'The Bachelor' Week 9 Recap: The Top Five Highlights
The women went into the week full of confidence, but Ben was feeling the strain of the episode's impending elimination. Even the stunning Alpine scenery wasn't enough to distract him from his concerns over Courtney's reputed catty behavior, and his growing and competing affections for each of the women. Here are the week's top five highlights:
5. Nicki Comes on Strong
Nicki, who was still riding the high of her successful Texas hometown date, was ecstatic to reconnect with Ben. They were immediately swooped up in a helicopter and treated to amazing views of the Alps, all while cuddling up in the close quarters of the helicopter's cabin. They touched down for a scenic picnic, and Nicki reiterated last week's confession of love. Ben still seemed reluctant to reciprocate, although he did admit to feeling a spark with Nicki, whom he has referred to as "the dark horse" of the competition.
Nicki used the dinnertime portion of their date to once again come on strong, quizzing Ben about the number of children he wants and assuring him that she's raring to put down roots with him. She dropped the "L" word a few more times, and eagerly accepted his overnight invitation. They steamed up the fantasy suite in an indoor hot tub, and Ben seemed to be warming up to her advances. "She makes me feel at ease, and I see a life with her," he said.
4. Lindzi Softens Up
Lindzi was up next, and once again found herself on one of Ben's special adrenaline adventures, which pushed them both to their physical limits. The twosome nervously rappelled into a 300-foot gorge, and for once, Ben seemed to be even more terrified than his female companion. Fortunately for the daring duo, their reward was some relaxing hot tub time, when Lindzi continued to let down her guard and hinted at her strong feelings for him.