'The Bachelor' recap: A sparkle in her eye(brow)
It's an important week for Sean Lowe: He's choosing the four women whose hometowns he'll visit and whose families he'll meet.
Luckily for him, the Tierra-ist isn't going to be one of them.
Tierra finally goes too far, and Sean finally opens his eyes to her shenanigans. As Tierra laments in the car ride home, "I can't believe I did this to myself."
While Sean was wary about Tierra's constant bickering with the other ladies, he was still enamoured of her "sparkle." It only took the advice of a woman -- his sister -- to wake him up.
Farewell, Tierra-ist. And farewell to your eyebrow, too.
The whole truth
Sean's first date in beautiful St. Croix is with AshLee. They swim and sail and hang on the beach, where Sean asks her to 'fess up: What's the deal with Tierra?
She gives it to him straight: Tierra's a different person around him than she is around the other girls. He thanks her for her honesty.
Later, at dinner, she decides to continue with the truth-telling and opens up about her hasty marriage at the age of 17. AshLee is visibly nervous revealing this, and keeps talking about how messed up and broken she is.
"I think you're perfect the way you are," Sean says. "I certainly don't view you as being broken."
That's enough of a catalyst to get AshLee to shout out her feelings: She's in love with him!
They kiss (and he probably would've given her a rose, but there are none on this week's one-on-ones).
Tierra del fuego
Tierra finally gets a long-awaited one-on-one date (remember, she got a two-on-one a few weeks ago). They do the whole "shopping in town/enjoy the locals" date, and Sean continues to have rose-colored glasses on when it comes to Tierra. She's so vibrant, so full of life! So full of B.S., though he doesn't know it.
Watch a deleted scene from Sean and Tierra's date:
Then he brings up the subject of drama and her defenses go up. She chalks up the other girls' reactions as jealousy over her rose that very first night. Sean seems perturbed, which Tierra notices at dinner that night. He admits that there is now a distance between them, and she realizes AshLee must've thrown her under the bus. We can almost see her claws come out!
But first, Tierra's got to make inroads with Sean, so she tells him she's falling in love with him. Sean, being Sean, is touched and decides he might not care if the other girls hate her. Oh, Sean … please, can't they give you DVDs of past "Bachelor" seasons to watch?
Sunrise to sunset
It's the middle of the night and Sean's sneaking into the women's bedrooms … ooh la la, a little hanky panky, Mr. Lowe? Sadly, no -- he wakes up Lindsay, Catherine, and Desiree for their group date. But first, he gets a few pics of them sans makeup. They are not happy (except for low-maintenance Catherine, who says she just "needs to pee and I'm good to go"). But at least there will be a rose on this date, so one of them will be able to breathe easy.
Sean drives the three of them to the easternmost point of the island -- also the easternmost point of the United States. They watch the sun rise, then Sean tells them they're going on a road trip to the other side of the island to watch the sun set!
The girls gush about St. Croix:
Along the way, they stop off to take in various local sights. Des is gunning hard for the rose, calling shotgun and stealing Sean away at a rainforest treehouse.