'The Bachelor' recap: The race for Sean's heart
After one week, some of the "Bachelor" contestants are already proclaiming that they are in love with Sean. That's not a surprise.
What is a surprise is Sean and Robin's frank discussion of race. "The Bachelor" has been dinged (and sued) for its lack of diversity, so it is refreshing to see several women of color in this season's cast. Kudos to Robin for being brave enough to address the issue, and kudos to Sean for his forthright answer. We'll get to that conversation later.
With women already believing themselves in love with Sean, you know what that means: territorial glaring and sniping. It's not "The Bachelor" without someone saying, "She's not here for the right reason."
Falling for you
Sean's getting pumped (literally) for his first one-on-one date. If you're playing along with a drinking game, all that shirtless action will leave you passed out before the rose ceremony!
The lucky recipient of the date card is Sarah, whom Sean picks up in a helicopter (as all the other women swoon or pout in envy). He whisks her away to the top of a building -- yep, it's time for that most sacred of "Bachelor" traditions: the daredevil date.
This one drops Sean and Sarah 300 feet in free fall. Sarah screams all the way down but is exhilarated. At dinner, she tells Sean that she was prevented from ziplining in Las Vegas because she has only one arm. After that, she wanted to find someone who was "strong and caring and embraces me completely for who I am."
A jubilant Sean remarks that he's never felt such an immediate connection on a first date. They kiss, and Sarah gets a rose.
Take that, biased zipliner guy!
Jimmy Kimmel's "amazing" count:
Time for the group date! The ladies meet Sean at a mansion, where they are going to participate in a steamy photo shoot for Harlequin Books. One of them will win a three-cover deal with the romance-novel publisher.
As they primp and change into various costumes (cowgirls, vampires, etc.), Ford model Kristy feels that she has this in the bag. "I'm getting the rose and the books," she predicts confidently. She ends up being right; after a sizzling-hot photo session, Kristy does end up winning the cover deal.
Meanwhile, Tierra is not having a good time watching these other women paw at (and kiss!) Sean. "I'm not here for dress-up. I'm here for Sean," she huffs.
Later, at a pool party, she tells Sean, "I'm a little out of my comfort zone." Uh, who isn't? He assures her that he's been in her shoes, because, duh, he was on "The Bachelorette."
Sean also goes off for a rendezvous with Kacie B., and they have another conversation about how crazy it is that she's there. They've met before and clicked, but can they get out of the friend zone and into the girlfriend zone? He definitely wants to explore the possibilities.
But someone who doesn't want to explore the possibilities with Sean is Katie. She's supremely uncomfortable about "competing" for a man's attention. Sigh, what's with these girls who sign up for this show and then whine about the show's premise? Katie tells Sean a version of the "It's not you, it's me" speech and goes home.
Sean doesn't seem too bummed. He goes back to the group and gives the rose to Kacie B.