for a moment. He tells her that he's decided to leave because he isn't moving along with his feelings as quickly as she is. Chris reassured Des that he is there for the right reasons.
Wow, Des and Chris have this amazingly elegant and beautiful dinner in a castle. Des loves that Chris was on this date because she believes he is sincere, romantic, and expressive. She gives him a rose and they dance the night away.
The group date is atop German mountains where the guys and Des sled down the equivalent of a black diamond ski trail. She spends some special alone time with Brooks, Mikey T., and Zak W. She seems to have a good connection with all of them. She has more of a romantic connection with Brooks and Zak W. Drew and Brooks feel that James is short, cutting, and vulgar with the guys but not with Des, and he isn't showing her who he truly is. Brooks got the group date rose and Des said she gave it to him because she said he brings out the best in her. James was upset about this and feels that they are polar opposites, which in my opinion means that James should just leave and go home.
Michael G. and Ben get the dreaded two on one date, and if everything goes as I hope it will, Ben will be going home. They go in basically a mobile hot tub called a hot tug (think tug boat). The conversation turns to Ben's son, nicely done Michael, and Michael brings up the fact that his father was absent for a good amount of his life, and that affected him. Des feels uncomfortable, oh no. Michael tries again to expose Ben at dinner for who he is but he isn't going down without a fight. Des seems annoyed with Michael and certainly she could end up eliminating him. Thankfully, she doesn't, she eliminates Ben, and he throws a hissy fit and then shows his true colors in the limo. I think Des believed Michael.
Des forgoes the cocktail party, bad move my dear!
Chris, Brooks, and Michael have roses going into this.
Roses are given to-- Zak W., Kasey, Juan Pablo, Drew, James....
Mikey T. goes home :-/