This fourth episode of the current season of The Bachelorette marked a turning point in Jillian Harris' journey. From David getting nixed, to Kiptyn emerging as a contender and nasty rumors circulating, things started to get a bit intense.
The venerable host and pimp of The Bachelorette, Chris Harrison, was kind enough as always to divulge, in his weekly blog with EW, some of what went on behind the scenes of the ABC hit. Here are some of his thoughts and comments ...
In my mind, this season really starts now. As you could probably tell, the goofy fun and games are over and things have now taken a very serious turn.
From here on out this season of The Bachelorette is a fantastic roller coaster ride that I really can't compare with any other season we've had.
This is the first season ever where three weeks in we've left our main house and never returned. We do have one more rose ceremony in Los Angeles later on but not at this house. Personally, I loved the travel and felt like it really fit for this season.
Jillian Harris clearly loved being back home in Vancouver. It gave her a little more confidence and an extra spring in her step being on her home turf.
Jillian definitely had a thing for Kiptyn since the moment he stepped out of the limo. She told me how gorgeous she thought he was on night one.
Their one-on-one date in Vancouver couldn't have gone better in her eyes.
I'm going to go head and try to answer next week's question now. No, that wasn't Jillian's actual loft. She does live just down the street and they are very similar, but for privacy purposes we had to use a different loft.
Jillian wanted you to know she really did make her homemade pasta sauce and salad dressing. She did it all in 45 minutes and she claims it was really good.
You could tell she loved this date and was as giddy as a school girl. Did you notice the little happy dance she did right after she closed the door? Classic Jilli.
Then came the "Olympic" group date with 50 guys. The truth is, every four years I find myself entranced by this damn sport during the Olympics.
Yeah, I said it. I like frozen shuffleboard. It's hypnotic.
Let me just say next that I sympathize with Jake.I too know what it's like to have to defend yourself for being too perfect. For those of us on this planet who have never done wrong and are always right and are just downright 100 percent perfect all the time, life can be really hard.
Seriously, Jillian told me she does like Jake Pavelka. He's a great guy but when somebody always says just the right thing at the right time you have to wonder if that's sincere. That's her battle right now with Jake: Is this guy for real?
Okay, I put this off as long as I could. Let's discuss Dave.
I don't think I even need to ask for your comments on this guy. I agree with Jillian's reactions. This guy was way out of bounds in the way he treated her on this date. David was incredibly disrespectful and beyond inappropriate.
This is just another reason why this show is so "amazing." I'm guessing all of you ladies out there have dated "this" guy before and had to deal with it. I hope you all were able to keep your dinner down while you were watching this.
Jillian handled herself well and took the high road.
And in the end she did the best thing she could do... show him the door. I can't wait to talk to this guy at the "Men Tell All" reunion special!
The two-on-one date with Mark and Mike may have surprised you a bit. Mike was eloquent and said all the right things but Jillian didn't know him any better (kind of like Jake). He spent the night selling himself instead of making a connection.
Mark on the other hand spent his time telling Jillian stories about his past and really connected with her. She knows people will think she's crazy for letting a guy like Mike go but she felt a deeper connection with Mark, so he got the rose.
The cocktail party started out great in theory. We had one of the top floors of the Fairmont hotel in Vancouver to ourselves and Jillian brought in her cousin Tori to meet and help judge the guys. But, of course, you never got to see Tori.
Jillian Harris was already stressed over letting Mike go and showed up this night really looking for the guys to cheer her up and relieve the stress.
Then, in her words, everything turned into a "Gong Show."
One by one, guys started telling Jillian that certain men weren't here for the right reasons, and that some might even have girlfriends back home.
Then came Tanner P.'s discussion... the straw that broke Jillian's back.
After this chat, Jillian called off the party and by the time I found her in the deliberation room, her head was spinning and she was pretty upset.
This is where I have to admit it's different for me to host The Bachelorette than The Bachelor. I went into that rose ceremony a little pissed off and wanted to get to the bottom of all of these rumors for Jillian.
I also felt so bad for Tanner P. during this. Even though some won't feel sorry for him since he stirred all this up, I really thought he was going to pass out.
Jillian got a little annoyed with the guys because instead of worrying about who might have a girlfriend, all the guys cared about was who said what.
This confrontation went on for a while. Emotions were running high. In the end, Jillian really didn't get any answers and sent Dave and Juan home.
As you can probably guess, this particular bit of drama isn't over and Jillian is now very skeptical of several guys heading into next week's episode which takes place just a couple hours away from Vancouver in Whistler.