It’s day three, and most of the contestants have woken up with a whim for Corey. Everyone wants to make a last good impression before elimination! Jessamine heads straight for the grill, knowing that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.
But Corey is sleeping in, and the other girls gobble up the grilled fruit before he even gets out of bed. Sandy, Jessamine, and Roskva chat nervously over their breakfast, speculating about which of them will be the first to leave the house. Jessamine feels confident she’s staying (her swan dive and cloudgazing should have done the trick), and Sandy felt a connection last night during foosball. But Roskva is uncertain. Corey hasn’t shown much interest in her so far, and she thinks she could be on the chopping block.
Likewise, Sierra mopes around the house all morning. She seems to think that her future here is uncertain as well.
Roskva and Sierra are right to worry. Their relationships with Corey are the two lowest in the house. But Corey likes them both equally, and he has yet to decide which of these two beauties he’d like to keep. I decide to pin all the ladies’ whims for the time being, and send Corey out on a last ditch date with Roskva and Sierra. There are only a few hours left until eliminations, so there’s no time to dawdle.
I send Corey, Sierra, and Roskva to the Von Haunt Estate in hopes that the beautiful scenery will encourage a little romance. But things get off to a rocky start when – predictably – Corey pays more attention to his phone than he does to his dates. What is his deal? Roskva plasters a smile to her face as she waits for him to address them, but from the look on her face, I have a feeling her patience is wearing as thin as mine.
Sierra looks unhappy as she gives Roskva the side eye. Maybe she’s thinking Roskva has a better chance than she does, but Sierra is her own worst enemy. She takes off once again, and walks directly to the chess table, where she seems delighted to play alone. For someone who spent all morning seeming miserable, she’s certainly quick to ditch her date.
Meanwhile, Roskva also tires of waiting for Corey and decides to explore the mansion on her own. She’s creative, after all, and she wants to see the art work in the museum. She goes to check out the kitchen exhibit when she walks in on two flirty ghosts kissing passionately. If only Corey would look at her like that!
At this point, Corey takes a break from his phone to use the bathroom. He stares at himself in the mirror, and frowns. I don’t think he’s looking forward to making this decision, or to facing the contestants at elimination. He’s a good guy, our Corey – he’s not out to break any hearts.
But this is the Bachelor, and heart-breaking comes with the territory. Time is marching on, and our Corey has spent zero time with either of the girls. Due to the lack of autonomous progress, I decide it’s time to intervene. I select “go here” for all three of them, and send them out to the terrace.
They talk as as a group for awhile, and Corey and Sierra gain quite a few friendship points. I think we finally have a front runner, and Roskva seems to think so, too, because she heads off to the chess table, alone in defeat. But Corey does something surprising, and for the first time during this date, he makes an autonomous action that seems to favor one woman over the other.
He leaves Sierra on the terrace, and joins Roskva in her game of chess. Corey teases her a bit and cracks a blonde joke, but Roskva isn’t offended. She laughs good-naturedly, and in the end she shows him who’s boss when she captures his king.
Still, Corey’s relationship panel indicates no preference, and with Elimination just hours away, I need him to make a decision. I choose to have him initiate the “Flirt” interaction with each of the ladies.
He approaches Sierra first, complimenting her beautiful dark eyes.
She seems flattered at first, but she turns on Corey unexpectedly, brushing off his advances.
Maybe she’s ticked off he ditched her for Roskva’s chess game, or maybe she just isn’t interested. But the end result is the same – she loses several relationship points with Corey, and moreover, he’s humiliated.
I send Sierra home, and wait until Corey gets over her rejection to have him flirt with Roskva. I don’t want him dying of humiliation if Roskva rejects him, too.
But Roskva is much more receptive than Sierra. She’s more than happy to feed his wounded ego, and throws him a flirtatious wave.
And so the date ends on a good note.
Back at the mansion, it’s almost time for Elimination. Sandy and Jessamine knock back a few drinks to calm their nerves, and then it’s time to get ready.
The contestants gather in the ceremony room, and wait anxiously for the Elimination to begin. They talk amongst themselves, but when Corey appears at last – looking dashing in his light gray suit – the women fall silent.
Corey is nervous but he does his best to look confident. His decision is clear now, and he knows what needs to be done.
Colleen is the first to be called. Their relationship is the strongest, and while he’s not sure if his feelings for her are romantic, he is eager to see where things go. She happily accepts his invitation to stay, and hugs him before heading back inside the mansion.
Jessamine is next. She has definitely commanded Corey’s attention, and her efforts have paid off. She gazes at him adoringly as he gives her the news, but Corey still isn’t sure if she likes him or if she just likes to win. Only time will tell, and Corey seems happy to give her that time.
Corey calls Sandy next. She really impressed him during their foosball game, and Corey thinks she’s easy-going and sweet. He hasn’t seen her temper yet, and apparently he doesn’t notice that she’s wearing a wedding gown to Elimination. Regardless, Sandy can’t hide her excitement at being chosen to stay, and moreover, that she has been picked before Paige.
But Paige is called next, and she saunters seductively up to Corey. I didn’t think she’d take kindly to being called fourth, but she puts her game face on and graciously accepts Corey’s invitation to stay. One thing is for sure, though – she will be upping her game before Elimination 2.
We’re down to the bottom three now, and Namika is visibly relieved to hear her name called. She’s so excited, in fact, that Corey practically has to peel her off of him as she clings to their hug. He doesn’t seem to mind, though. There are worse things than having a beautiful woman cling to you.
It’s down to the last two women now, and Sierra and Roskva sit anxiously, hoping for Corey to call their name.
But their date this morning made things very clear, and Corey isn’t interested in pursuing a woman who has no interest in him.
And so it’s Roskva’s name he calls last. She beams at him, thankful for another chance to win his heart.
Roskva departs, leaving Corey alone with Sierra.
He calls her to the front to join him. It’s clear from the look on his face that he doesn’t look forward to this awkward conversation.
Corey is taken aback when Sierra begins to cry. She rejected him earlier, after all. He never expected her to react this way.
“Why are you crying?” he asks her point blank. “You never even seemed to like me!”
“You don’t understand!” she yells. “I did meet my soulmate here! It just isn’t you! And now I’ll have to go home to Oasis Springs, and I’ll never see my gardener again!”
Corey smiles, because he knows he has made the right choice.
And Sierra packs her bags and leaves the mansion. Maybe she’ll go back to Oasis Springs. Or maybe she’ll go find her gardener.