'The Bachelorette' Recap: The Guys Strip, and One Gets Too Drunk
What would Magic Mike do? On this week's episode of The Bachelorette, Andi Dorfman watched the guys' pants come down -- while someone's blood-alcohol level went way up.
Andi chose Eric Hill for the season's first one-on-one date. Their date was a day of contrasts as they started out frolicking on the beach before a helicopter whisked them away to a mountain for a snowboarding lesson.
Eric and Andi continued to develop their connection, as he showed off his caring side by teaching her to coast down the mountain. Eventually, Andi gave him the date rose. Of course, their date carried a somber tone, as Eric died a month ago after a paragliding accident. It was especially sad to hear Eric talk on the date about planning to put his adventurous lifestyle on hold in order to start a family.
On the group date, the guys channeled their inner stripper-with-a-heart-of-gold by putting on a striptease for charity. "Check out the packages," Andi instructed her Bachelor season 18 cohorts Sharleen Joynt and Kelly Travis, who were there to help judge the men (tough job, but someone's gotta do it). Andi appeared to be especially impressed by Brian, Marquel and Marcus.
The afterparty quickly got out of hand, as Craig drank too much and ended up in the pool fully clothed. After he pushed one of the other contestants, the producers intervened and sent him back to the mansion. Things aren't looking too good for Craig. Meanwhile, Marcus lifted Andi's spirits after the brouhaha and ended up nabbing the rose.
Farmer -- and bow-tie aficianado -- Chris earned the second one-on-one date, meaning he got to spend the day betting on the ponies with Andi at Santa Anita racetrack. Chris might be a bit too earnest for city gal Andi, and he certainly trotted out no shortage of puns based around the word "winner." Still, their date was cute, especially when they got tips on romance from an elderly couple. Chris got the rose, not to mention Andi's first kiss of the season.
Weird things happened at the cocktail party, and we're not just talking about the fact that two different guys were wearing camouflage ties. Nick V. -- the recipient of last week's first-impression rose -- surprised Andi with a date of his own. A giggly Josh M. was clearly smitten during his one-on-one chat with Andi, but it paid off with a kiss. He's a clear frontrunner. And Craig tried to atone for his drunken shenanigans by busting out an acoustic guitar. Frankly, we're surprised that it even took this long for one of the guys to play acoustic guitar this season, as that is always a go-to move on The Bachelorette.
But was Craig's last-ditch strumming enough to keep him in the game? Here are the 13 guys who got roses this week, along with Eric, Marcus and Chris: Ron, Nick V., JJ, Marquel, Tasos, Josh M., Brian, Andrew, Chris, Dylan, Brett, Patrick, Cody and Bradley. That meant curtains for tat-loving firefighter Carl, golfer Nick S. and life-of-the-party Craig. Andi explained to Craig that she respected him but couldn't get past his wild group date behavior.
What did you think of this week's episode and Andi's cuts? Which guy do you think is in the lead? And was that the sexiest robot you've ever seen? Let us know in the comments!