Ben Higgins' journey to find love is well underway. "The Bachelor" star has successfully narrowed his search for his future wife down to 14 contestants — and the next stop on this romantic ride is none other than Sin City!
First Group Date
JoJo lands the first one-on-one date of episode 4 and embarks on a romantic helicopter ride with Ben. The two explore the Las Vegas strip from the sky before heading out for dinner to get to know each other better.
Although they haven’t managed to spend too much time together yet, Ben confesses that he’s already had so many “moments” with her. And JoJo feels the same. She tells Ben that thinking of him gives her butterflies. However, the two still don’t really know much about each other. JoJo uses the opportunity to open up about her last relationship, which ended five months prior. She explains that she dated her ex-boyfriend for a year and a half, and that they ended things because of trust issues. Ben appreciates her opening up and gifts her with the date rose, which JoJo accepts. All in all the date was a bit of a dud with nothing too exciting happening.
The group date card lists Amanda, Jubileee, Caila, Lauren B, Amber, Haley, Emily, Leah, Lauren H, Jennifer, Rachel and Olivia. While most of the ladies are happy to spend any sort of time with Ben, Olivia is “disappointed” because she didn’t get a one-on-one date. However, she promises the cameras that she’s going to keep her head up. Phew!
What the women don’t know is that they’re not just spending the afternoon with Ben, but with comedian and ventriloquist Terry Fator! Terry breaks the news to them that they’re going to be part of a talent competition as his opening act. While Emily and Haley are excited to show off their river dance moves, other girls are a little afraid about taking the Las Vegas stage to perform in front of 1,200 people.
The twins completely nail their dance, Jubilee plays the cello and Lauren B juggles. As for Olivia? She’s the star of the show. Dressed in a skimpy and sparkly showgirl outfit, Olivia makes her grand entrance by stepping out of a giant cake. She then proceeds to kick her legs and do a little shimmy. To let Lauren B explain it, Olivia’s performance was “cringe worthy” and “made everyone uncomfortable” – including Olivia herself.
Although Olivia has been acting like a frontrunner in the competition, she pulls a Kelsey from Chris Soules’ season of “The Bachelor” and has a panic attack. In between freaking out, Olivia tells the cameras that Ben looked mortified by her dance and gave her a pity hug. (The cameras were unable to confirm with Ben if the hug he gave her was sincere or out of pity.)
Olivia’s insecurity follows her into the post-talent show cocktail party. While Ben is enjoying time with Caila and Leah, Olivia is continuing to panic over Ben’s thoughts on her performance. Finally, when she can’t take it anymore, she pulls him aside to talk.
“You did great,” Ben tells her when she explains how upset she it. “It was funny.”
She continues to monopolize the conversation by talking about being embarrassed until one of the twins steals him away. But Olivia doesn’t end it there. Now she can’t stop obsessing over Ben not kissing her, and steals Ben away from one of the other girls to talk to him again.
Ben’s not impressed with Olivia’s bizarre behavior, but tolerates her and gives her a kiss. However, he doesn’t gift her with the group date rose to make her feel better. Instead, he gives it Lauren B! He tells her that the rose represents how confident he feels about their relationship. Lauren B gladly accepts and the two hug while poor Amanda sits between them.
Second One-On-One Date
Becca is the lucky girl to land the final one-on-one date of episode 4. All the other women are jealous – especially when a wedding dress gets delivered to the suite.
“I would love to marry Ben on my first one-on-one date,” one of the twins confesses.
But the dress doesn’t mean that Becca and Ben are getting hitched. He does get down on one knee when Becca arrives at the wedding chapel, but only to propose that they marry other people! Ben became an ordained minister, and together they perform the ceremony for a handful of couples.
It’s a fun afternoon, but it doesn’t end there. They spend the rest of their date at the Neon Museum and get to know each other a little better. Of course, the conversation turns to Becca’s virginity, which was a hot topic last season when she was on Chris Soules’ season.
“It’s a personal thing for me,” Becca explains, adding that she’s looking for a “bond and commitment” from the person she chooses to spend the rest of her life with.
Ben appreciates that and gifts her with the date rose.
A normal episode of “The Bachelor” usually includes three dates, but episode 4 added an extra for the twins. Emily and Haley are excited to spend some time with Ben in their hometown of Las Vegas – but Ben planned the date in order to cut one of them.
The trio ends up at Haley and Emily’s mom’s house where they give Ben a tour of their bedrooms. Obviously, no one warned them about this because Haley still has pictures of her and her ex-boyfriend up. Awkward! Meanwhile, Emily basically throws her sister under the bus by saying that Haley doesn’t have nearly as strong as a connection or feelings for Ben as she does. In the end Ben sits down both women in front of their mom to reveal his decision.
“I’m going to have to say goodbye to Haley,” he tells them.
Haley is already gone heading into the rose ceremony, and the other women are nervous. Jennifer steals Ben first in order to get some one-on-one time with him, but she doesn’t get too long with him. Olivia steals him again in order to “move forward.” She once again apologizes for the talent show, but Ben doesn’t want to hear it. He tells her that she doesn’t need to apologize and that he finds her “awkward” moments “endearing and cute.” That gives Olivia the boost of confidence she needs.
JoJo, Lauren B and Becca enter the episode 4 rose ceremony safe thanks to date roses. Ben hands the first rose to Amanda, followed by Lauren H, Jubilee, Emily, Caila, Jennifer and Leah. Only one rose remains, and Ben chooses to give it to Olivia. Amber and Rachel join Haley as the contestants eliminated during episode 4.