The ninth episode of “The Bachelor” (Season 16, Episode 9) has Ben go on romantic dates in Switzerland with the remaining three ladies, Lindzi Cox, Courtney Robertson and Nicki Sterling. Ben goes on a helicopter ride with Nicki. At the top of a mountain, Nicki confesses her love for Ben. Later back at a cozy cabin, Ben has a surprise for Nicki, a card with a key to their own fantasy suite. Nicki accepts.
Ben has something more daring in mind for Lindzi. They are to repel off a 300-foot drop on ropes into a gorge. Ben and Lindzi, who are both terrified of heights, are less than thrilled, but they manage to get to the bottom by staying focused on each other and holding each other’s hands. Ben later on takes Lindzi to a modern hotel where Lindzi admits to Ben her love which is a difficult thing for her to do. Lindzi also accepts Ben’s card and key and they spend a romantic evening in a suite.
The date with Courtney is the most rocky of the three. Ben takes Courtney on a picnic in the Switzerland countryside. Ben mentions Courtney’s poor treatment of the other girls. It’s an awkward conversation which is later followed back at a wine -cellar like cabin. Ben has a talk with Courtney about his concerns for her behavior. Courtney admits she finds it difficult to open up and trust other men and women, which concerns Ben; however, Ben also gives Courtney a similar card and key. They also spend the evening together.
The show throws a rather cruel curveball when they reintroduce Kacie who comes for a “surprise” visit to Ben’s hotel room. Kacie wants to know why Ben rejected her and Ben answers with the excuse they were from too different backgrounds and he didn’t want to lead her along in believing they had a shared future together. Ben’s words obviously hurt Kacie as she still has feelings for him. Kacie also warns Ben of Courtney bad behavior toward the other women and that Ben might have his heart broken by Courtney. “She’s just in to win,” Kacie tells Ben.
Ben feels conflicted as he likes Courtney, but is worried about her poor treatment of others and how that might translate into their relationship and possible future marriage. Ben has a very difficult decision ahead of him.
The roses go to:
Suprisingly Nicki is not given a rose after all the dirt dug up on Courtney. Nicki is left heartbroken as Ben tells her he didn’t have the same feelings for her. Nicki tearfully is taken away in a limousine. She’s upset she let herself fall so hard for Ben and worries he too will be hurt by Courtney. Undoubtedly with everything coming to light, Courtney is bad news and Ben is letting his feelings (or hormones) cloud his better judgment. However, with his decision to choose Courtney in spite of anything, if she does break his heart, Ben can’t say he wasn’t warned.
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