Clayton’s search for love continues The bachelor It exploded in his face spectacularly last week, and now he has to do his best to put it back together.
Monday’s penultimate episode picks up in the aftermath of his bad breakup with Susie, with Clayton sitting in a church in Iceland (seeking forgiveness, perhaps?) And still upset by what happened. “I need someone to help me because I’m so broken,” he sobs at the camera. He confides in Jesse, but continues to say he was “blinded” by what Susie said and insists that he wanted him to fully explore his other relationships with her. So … it’s still all his fault. Done! Now he decides that he will be “one thousand percent transparent” with Gabby and Rachel at the rose ceremony. If they really love him, he thinks, they’ll stick around. Well let’s see!
It’s time for the rose ceremony (from hell!), And the two girls are surprised not to see Susie there. They are even more surprised when Clayton tells them everything: he was in love with Susie, and he is in love with both of them too – and “I was also intimate with both of them.” Ahihhhh. He is still seeing one of them at the end of this … but he still doesn’t know who he is! (Well, whoever is less pissed off at him for all of this, probably.) The girls both go off in different directions, and Susie’s panting sobs echo through the entire building. Gabby is crying too and says she doesn’t want to be with Clayton eventually if she is to be like that. Rachel can’t understand how he can be in love with two other women and her too. (Yes, we’re still trying to figure it out for ourselves.) “I just want to continue with both,” Clayton tells Jesse. Really, friend? Is this your answer after all of this?
Gabby eventually returns and Clayton tries to reassure her that what they have is real – well, as real as what she has with Rachel and Susie, anyway. She reminds him that “love” is a big word to throw away. How can he feel safe when he tells everyone he loves them? “Whoever I choose, I love the most,” Clayton tells her … and the disgusted looks on the faces of the fans watching it live say it all. “Wrong answer from the fucking king,” Gabby says later in a confessional. (Damn right!) He too sits down with Rachel and tries to explain that he has a “different” love for her than he does for Gabby and Susie, but that doesn’t stop the aqueduct. “I feel like my heart is breaking,” he confesses before sobbing in his lap. He tells her that he still loves her and convinces her to agree to take things one day at a time. No, Rachel! Don’t let him get away with this!
He’s starting to realize that Clayton is at least partly to blame here … which is something, guess what? The movements of the rose ceremony follow and he offers a weak apology to Gabby and Rachel before offering them both roses. Rachel accepts her, but Gabby stops him: “I can’t, I’m sorry,” she tells him firmly. Upon leaving, she says they have something special, but the “who I love most” response really hurt her. “Just say you’re sorry or something,” she says. But Clayton keeps trying to get her to change her mind, and we have to wait for a commercial break – man, this episode is long – before she starts babbling and wavering. Meanwhile, Rachel wonders if she should stay after both women left her as their only choice by default. Gabby eventually returns, though, and accepts Clayton’s squad after all. Yes, romance?
After Jesse steps off the action for a useless segment where he asks ex Bachelor stars for their take on the situation – spoiler alert: they don’t like it! – back to Iceland, where Clayton tells his family the whole messy story. Her mother and father seem very sensitive: they think women have every right to be angry and deserve someone to put them first. (“You fuck the dog, in my opinion,” her father chuckles.) Gabby is the first to meet them, and she strangely she seems to be doing better since last night’s debacle. In fact, she is worried that her parents don’t like her because she almost walked away with him! She privately tells her mother that she felt she “couldn’t give up on a man like him” without making it. “I’m more ready than ever to be with him,” she says finally. Ugh. Well, she is disappointing.
Rachel’s visit with her parents is fine too, and her mom even compliments her for not going out after hearing her big confession (?!). So both women are back on board! Her plan worked! Well, maybe: after his he father told him that he should really be able to make a decision by now, Clayton reveals to his family: his heart is still with Susie! Damn, man! “He was just a little bit more special with Susie,” he says, and he takes them with bulldozers when they try to make sense of him. Even though she has strayed from him, he thinks he can win her back – and she tells Jesse that she needs to see if there’s still something there. Then Jesse throws a bomb: Susie is still in Iceland. Will she be able to grab a Cassie and give it another chance, though? (Because we know how well she worked last time.)
Okay, Bachelor Nation: How do you think Tuesday’s season finale will turn out? Leave your predictions in a comment below.