The Bachelor Recap: Courtney and Ben Go Skinny Dipping, Other Girls Strike Out

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Last week, Courtney Robertson cemented her reputation as The Bachelor villain of the year, manipulating Ben, telling off the other girls and saying "winning" a lot.

Tonight, she took it to a whole new level.

In Puerto Rico for a little spring training, only one team would emerge as winners, and only one woman would be the MVP ... and we don't mean Lindzi Cox. Sadly.

The Bachelor spoilers we've posted so far this season actually didn't give away too much about this episode ... beyond what the promos already told us, at least.

How did it all turn out? Who stood with roses at the end and whose rear end was blurred? Please, join us for THG's official +/- Bachelor recap of week five ...

No Crying in Baseball

NO CRYING IN BASEBALL: These players have seen happier moments.

A group date started with an INTENSE game of baseball in Roberto Clemente Stadium, with the winning team scoring a date with Ben, and the losing team sent home. Sporting events for roses? What is this, Bachelor Pad? Plus 10.

Plus 15 for the ladies' "uniforms," too.

Blakeley Shea's got game! Plus 9.

Courtney had a great zinger/compliment: “Blakeley is like a champion out there. Who knew that strippers could play baseball?” Plus 11, because VIP Cocktail Waitress Blakeley totally does look like prime Tiger Woods mistress material.

After a stinging defeat, Blakeley tells her fallen cohorts, “I busted my ass out there because I hoped you guys wanted it just as bad.” Inspiring, Coach. Plus 6.

Lindzi was the MVP, at least in the sense that she got to play for both teams. Not in the sense that Blakeley plays for both teams. Just baseball style. Plus 4.

Minus 8 because Lindz is so marginalized by Courtney and would totally be more of a focal point any other season. She's still a favorite, but nevertheless.

Courtney planted the seed early that going for a swim, sans clothing, might be fun. “I have a little idea, so I’m not too worried about the rose,” she said. Minus 12 because we doubt it involves her swallowing salt water and being ill.

Elyse Myers Picture

Elyse finally got a one-on-one date with Ben. Would her body be enough to earn a second one down the line? Not with Courtney's body around. Minus 7.

“Unfortunately I was hoping for some things today that I just didn’t find ... I only have so much time here and I have to kind of follow my heart. I unfortunately cannot give you this rose. It’s really, really hard for me to say those things, and I’m sorry,” Ben says, cutting her loose. Ouch ... but Plus 13 for politeness and honesty.

“I just don’t know what I did wrong,” she laments. Not skanky enough? Minus 10.

Emily O'Brien AGAIN uses valuable one-on-one time to talk to Ben about Courtney sucking. Minus 10, girl, because no matter how true it is, this won't help you.

“I encourage you to just kind of drop it… and tread lightly,” Ben says. “Be careful. That’s all I’m saying.” Ooh, a threat!! Minus 5 Ben, but still ... Emily Fail.

Speak of the Devil! After he let Elyse go, Courtney lurks at Ben’s doorstep, waiting for him to get back. Wearing a white robe and holding wine glasses, she suggested a “nightcap” to get his mind off the pressure. Barf. Minus 13.

From a pot-stirring entertainment standpoint, give this girl (and the producers) credit for pushing the envelope further and further every week. Plus 60.

But, Minus 90 for being almost entirely unlikable.

“I don’t know if he’s ever skinny-dipped with a model before,” she says. “It could be fun.” Wow, Courtney Robertson is a model??! Who knew! Minus 35.

“I hope I’m a sight for sore eyes. After the date with Elyse, his eyes are probably pretty sore.” LOL. Who writes these lines? Her? Plus 10 in any case.

Ben knows this “probably isn’t a good idea” ... but nevertheless watches Courtney strip buck ass naked and does the same, frolicking into the sea. Plus 90 for the inevitable reaction of the other girls when they hear about this.

Wow. Minus 30 for making us watch cheesy softcore Bachelor porn this week.

Minus 30 more because Courtney is not that hot, Ben. She's an attractive woman, sure, but there are plenty of others who can compete on looks alone.

Court says she's winning again. Minus 15. Ben feels guilty. Yeah. Plus 10.

Shocker: Courtney earned a rose at the rose ceremony the next night. Can anyone stop her from winning the whole thing? Minus 50 because we doubt it.

The clip above has 11 dislikes and no likes on Youtube. Plus 25.

Jennifer, the girl he took out on a fabulous one-on-one date, and the girl he told was the best kisser of all, got the boot at the ceremony! WTH! Minus 50.


Eliminations: Jennifer, Elyse.

Courtney Robertson ...


Get used to Courtney = it's who he ends up engaged to!


Ben is a Snore & I don't think he is that great of a prize. Hoepfully next season with Emily will be better. I much rather look at a lot of guys than gals anyway.


Minus 50 for Elyse skipping her best friend’s wedding in order to be on this show. How immature and self-absorbed can someone be? I’m not impressed.


How exactly does Courtney feel any sense of victory when she had to practically beg, wheedle, and cajole Ben into skinny-dipping? I found her whole sales-pitch segment to be overlong and awkward, akin to actual begging. If anything at all, I would be humiliated if I ever even once had to beg any guy for sex; usually it's men that need to beg, even FAR better looking ones than Ben, who is meh at best. Ben was clearly reluctant, and then announced to the world that he felt crappy about it, the next morning. If I were Courtney, watching this episode would make me burn with shame. But, she is "WINNING!", and the prize is beating out the other women'. Ben is just a token here, and he has been had, and thus humiliated by her for all to see. Given the way he rudely dismissed Elyse last night after holding up the rose and naturally getting her hopes up, I believe he is deserving of this humiliation. Ben, Courtney, you two deserve each other.


I've been very disenchanted with The Bachelor! Every year it seems to get worse! I truly felt sorry for Ben last year but the way he acts around Courtney (she's actually a model? For what? I mean seriously!)makes for actually bad viewing. Falling in lust with a psycho isn't anything new but this witch puts the B in the right place! Until this female Charlie Sheen is gone, I will definitely be tuning out! (I've also come to realize that I will not ever find much redeeming in the shows to continue watching. This kind of "entertainment" I can do without.)


All he talked about last season was his fathers death. Wait until his mother and sister hear Courts truck driver mouth, hear her cruel and nasty remarks toward the other girls, and watch her become the whore of the show. Mom will have a heart attack Benny. If you marry her you deserve her. Yuck!


SO disappointed in Ben's behavior -- and totally disgusted with Courtney. She is a hateful, nasty person! She needs to go! The rest of the girsl are being short-changed by having to suffer through her behavior and having her be part of the selection process.


Ben had total disregard of the other girls' feelings when he went swimming in the raw with Courtney. He is a selfish, weak-minded little boy who wasn't strong enough to say "no to the apple". What does this say about his integrity?? I hope the woman who finally does end up with Ben leaves him high and dry after she sees this show.


HAHahaha! The whole show is stupid! I stopped watching after the first one aired years ago... I figured I had better things to do with my time..... SO WHAT! The guy is ugly anyway, that courtney ain't that pretty so it shows how she came to be a model. She's a slut and he's an idiot.... the same old story over and over... What a joke!


when will he realize that emily is truly concerned for him. sourtney is a tramp plain and simple. i can't wait for her tearful goodbye.

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