'The Bachelor' recap: Ice, ice, baby
Is this "The Bachelor" or "Survivor"?
Sean Lowe definitely wants to make sure his future wife is tough. He's taken these women on quite a few extreme dates -- zipping down buildings, the roller derby fiasco, and now a polar bear plunge in Canada. Nothing says romance like an icy lake!
The lengths these ladies will go to … including some first-rate theatrical acting. Come on, does anyone think Tierra wasn't faking her little hypothermia episode?
Oh right, Sean! "The Bachelor" gave her little act the best review possible -- a rose.
The girls dish on their experience in Canada:
The week's first one-on-one goes to Catherine, whose snarky asides we've quite enjoyed so far this season. She awaits Sean in what looks to be a blizzard, and he rolls up in a gigantic snow bus!
"We're going to play in a glacier," he announces, and props to Catherine for looking as if she is genuinely excited by the idea. They romp in the snow, make some angels, and have a rip-roaring (if cold) time.
"This is what I want from a wife," Sean declares. "I want someone who can totally embrace the moment and have fun."
Later, they're taken by a horse-drawn carriage to a castle made of ice. In the romantic setting, Catherine opens up about her past. When she was a girl, a friend died after being hit by a falling tree limb while they were hiking together at summer camp. It made Catherine realize that life is too short and that she wanted to have a family more than anything – which fits in with Sean's goals. They kiss and he gives her a rose.
Group-date time for AshLee, Daniella, Lesley, Lindsay, Sarah, Selma, and Tierra. Sean takes them canoeing, and a crafty Lesley manages to share a boat with him, to the other girls' displeasure. After a jaunt around Lake Louise, they go back to shore, where Sean springs a crazy idea on them -- a polar bear plunge in the icy water!
He gives them an out, which Selma immediately takes, but the others decide to brave it. Together, they take the frosty dip and run back out to waiting blankets. Everyone's exhilarated and proud. "This is a breakthrough that I chose to do for Sean," AshLee says.
Well, everyone except Tierra, who claims that she can't breathe. As a concerned Sean watches, medical staff converge on a shivering, wide-eyed Tierra.
"Once again the ambulance is called," Lindsay comments, rolling her eyes. "Same story, different day."
The other women think Tierra is faking it. Says AshLee, "I feel like it's the boy who cried wolf."
Perhaps not, though, since Tierra has to stay behind from the rest of the date. There's no way that Tierra would skip out on seeing Sean if she was really ill … right? Right.
Later that evening, Lesley pulls Sean aside to tell him she's very happy to be there and that she's developing feelings for him. He's touched and they make out. Then who shows up but Tierra? The other girls are shocked, since she's supposedly suffering from hypothermia. Guess that cleared up quickly. Meanwhile, Sean looks over the moon that she's "recovered" and whisks her away for some alone time.
"She is a professional at getting attention -- 'How to Fake an Injury 101.' If this was a class, she should teach it," Lesley snarks. "Everybody watch your back: We have a Tierra-ist on our hands."