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Ashley Hebert's global quest for love and adventure continued on The Bachelorette last night. One concussion and three eliminations later, she's onto the next leg ... but the long shadow cast by a former contestant remains.

Girl still can't quit Bentley Williams.

We're starting to wonder how staged this is. It's now been two whole episodes since he left. Is she really still hung up on him, or is the show baiting her?

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Never has a group date gotten this violent.

Maybe you just want what you can't have, and the uncertainty of that dot dot dot garbage made it impossible for her to just move on. Who knows.

In any case, we'll find out next week when the slime returns. This week, it was all about the men fighting for Ashley's love. In the literal sense.

The Bachelorette spoilers we've compiled hint at what happens with Bentley (sigh) as well as the final men standing, so read at your own risk.

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The Bachelorette star Ashley Hebert is happily engaged, according to new reports.

Who's the lucky guy? That you'll have to wait 'til August 1 to find out ... or read The Bachelorette spoilers we've posted that have been 100 percent true so far.

In any case, it's good to hear the happy news, seeing as Ashley Hebert nearly lost hope after Bentley Williams stabbed her in the heart. Figuratively that is.

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This week's Life & Style cover story says that Ashley did shake off Bentley's betrayal eventually, and is engaged to the man she gave her final rose to.

On a secluded Fiji island May 13, the last remaining hopeful got down on one knee and proposed with a stunning diamond ring (Neil Lane, obvi).

"Ashley's elated," an insider reveals to the celebrity gossip publication. "She's engaged to the winner and is now wearing her engagement ring."

"I'm happy with the way things turned out for me," Ashley says.

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We haven't seen the last of Bentley Williams on The Bachelorette.

The previews at the end of last night's rose ceremony strongly imply he will be back next week. However, all The Bachelorette spoilers we've read and compiled so far indicate that he returns in episode six - the week after next.

Here's the final segment of Monday's episode, preview included:

Our theory is that Ashley Hebert's talk with Chris Harrison and knocking on Bentley's door do take place next week, but the parasite himself doesn't actually show his manipulative face until the following week, stringing viewers along.

Regardless, Ashley is clearly hung up on the loser (she talked about Bentley non-stop on last night's episode) and is just going to get hurt again, as if Bentley hadn't done enough. She was just starting to get over his "shocking" exit too.

So sad for the girl. So great for the producers.

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He wasn't even on the show last night, but Bentley Williams still loomed large over The Bachelorette, as Ashley Hebert tried to move on from his sudden exit.

Two dozen references to that shady character aside, the show gave us a boilerplate, run-of-the-mill episode with Ashley continuing her quest for love.

Thailand was the scene of three fun dates, a lot of kissing, a charitable endeavor, the man-claws coming out, and some seriously bad weather.

Workin' Hard in Phuket!

 Not your typical group date, but certainly a rewarding one.

Save for a minor rule change by Ashley Hebert, there weren't too many surprises, as we're seen episodes like this many times and the favorites remain.

Will Ashley truly move on from Bentley and trust someone else? Eventually, you have to think so ... he doesn't win, after all. But she's not there yet.

The Bachelorette spoilers we've compiled offer hints on when Bentley returns (groan) as well as the final rose hopefuls, so check those out if you like.

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J.P. Rosenbaum really stepped up to the plate Monday.

In the aftermath of Ashley Hebert being crushed by Bentley Williams emotionally, J.P. was there to pick up the pieces - and by being a rock she could lean on (and wear pajamas in front of), he emerged as a top contender.

How long will J.P. last this season? We'll point you to The Bachelorette spoilers page on THG to answer that if you want to know, but we will say this now: He's not going home anytime soon, and it's easy to see why.

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A 34-year-old construction manager from Long Island, J.P. Rosenbaum was handed a chance to shine with a laid-back date after the Bentley debacle.

He never could have guessed what had just taken place when he showed up, flowers in his hand, but not for a second did he appear disappointed.

Instead, he rose (pun intended!) to the occasion.

“I know that Bentley going home couldn’t be easy for her - I do want to know that she’s OK,” J.P. said Monday just before he met Ashley Hebert.

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Bentley Williams became  The Bachelorette's most notorious villain this week. The scary part? He's not even done messing with Ashley Hebert.

After wooing Ashley for three weeks, Bentley repeatedly insulted her behind her back, then walked out and left her in tears while he smirked.

If only she could move on, but he left her hanging with that dot dot dot crap. Soon enough, the sweet-talking slime will be back on the show.

Ashley Taking Bentley Back?!

According to Life & Style, Ashley Hebert flew Bentley more than 7,000 miles to exotic Hong Kong for a reunion we will watch unfold in a future episode.

"Ashley wanted a second chance with Bentley, so she begged producers to get him on the phone and get him on a plane out to see her," a source says.

"She couldn't stop thinking about him after he left her."

Upon Ashley's request, producers called Bentley every day for two weeks until he finally agreed to fly to Hong Kong, where the episode was filming.

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Yes, it's a reality show - one renowned for its mind games no less - and by going on it, Ashley Hebert opened herself up to scenarios beyond her control.

But still, we've never seen anything quite like this week's episode.

Knowing what they did, should The Bachelorette have pulled the plug on Bentley Williams before he was allowed to stab Ashley in the heart?

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There are plenty of people who go on the show for the wrong reasons, and plenty of cases where people are edited in ways that craft a more compelling story.

Bentley Williams was in a class by himself, though.

Over the course of three episodes, he made his antipathy toward Ashley abundantly clear and left no ambiguity about the situations he was discussing.

The burning question is this: Because he was making disparaging comments about Ashley - and revealing his intention to toy with the poor girl - directly to ABC's cameras, should the show have kicked him off right there?

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Celebrity news tabloids love to play up heartbreak, real or imagained.

We've seen it so often in our five years in the business, it's hard to take seriously - but the emotional ransacking of Ashley Hebert on The Bachelorette this week certainly qualifies as "stabbed in the heart" material.

Ashley thought Bentley Williams was her Prince Charming. It turns out he was anything but. The divorced Utah businessman led Ashley to believe he adored her, only to trash talk her behind her back, then exit in despicable fashion.

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Before appearing on The Bachelorette, Bentley was inching closer to a reconciliation with his ex-wife, Suzette Davis, the mother of his daughter, Cozette.

They were married for two years but divorced in 2009.

“They were together all the time and looking for houses, to start again,” a friend of Suzette reveals to OK! this week. “He was saying he loved her.”

Suzette, who's a practicing Mormon like Bentley, was shocked when she heard through a friend that Bentley had signed on to do The Bachelorette.

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In our Bachelorette recap earlier, we touched on many burning questions from last night, most of which we may never fully know the answer to.

Why did Bentley Williams go on the show? Why did he treat Ashley like garbage? Why didn't ABC boot him? How can he be allowed to return!?

One thing is clear: We need Chris Harrison like never before.

Below are excerpts from Chris' EW blog this morning, in which The Bachelorette host addresses the scourge of society that is Bentley:

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On whether Bentley Williams is the show's worst villain: My first thought about that is that’s really something for you guys to judge, not me.

My second thought is the “villain” title really doesn’t do justice to what went down. It softens the blow and simplifies things too much in my opinion.

On why Bentley left and when: I’m not positive, but something about not getting the rose on this group date seemed to set the wheels in motion.

Whenever he decided he was going, he pulled the trigger the next morning. Let me be very clear about my thoughts on Bentley and him leaving.

I have no problem with him coming on the show, even if he hoped The Bachelorette was Emily, or with him deciding it was time to leave. That's up to him.

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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.

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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.

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