On the morning of Elimination #5, Corey wakes up with a whim to cloudgaze with Jessamine. Time is a precious commodity for The Bachelor, especially on elimination day, and so he immediately seeks Jessamine out. Luckily, she is already awake.
Unluckily, she is not particularly happy.
Jessamine is still feeling very sad after seeing Corey flirt with Roskva the previous night. As Corey approaches to invite her to cloudgaze, she is thinking about how badly her heart has been broken.
Still, she accepts, and the two head out to the deck, Jessamine hanging her head dramatically as she goes.
But as they lay out under the shining sun, and Jessamine enjoys the beautiful morning, she begins to feel a little better. Inspired, even!
But their time together must come to an end, and as soon as they part ways, Jessamine once again flips back into her very sad mood. She’s in good company, though, because Namika, who somehow found out about Roskva’s flirt fest last night, has spent the bulk of the morning crying uncharacteristically in the closet.
Honestly, I didn’t expect this from Namika. One, she didn’t even witness Corey’s flirtation with Roskva (I guess gossip get around fast in this house), and two.. well, she’s Namika. She’s never shown us a chink in her armor before!
Meanwhile, Corey is on his way to the bathroom when he is intercepted by Roskva. She’s really pulling out all the stops as Elimination draws closer. From the look on his face, Corey seems surprised, but definitely in a good way, right?!
She does a little flirting…
And since no man can resist a beautiful woman in a black garter belt, Corey does a little flirting of his own.
Morning quickly turns into afternoon, and Corey seeks out some lunch. He has a pretty good idea about his choice for elimination, but he certainly has his doubts, and is hoping for a quiet moment to deliberate a little further.
Unfortunately, peace and quiet are definitely not in the cards for Corey today.
Jessamine joins him, and boy does she have other plans! She has spent her entire morning in a terrible, horrible, no good, very SAD mood – and she wants Corey to know exactly who’s fault that is.
Poor Corey! He’s feeling pretty exhausted after getting an earful from Jessamine, so he excuses himself and heads to the bar for a drink. Maybe he’ll finally get a little time to himself to think and unwind…
But of course, no such luck. Roskva has somehow flipped into a flirty mood, and comes sauntering out to the bar to meet him. She slides on to a barstool and I can just hear her hitting on her “sexy bartender.”
Corey takes the bait, and sits down next to her. Even when she has clothes on, Corey is happy to chat with Roskva.
She’s throwing out every single signal there is, but Corey just won’t throw her a flirt interaction. And to be fair, she’s not exactly flirting with him either. I think she’s trying to tempt him into making the first move, but unfortunately she runs out of time because it’s time for everyone to prepare for the Elimination ceremony.
I break the two of them up and send everyone off to tend to their need bars, and when the sun begins to set, Corey meets the three remaining ladies in the Ceremony Hall. As usual, he’s looking dashing, but for the first time, he’s also feeling confident. I’m glad to see that he’s feeling good about this elimination, because there is no question as to which bachelorette is going home.
The ladies all make their entrances. Jessamine is in a happy mood, finally. Maybe all she needed was to get things off her chest. The only question is how much that little tirade hurt her relationship with Corey.
Roskva also arrives in a happy mood. She’s had more time with Corey in the last two days than she’s had in the the entirety of the competition, and she’s feeling pretty confident that she’s finally made the right impression.
Only Namika shows up feeling sad. She’s still pretty mopey, and keeps thinking about her broken heart. I find it hard to believe that our wily Namika is really so lovesick, but who knows? Either she’s playing it up for Corey’s benefit, or she really is hurt by his “betrayal.”
At any rate, the women find their seats and the ceremony begins.
Corey clears his throat and calls the name of the first woman he wants to keep in the house for the final round : Jessamine. Her one-on-one date may not have gone as well as she’d hoped, but it was just enough to edge her way to the top. Jessamine stands and walks gracefully to the front of the room to greet Corey…
But Namika doesn’t take the news quite so gracefully.
She’s been called first so many times now that she’d grown to expect it. If Jessamine has stolen her place in Corey’s heart, will she make it to the last round at all?
Corey gives Jessamine a friendly hug, and Jessamine happily accepts her place in the last round.
She chats briefly to him about cooking – maybe she’s offering to make him a home cooked meal? They do say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach…
And then she heads back inside the mansion, feeling relieved. It turns out that speaking her mind at lunch wasn’t such a bad thing after all.
Corey is left alone with the remaining two women. Namika looks petrified, but Roskva seems ready to accept her rose.
The only problem is, when Corey calls the name of the second woman to stay in the house, it isn’t Roskva. It’s Namika.
Namika’s romance bar with Corey is exactly the same as Jessamine’s, but since Jessamine’s friendship bar with Corey is completely full (and Namika’s isn’t), Namika gets the second spot this week.
She makes her way to the front of the room, and while you’d think she’d be happy with this outcome, it’s clear from her face that she’s anything but. Namika doesn’t like being chosen second, but it’s poor Roskva I worry about. The expression on her face looks pretty disgruntled.
Corey gives Namika a friendly hug, which she accepts with a smile.
But as soon as Corey pulls away, Namika’s face falls once again.
For someone who didn’t get sent home, she sure is laying it on thick with the guilt. Namika quickly heads back into the mansion, and she hangs her head sadly as she goes. And I thought Jessamine was the resident drama queen!
Roskva shoots her this look like, What do you have to be sad about?! and Corey just looks entirely confused.
With Namika gone, Corey must turn his attentions to Roskva.
This was a difficult decision for him, but actually more so for me. I admit, I orchestrated a few of their interactions toward the end there – I wanted to really make sure there was nothing there between them, and unfortunately, I think they’re just missing the chemistry. Corey is listed as “lovebirds” with both Namika and Jessamine, but only as a “romantic interest” with Roskva. Their romance bar is also significantly lower than his romance bars with the other women. While Corey really seems to like Roskva as a friend, he has never rolled a whim for her and she really hasn’t rolled many romantic ones for him, either. Sadly, I think the relationship panel is accurate when it says “just good friends” – at least on Corey’s end.
He asks Roskva to join him at the front, and she keeps her composure as she obliges.
“We’re just better as friends,” Corey says. “I am so glad I’ve gotten to know you, Roskva, but the spark’s just not there.”
Which is a shame, because I do think Roskva’s still holding a torch for Corey… ah, unrequited love.
At this point Corey autonomously takes a seat on the “bachelorette bench” and begins talking with Roskva. She keeps getting the “home/domestic/family” speech bubbles, and I think she’s telling him that neither of these women are marriage material.
“Look, Corey,” she says, “I care about you, but this is one really stupid decision you’re making. Have you met these girls? Jessamine is a total drama queen, and Namika is a conniving manipulator! But if that’s what you’re looking for, then to each his own I guess.”
Corey just nods along, not really hearing her. All he can say in response is, “Friends?”
Roskva sighs and agrees. She gives him a friendly hug, and wishes him luck. Class act all the way, our Roskva.
Only, I can’t help but wonder if she’s just making a show of it. If and when these other girls crash and burn, guess who’ll be waiting in the wings?
Cheers, Roskva – you’ll find Mr. Right someday. And if it isn’t Corey, then I have a pretty handsome Hasslich for you!