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After emotional hometown dates, The Bachelor jetted off to Switzerland for the penultimate episode of the season (the Women Tell All special is next week).

Nicki Sterling, Lindzi Cox and Courtney Robertson vied for the final two roses doled out by Ben Flajnik ... as did another familiar face in a non-shocking return.

Could Kacie Boguskie cajole her way back into the mix?

  • Lindzi Cox Picture
  • Ben Flajnik Picture
  • Courtney Robertson Picture

Clearly contrived time-filling plot twists aside, Courtney preemptively shifted into damage control mode and Lindzi made her case as the season's dark horse.

Yes, we went with a horse joke there. Again. Too easy.

Who made the final two heading into the March 12 finale? Were The Bachelor spoilers right, or did Ben pull a surprise? Here's THG's +/- Bachelor recap:

Nicki Sterling, the dark horse of the competition, seems like a very cool girl, but it also seems like she's trying a bit too hard to force the issue. Minus 5.

Not in like an aggressive Courtney way, so Plus 8, but sort of in the sense that she's trying to force feelings and a stronger connection in a limited time.

Does Chris Harrison not sign the fantasy suite card anymore? Minus 10.

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Monday on The Bachelor, Courtney Robertson is on the hot seat ... again. Only this time, it's to assuage Ben Flajnik, not just to start drama with other girls.

Regarding her treatment of the other women, which has obviously been awful (to say the least) this winter, how does the 28-year-old model respond?

By lying and playing the victim, of course:

Feeling a bit desperate, Courtney tries to pull Ben aside for some one-on-one time to come clean about her relationship with the other women in the house ... sort of.

"I tried really hard to be nice with [the other women], but that's a really unique situation for me," she says in the sneak preview clip seen above.

"I'd say something and they'd jump on me. I had my guard up."

Little does Ben Flajnik know, however, Robertson said more than a few hurtful things. Some of which can be seen in the 53-minute highlight reel below:

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Is Kacie Boguskie on her way back to The Bachelor, the very next episode after she was sent packing in a surprising move by Ben Flajnik? It looks very likely.

In the promo below, someone surprises Ben in his Swiss hotel room. Shocker! But in a previous promo, he's seen talking to Kacie, in a hotel room, in the same clothes.

So ... there's that.

Also, it's straight out of The Bachelor playbook. Bring the fan favorite back for one last hurrah, raising expectations that just maybe, they'll get another shot.

Will this change the outcome, assuming it is Kacie B. (skip ahead to the 6-7 minute mark)? From what we've read (see link below) ... no. But you never know!

Ben narrows the field from three to two Monday, with the Women Tell All special airing the following Monday, March 5, and the season finale Monday, March 12.

For all the details on how it turns out (we think), read The Bachelor spoilers page we put together and update every week. You may not like what you read ...

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Ben Flajnik sent fan favorite Kacie Boguskie packing on Monday's hometown dates episode of The Bachelor, the third-to-last installment of the ABC show's season.

In a surprise, Courtney Robertson, Nicki Sterling and Lindzi Cox all moved on (see The Bachelor spoilers for scoop on the next two weeks) while Kacie was left in tears.

In his weekly blog on People, Ben reflects on his travels to Clarksville, Tenn., Kacie's hometown, and the turning point when the romance began to go downhill fast.

"The day portion of our date went swimmingly as usual, but as Kacie started to talk about her dad, I got nervous," Ben writes. "I started to think he wouldn't approve of me being so different than a man he would normally want his daughter to date."

"The evening was difficult for me. Kacie's family was really nice and welcoming, but every time I had a conversation with one of her family members, I felt like I was disappointing them. Kacie was raised with more traditional values than I was."

"I felt like that would get between us in regards to her family. I thought about it so much that it started getting in the way of my feelings growing stronger for her."

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There are few guarantees in life, but on The Bachelor, there are several:

  • The word "hometown" will be dropped around 173 times per season.
  • People will somehow say "Ben and I's relationship" almost as often.
  • There will be increasing drama with each passing week, and Courtney Robertson and/or the people writing for Courtney Robertson will stir that ish up.

Monday was no exception as Courtney, Nicky Sterling, Kacie Boguskie and Lindzi Cox took Ben Flajnik to meet their parents in four awkward, contrived dates.

Courtney and Ben Kiss

Court brought her aggressive game this week, just when we thought she couldn't make us any more uncomfortable. Could the other girls hold a candle to her?

Who made the final three? Were The Bachelor spoilers right, or did Ben pull a surprise? Hint: Someone's dad prompted a breakup many did not see coming.

Here's THG's official +/- Bachelor recap:

Lindzi Cox kicked things off at home in Ocala, Fla., where Ben became only the second guy she's ever brought home. This girl has been seriously lacking for screen time since the premiere considering how clearly cool she is. Plus 23.

They chatted about the first man she brought home who she said later broke her heart. Plus 5, not for breaking Lindz's heart, but because it's the right time in one's courtship to start bringing things up ... not on the first or second date.

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Courtney Robertson isn't exactly known for subtlety. Or class. Or sanity.

Still, The Bachelor bad girl ups the ante even more than usual on next week's hometown date with Ben Flajnik, planning a "big surprise" for the hunk.

"I'm going to tell him I love him, and doing it in a very special way," Courtney Robertson teases in a sneak peek from Monday night's crucial episode.

"We're at this place where I've always wanted to get married and I've got a little wedding planned ... This is the best way I can think of to show Ben how I feel about him."

Courtney/The Bachelor producers really know how to pick 'em:

Armed with two notepads, Court suggest they "could write some vows" for one another. "Do you have rings, too?" Ben Flajnik asks, likely only half-kidding.

"Maybe I do," Robertson teases. "Maybe I do." Girl is full-on crazy.

The Bachelor spoilers we've posted all season long have been accurate, so visit that page for a look at how (we think) the rest of the season plays out.

Then follow the jump for sneak peeks of Ben's hometown dates with the other three girls, Kacie Boguskie, Lindzi Cox and Nicki Sterling ...

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Ben Flajnik may have gotten engaged on The Bachelor season finale, but it's already over, according to a new tabloid report. Read on for the alleged details.

If The Bachelor spoilers regarding the winner of this season are true, that's not entirely shocking. Follow the link to see who his fiancee reportedly is/was.

“They’ve totally cooled off,” a source tells Life & Style magazine. “They often go five to six days without talking. He doesn’t call her, he doesn’t text."

"She keeps saying, ‘What kind of a fiance is this?’”

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Ben isn’t acting like he’s engaged, either. According to the report, in January, Ben flirted with a bunch of girls attending the Sundance Film Festival.

“I saw him give his number to a brunette at a party, and it definitely looked like they said, ‘See you later’ when she left,” a source says. “Ben was so flirty.”

On February 2, he told a girl she should never partake in a reality dating show. Never a positive sign, but then again, have you seen this season?!

Then, on February 4 in NYC, someone spotted Ben Flajnik flirting with a girl on the street ... and allegedly quasi-spilled the beans about his relationship.

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Ben Flajnik goes on his hometown dates next week on The Bachelor. Kacie Boguskie, Nicki Sterling, Lindzi Cox and black widow Courtney Robertson have won the chance to bring a smiling Ben back to their hometowns. For hometown dates!

The show uses that word almost as much as the inaccurate "Ben and I's relationship." Why? We have no idea, but that's what they're called, all the time, and Flajnik is going to be put through the ringer by the ladies' respective parents.

Whose folks have reservations? Whose are most receptive? Who will advance to the final three? Watch the promo (around the 7:00 mark) in the clip below:

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In a new blog post, Ben Flajnik details how his feelings for Courtney Robertson are strong, despite things the other women on The Bachelor have said about her.

Try as they might, as we saw on last night's episode, Courtney's rivals have failed in their efforts to paint Courtney in a negative light. At least in Ben's eyes.

Flajnik writes in his weekly People blog that while The Bachelor "may not have been the best environment" for Robertson (ya think?), their connection is for real.

Ugh.

Ben Flajnik With Courtney Robertson

Of Courtney Robertson, Ben writes, "Here I was, amongst the clouds, with such an amazing woman. I'd never felt so close to my father and to my happiness."

"To share this moment with Courtney was an exciting experience, and I knew if we moved forward that we would always be able to share this moment."

"That evening, however, things got a little strange. It's a tough thing, I understand, for the women to find a fine line between getting along with the other women and realizing it's difficult to be friends with people dating the people you are dating."

"I've been there, and it's tough. I know it's been hard for Courtney, and to be honest, I'm not sure this was the best environment for her. But, just as I tell the women to take our relationships individually, I try to do the same."

"My feelings for Courtney are strong and I don't want to let external forces get in the way.  As the rose ceremony approached, I had a lot going through my head."

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This season of The Bachelor has been the season of Courtney Robertson, and last night was no exception as the remaining women clamored to stop the Black Widow.

Ben Flajnik admitted that he's looking someone "a little bit weird," but we're not sure Courtney qualifies. Ashley Hebert is a little bit weird, in the best possible way.

Courtney? Mmmyeah not so much, unless ABC is doing the mother of all editing jobs to sabotage her ALL SEASON. She's so unpopular, she's all people talk about!

She's skinny-dipped and modeled and pursed her lips into Ben's heart, though, and with hometown dates looming, the women formed a united front to stop her.

Did they? Who made the final four? Were The Bachelor spoilers right all along, or did Ben pull a surprise and oust Court? Here's THG's official +/- Bachelor recap:

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You know things are bad when Kacie B., probably the sweetest thing ever, is calling you out. Or when the story editors are feeding her lines. Minus 9.

“It took every freakin’ fiber of my being to not spring across the room and punch her in the face,” she said. Yikes, girl, take it down a notch. Minus 11.

Still, we feel ya. Plus 20.

Courtney did show a bit of vulnerability when she questioned if things were going well enough for her to want to introduce Ben to her family. Plus 7.

"Snap, girls. Show's over, you can pack your bags... kill shot!" - Courtney, after her temple-climbing one-on-one date with Ben in Belize. Minus 29.

"I don't want to get cocky though," she added. No, of course not. Minus 11.

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