It’s week #3 in the Bachelor mansion and all the girls are on their A game. The connections are stronger. The feelings are realer. And the hemlines are shorter than Jake Pavelka’s temper.

This week, each of Sean’s dates hoped overcoming their challenge would “take their relationship to the next level,” as we were reminded over and over during their interviews.

For Lesley, this meant making out with Sean for three minutes and forty seconds on Hollywood Boulevard without being stopped by the police for solicitation. For the rest of Lesley Murphy’s life she’ll be able to tell potential suitors, “I’m in the Guinness Book of World Records for making out with someone who isn’t you.” Wife material? You betcha.

For the group date, the 12 lucky ladies got to partake in a bikini commercial for Smack Sportswear; I mean volleyball game where the winning team scored extra time with Sean. Half the ladies ended in tears. Honestly, I would have started crying as soon as I heard the words bikini and volleyball in the same sentence.

Then comes arguably the greatest moment in Bachelor history. Props to whoever is responsible for sound effects on the Bachelor, because whoever recreated the “thud heard round the world,” deserves an Emmy. (One of those Emmy’s that they give out the day before. Not the Emmy that Ryan Seacrest asks you what you’re wearing.)

Tierra falls – not for Sean – but for the stucco stairs in the Bachelor Mansion. Having visited the Bachelor Pad this summer I can tell you firsthand that it is not easy walking down those stairs in Aldo wedges and a haze of anxiety and alcohol. Tierra hits the ground and raises the bar for every future Bachelorette, scoring some unexpected one-on-one time with Sean. Well played, Tierra.

For the final date, AshLee and Sean take over Six Flags for the day to prove that not everyone who meets on the Internet is pretending to be a Parisian-based male model. It’s a genuine moment, and a nice way to ease into AshLee’s dramatic backstory, but all I could think about was how much her feet must have been hurting by the end of that day at the amusement park.

We make it to the rose ceremony, where Sean has too much respect for Kacie to put her through the ceremony (and then tells the 15 remaining ladies that he just wasn’t into her.) He sends home Kristy because her sock bun makes him crave bagels and he hasn’t had a carb since 2003, and Taryn because, I mean, who?

And all that’s left to talk about are my picks for this week’s best and worst outfits.

The Good


Lesley M snagged the first date, scoring a chance at a kissing world record with Sean. But while the tourists on Hollywood Boulevard were screaming for the kiss, viewers at home were much more interested in Lesley’s open back lace dress by BCBGeneration. Lesley and Sean may have scored the Guinness World Record for longest on screen kiss, but the real prize was snagging my pick for best dressed this week. Well played, Lesley.


Sorry for the crummy picture, but I am in love with Sarah’s fuchsia strapless gown by Naven. I loved the fit and the movement of the dress, but most of all I love the color. In a blink and you miss it moment, Sarah was wearing a three-stone turquoise ring which was a fun, unexpected color contrast.

The Bad


Poor Kristy thought she was going to an Axl Rose lookalike contest. To her dismay, it was a volleyball challenge instead. Kristy went home with a bathing suit full of sand and an ear full of rhinestone earrings. Tip: just because Claire’s sells them in packs of three doesn’t mean you have to wear them all at the same time.


I know this won’t make me popular, but I hated AshLee’s Free People amusement park dress. I also hate the way she spells her name, but that’s beyond her control, and this dress was totally her choice. This dress is like a pattern for a needlepoint pillow before grandma got her hands on it.


During her one-on-one time with Sean, Lindsay confides that she thinks she and Sean have a real connection. The kind where she could see him across a room, catch his eye and know what he’s thinking. You know, if I were in a room with Lindsay, and she caught my eye, she’d know what I was thinking too. I’d be thinking, “that is the ugliest necklace I have ever seen.”


I hate to kick a girl when she’s down. No. No I don’t. I know a lot of people liked Kacie B’s colorblock dress from Bebe, but I thought it looked like she was styled by BodyGlove. All she needs is a Hypercolor sweatshirt and some flip flops and you’ve got a 1992 PacSun photoshoot.

Next week Tierra always gets what she wants. Kacie B returns to tell Sean that Courtney isn’t here for the right reasons. And at least one more Bachelorette ends up with a head injury.

Sadly, I only made up one of these storylines.

See you next week.

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