9:05pm PT by Christina Schoellkopf
'The Bachelor': Second Woman Quits the Show, Ben Suffers Personal Loss
[Warning: This story contains spoilers from Season 20 of ABC's The Bachelor.]
The bottom line: Ben Higgins' season of The Bachelor has officially turned into a catfight, and Jubilee is the new one to watch.
The war veteran from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., hit her breaking point in the latest episode — and it led to tears, F-bombs and another girl quitting the show during the final rose ceremony.
But before we get to the most jaw-dropping scene of the season (so far), here are a few highlights from some of the sweeter moments this week.
Bachelor fans fell more in love with Lauren B., the lucky winner this week for a one-on-one date with Ben. The two exchanged adorable kisses during a private plane ride (Even though, let's be honest, their first kiss of the date was so awkward when they missed each other's lips!) Ben and the flight attendant later shared a special moment in a hot tub that was plopped literally in the middle of nowhere (it's easier if you don't ask questions) and finished the night dancing to a private concert with Lucy Angel.
There were solid cameos from sport superstars! On the group date, Ben had the women compete for his heart in a soccer game at the iconic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The ladies paired off and were coached by none other than FIFA Women's World Cup champions Alex Morgan and Kelley O' Hara. The winning team scored an after-party with Ben for some coveted alone time.
Ben then chose Jubilee for his second one-on-one date. Whether you love to hate her or hate to love her, you have to admit that it was pretty powerful to hear her open up about her incredibly challenging past in Haiti, where she lost every member of her bloodline.
Now for the chaos.
Emotions reached an all-time high for the season during the infamous rose ceremony. Ben made a tragic announcement that two close family friends, whom he referred to as "pillars in [his] community," had died in a plane crash the night before. (The news was especially unsettling because Ben chose a private plane and helicopter ride as his two one-on-one dates this week.)
To help comfort Ben after hearing the news, Jubilee decided to pull her crush aside for a private massage. Within minutes, the other women started spying on the two of them and did not hold back their rage. (And this was serious rage. Did you catch Becca's face coming unglued?) Despite already having her own rose from a successful group date, Bachelor veteran Amber aggressively led a girl-fight pack against the newly discovered masseuse. As Amber started stomping her heels over to Jubilee and calling her out, "Jubs" ditched the women altogether and headed upstairs to cry, but not before screaming, "Leave me the f— alone!" Ben proved yet again that he is every hopeless romantic's hero: He came to the rescue to console Jubilee after she started hysterically crying.
Amber's attack completely backfired when Ben asserted, "What I like about Jubilee is that she doesn’t walk on eggshells. I want her to make jokes and feel comfortable." He turned to "Jubs" and added, "If you need to talk to me, come find me." (Wow! Is Jubilee the new frontrunner?)
Believe it or not, that was far from the peak of the drama that night.
In a shocking twist, Lace (Yes, "50 Shades of Crazy" Lace) actually made a very respectful move. Right before Ben started handing out roses to the lucky women staying for another week, Lace pulled him outside for a chat. Would she comment again about acting crazy? Would she complain about Ben's lack of eye contact? No, she actually decided to quit the show.
"I have a lot to work on myself. I just feel like going home might be easier," Lace told Ben with teary eyes. "You can’t love somebody else until you truly love yourself, and I don’t know if I truly love myself yet. I think it’s better that I go."
The women who also said goodbye to Ben this week were Jami and Shushanna.
Now, just because Olivia cruised through another rose ceremony doesn't mean she left unscathed. The Bachelor contestants did not refrain from talking behind the Texan's back. Right at the start of the show, Lauren B. disclosed a crazy inside scoop about Olivia's shopping bug. Apparently, Olivia spent a whooping $40,000 on clothes for the show. The side comments and insults got even worse as the episode progressed, peaking when the women on the group date made fun of her toes, breasts and bad breath.
But Olivia dug her own hole at the rose ceremony. Right after Ben shared that he was feeling really down on himself with the tragic news, she pulled him aside. Instead of asking how he was feeling or showing any bit of empathy, she vented about her...cankles. (Show some respect, girl.)
Do you think Olivia will make it past next week? Are you on Jubilee's side, or do you think she deserved to get called out? Did Lace make the right call leaving the show? Share your thoughts in the comments below.