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We’re getting closer and closer, Bachelor Nation: It’s fantasy suite week in Gold Coast, Australia! But will one woman’s request keep Peter from sealing the deal with her fellow contestants?
Let’s jump in.
in Monday’s episode of “The Bachelor,” Madison pulls Peter aside and tells him that if he sleeps with someone else, it would be hard for her to move forward. She insists she doesn’t want to tell him what to do – but to any rational viewer, that’s what is happening. She still doesn’t mention that she is saving herself for marriage, making her ask all the more awkward.
What’s also awkward: Madison, Victoria F. and Hannah Ann will spend the week together while each goes on her fantasy suite date with Peter.
First up is Hannah Ann. The pair go Jet Skiing, which made us jealous. (If you’re reading this and want to take us on a Jet Skiing date, we’re listening.) They reminisce about hometowns and she grows emotional explaining how she won’t leave him after their date. (She’s going to have to be patient when the other women have their turns.) Predictably, beach and ocean make outs ensue.
Peter later thanks her for not allowing doubt to creep in. She says when she lets someone in, she’s all in.
“When I look at him, it’s like a reflection of my heart,” she says. The pair head off to the fantasy suite and drink champagne – which, if she’s watching, must twist the knife (cork?) for poor Kelsey.
It doesn’t seem like the date is super PG, though we obviously don’t know what happens. But Madison is right to be concerned.
Peter Weber spends this week on fantasy suite dates with the three remaining women on “The Bachelor.” (Photo: Stewart Cook, ABC)
Victoria F., Peter finally communicate
Peter and Victoria F. take a helicopter ride over Gold Coast and pop over to a beautiful waterfall. Peter thinks they’ve proven to each other they don’t want to give up. But perhaps they should! To refresh your memory: Exes consistently (and mysteriously) show up on their dates and Peter and Victoria can’t seem to communicate.
Still, Peter feels horrible about not meeting her family and he says it meant a lot to him when she surprised him the next day.
Elsewhere: Madison tells Hannah Ann she told Peter she didn’t know if she’d be able to continue if he slept with other women. Consider the pot stirred.
At dinner, Victoria tries to explain why she is the way she is regarding communication. She says that in her last relationship she wasn’t asked about her feelings, so when Peter asks her things, she gets defensive. She wants him to tell her what she needs to give him. He says that he needs 100% confidence that he can count on her and lean on her even if he says something the wrong way. He doesn’t want her to run away when that happens.
She explains she didn’t feel good enough for her ex, and Peter says he wants her to feel like she deserves all the love in the world. Say what you will about Peter, but he is sweet.
Despite a bit of a return to drama, the pair partake in the fantasy suite. We see Victoria and Peter cuddle in bed together the next morning (sorry, Madison) and she tells him she’s in love with him.
Peter matches that enthusiasm in an aside, plus a little extra: He admits he’s in love with all three women. This isn’t “Big Love,” Peter, you can’t marry them all.
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Madison tells the truth – and so does Peter
Madison and Peter visit Skypoint (“Australia’s highest external building climb,” according to its website). After a long elevator ride, they don harnesses and climb stairs to the top.
“Sometimes the wind is against you and the world is against you, but you just keep going, you keep taking those steps,” Madison says. This show is never subtle about metaphors.
Peter later tells Madison that he’s been torn about her request, as he has two other relationships. She says she was discouraged and disappointed before fantasy suite week and didn’t want to put him in an uncomfortable position or give him an ultimatum.
Then the truth: She tells him she’s saving herself for marriage. Peter respects her commitment and asks what her expectations are from him. She says she wouldn’t be able to say yes to an engagement (!) or continue if he’s slept with the other women. She is not trying to come across as judgmental, but those are her expectations. Madison has pushed herself already but explains he’s worth it. We ask again: Did she know about Peter’s windmill escapades from “The Bachelorette?”
Peter admits he’s been intimate and that he can’t lie about that. It’s vague enough to keep us guessing about his sexual escapades this week but clear enough to show he didn’t value her request.
He says he can see them together at the end, but can see it with others, too. Madison excuses herself, frustrated and mad.
He finds her and whispers that he’s sorry. “I can’t lose you,” he says. They embrace for an excruciatingly long time. She says that she can’t change who she is and he tells her not to walk away … then, she does.
What does that mean? We’re going to have to wait until next week to find out.
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