It's become a joke how we're promised the first [something] in Bachelorette history almost weekly, but this truthfully was an episode like no other.
First, we saw one of the contestants rip Ashley Hebert so badly that she broke down in tears. Amazingly, that was only the beginning of her torment.
While William's comedy bit crossed a line, Bentley crossed every line of human decency, lying, manipulating and straight up messing with Ashley.
WHAT A JACKASS: With his heartless ransacking of Ashley Hebert, slimy Bentley Williams cemented his place in the pantheon of reality TV villains.
Unlike past fellas that producers try to make appear sinister, Bentley Williams was as genuine with ABC's cameras as he was devious with Ashley.
He's not into her. Ashley Hebert is not hot. This is a game to him.
This was pretty unbelievable stuff. We often found ourselves torn between the sheer entertainment value and feeling genuinely awful for the poor girl.
Not only was she falling for this a$$, she's got to watch what he says on TV like we do. It's enough to make our stomachs turn. Imagine hers.
One wonders how she got past this and trusted someone else (see The Bachelorette spoilers to learn who) - and how Bentley sleeps at night.
Continue on for THG's patented +/- Bachelorette recap ...Things begin on a more positive note. Ashley goes flash mobbin' with Ben Castoriano, who tries his best to be a good sport about this. Plus 8.
At least there are some guys there for our girl at least. Plus 3 more for Ben's always positive attitude, although he went overboard with this:
"I want to live in an idealistic bubble where we are more in love than any other couple that ever lived." Dude, it's like your first date. Minus 4.
Really? That's it?
Jeff Medolla, a.k.a. the Guy in the Mask, finally removes it! Plus 7 for the producers' use of dramatic organ music and terrified small creatures throughout.
Minus 10, though, because Jeff's plan backfired so hard. First off, he's an average looking guy, so all the suspense couldn't help but make this a letdown.
Moreover, he wore the mask so that she'd "get to know what's inside," and yet what was outside of his face - the mask - was the story. Plus 2 for irony.
Now we're onto the roast. Minus 8 right off the bat for ABC even subjecting Ashley to this, because you knew they did so hoping for the deluge of tears.
Minus 5 more for the guys' jokes. Really, her chest is small? that's all any of you idiots have? Nothing about her new hair? Profession? Perkiness? Hello?
And a bonus Minus 16 for William going WAY, WAY over the top.
We realize Emily Maynard is drop-dead gorgeous, but Ashley is great in her own right, physically and otherwise. Plus 18, girl, 'cause we're here for you.
Just the same, Minus 3 for Ash being a teensy bit pathetic here. Not about Bentley, but with the Emily thing. You're The Bachelorette, Ashley. Own it!
Bentley comforts Ashley just to mess with her. He admits (to viewers) he wanted Emily too. For the "I-can't-believe-I'm-watching-this" factor, Plus 116.
Plus 24 more for his look when he says that "of the 25 guys, at least 24 were really excited it was you." He can barely contain the laughter inside.
Then the about-face, which didn't really make any sense. When Ashley gives the date rose to Ryan P. instead, Bentley decides he wants out. Minus 11.
So he can only mess with her as long as he's the lone frontrunner? Why only then did he leave abruptly? Could he just not keep up the facade anymore?
"I played them all," he says. At what? Was this really the plan? Minus 18, because whatever PR he gets for his business can't be good after this display.
Whatever his reasoning, he went out with a bang, using his little girl as an excuse, disparaging Ashley with every word and making us cringe. Plus 35.
Of all his comments, the most offensive may have been when he said he doesn't find her attractive, but would nail her for fun. What a pig. Minus 70.
Voiceover: "It's annoying to hold a girl that's just ... crying, crying and crying. I already checked out." In person: "Can I call you?" Minus 20 more.
Trying to "turn her on" through her tears? Sorry, Minus 10 more.
Ashley flips out, starts sobbing and curls up in the fetal position in bed. Poor girl. He wasn't that great, though, even if you bought the facade. Wash.
Plus 11 for JP Rosenbaum and how he handled being the date after this debacle. He didn't get upset or make it about him, he just rolled with it.
Now that's more like it!
JP is the opposite of Bentley, and for that reason he was the perfect guy to follow in the sleaze's footsteps. Plus 4 for being a class act throughout.
Plus 12 more for Ashley's glasses and pajamas.
No cocktail party, Ashley and Chris decide. Straight to the rose ceremony we go. William survives, as do bunch of guys we don't remember. Wash.
Chris, whoever that is, and Jeff are outta here. Before he departs, Jeff stoically walks over to the hearth and SETS HIS MASK ON FIRE! Plus 33.
TOTAL: +102. SEASON TOTAL: +142.
ROSE RECIPIENTS: Ben Castoriano, Ryan “Mickey” McLean, Blake Julian, Ben Flajnik, Nick Peterson, William “Will” Holman, West Lee, Lucas Daniels, Constantine “Dino” Tzortzis, Ryan Park, Ames Brown and JP Rosenbaum.
OUT: Bentley Williams (peaced out), Chris Drish and Jeff Medolla.