'Bachelor Pad' week 7 recap: Four couples left, but only two hang tough
It was down to the final four couples on "Bachelor Pad," and after a stressful elimination that last week broke up this season's only remaining alliance, it was anybody's game.
Chris and Sarah, Blakeley and Tony, and Ed and Jaclyn all had strong partnerships due to love connections and chemistry (some more convincing than others), but Nick and Rachel were at a disadvantage, having been thrown together by default after Michael, Rachel's partner and lover, was eliminated two weeks ago. Will "widowed" Rachel be able to stop pining for Michael long enough to take out the competition with Nick? Now that Kalon is gone, will Chris fill his shoes as the show's No. 1 villain?
"Hanging by a Thread"
Chris Harrison delivered one of his delicious twists right before this week's challenge: The winning couple would not receive immunity but would be given the power to vote off another couple of their choice from the pool of challenge losers. The chosen couple would return home immediately -- surprise!
The anxious contestants stepped into their yard to discover a bizarre contraption suspended over the pool: four platforms hanging by ropes. Each couple picked one person to sit on the platform and one to answer a series of trivia questions about "Bachelor Pad" (because, as last week's spelling bee revealed, it's best to stick to what they know).
As Chris Harrison pointed out, it was a challenge of both brains and brawn: With each incorrect answer to a trivia question, the contestant's partner on the platform would have one rope cut -- eventually forced to hang on for dear life to a handlebar above his or her head.
Rachel was the only woman who wanted to be "brawn," leaving Nick and his massive biceps a little miffed. It didn't end up mattering -- nobody could hang on to that bar for long. Sarah, with her seemingly endless supply of "Bachelor Pad" trivia knowledge, was the star of the day, answering almost every question correctly and preventing partner Chris from even having to break a sweat. They won the challenge effortlessly.
Chris and Sarah withdrew to gloat and deliberate over their decision. "I have the opportunity to shatter someone's dreams," Chris said, licking his lips in anticipation. They pretended to go back and forth for a while, but then made the decision we knew they would: voting off Blakeley, Chris' former partner and No. 1 enemy, and by proxy, her partner, Tony.