Welcome back, Bachelor Nation! It feels like it’s been forever since we witnessed the showdown in the swamp between Taylor and Corinne. But as we now know, that was not nearly the end of it. Taylor was not about to leave without saying everything she had to say, and while it didn’t change anything, I must commend her for trying to set the record (at least her side of things) straight. It’s easy to run for shelter when things don’t go your way, but it’s important to fight for what you think is right, and the end result is hardly the point.
Now Taylor is gone and Corinne continues on to try and win Nick’s heart. After a long week, and with his relationships growing, Nick decided to forego the cocktail party. Unfortunately, that also meant having some emotional goodbyes sooner than needed. But sometimes you just have to rip the band aid right off. Alexis, Jami, and Josephine will be sorely missed by Nick, and by all of us. They’re pretty great women and we look forward to seeing more of them.
New Orleans was great to us. We had some great oysters and beignets and coffee, but it was time to leave the US and head to a new beautiful island in the Caribbean, St. Thomas. We love visiting the Caribbean, and every island has its own diverse culture, food, and history. This was our first time visiting St. Thomas, and man are we glad we did. But being in a beautiful place with clear waters doesn’t always mean smooth sailing, and this week for Nick was anything but calm.
Before things took a turn for the worse, Nick got started with a pretty exceptional date with Kristina. Last week, they had a talk about wanting to get to know each other better but wanting a significant block of time to really talk, and that was the right decision. Kristina’s story is really heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. She is strong and brave, and she’s open for love in a way that makes you really want her to find it. She’s obviously off to a very good start with Nick.
After an amazing date, things really started to go downhill. Nick has had a pretty great journey so far, and his relationships have been growing, but as relationships get stronger, emotions tend to run more wild and things can get a little out of hand. What started off as a fun volleyball game and some drinks on the beach quickly turned into a giant storm, and it felt like Nick was at the eye of it all. You saw what happened, but as the night went on, things really boiled over and Jasmine, who has had a fun and light relationship with Nick all the way through, was sent home in the blink of an eye.
What seemed like a pebble quickly turned into a landslide as the two-on-one date the next day really put Nick to the test. Whitney is really wonderful, and though you haven’t seen much of it, she and Nick had a pretty great relationship — even though it wasn’t exactly the deepest. Saying goodbye to her wasn’t easy, but there was obviously the hope Nick had in his relationship with Danielle L. made it seem like things would finally take a turn for the better.
But things didn’t get any better. Things used to be much simpler for Nick and Danielle. The first night it was unbelievably clear that Danielle and Nick had something special. The Backstreet Boys date earned her a group rose and made her as clear and strong front runner, and their date in Waukesha was so electric it felt as if they might even be the couple together in the end. But something obviously went wrong, and Nick knew in his heart that even though he really liked Danielle, he wasn’t going to end up marrying her, and he said goodbye.
Nick has been down this road before. He’s allowed himself to fall in love and had the rug pulled out from under him. Twice. Understandably, Nick is scared. He’s incredibly worried that he’s going to make a poor decision and ruin what may be his last chance at love. Will he? We’ll find out more next week.
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