SPOILER ALERT! This post contains details from Monday's episode of The bachelor.
It's two nights Bachelor event, and Joey will meet up with the ladies in Malta after a tumultuous first few weeks in Los Angeles, to say the least.
The confrontation at the pool party has everyone on edge, and while everyone claims they would like to move on, it seems like that's all anyone can talk about. That's probably why Joey gives Maria and Sydney a two-on-one showdown to clear things up. But more on that later.
First, Lexi gets a one-on-one date with Joey. They spend the day walking around Malta, trying lots of new foods, dancing and even taking in the hilltop city. They also admire some paintings in a church, and Lexi reminisces about her late grandfather, who was an artist. She says during the confessional that she hopes to deepen her conversations with Joey over dinner. This is usually when women start to desire a deeper connection with the protagonist, as roses are becoming scarcer.
During dinner, Lexi tells Joey that she has already been diagnosed with endometriosis and may never be able to have children of her own. She also says that this was the reason her last relationship ended. Joey admits that this isn't something he's ever faced in a relationship before, but there are many ways to start a family, and that doesn't discourage him from pursuing the relationship.
Lexi gets a rose.
Meanwhile, back at the hotel, Sydney is still upset that Joey kept Maria around. She says she can't concentrate on anything else because her brain is “completely occupied” by the fact that Maria is still there. It seems like Maria really isn't worried about Sydney and just wants to move on, but it doesn't seem like that's going to happen.
The group date goes to Jenn, Daisy, Edwina, Katelyn, Allison, Rachel, Autumn, Kelsey T., Jess, Madina, Lea, and Kelsey A. This also confirms that Sydney and Maria are going for a one-on-one. Damn.
The group meets Joey at Forte Manoel, where they filmed some scenes of The Game of Thrones. Joey says he's thrilled to be where Ned Stark was beheaded (spoilers, Joey!). The women are told they will take part in a series of challenges to earn extra time with Joey.
The first is fairness. Then they are tasked with looking individually into Joey's eyes to “show him his soul.” This happens in front of everyone and, admittedly, it's pretty weird. It also leads to multiple make-out sessions. Again, this is in front of everyone. Extremely uncomfortable to witness.
The last challenge involves each of the women and Joey forming a circle around some hanging sausages. As the sausage wheel spins, they have to catch one using just their mouths. The innuendo is a bit in your face in this case. Furthermore, all the women are quite disgusted by the amount of sausages hitting their faces. Autumn seems to be the only one to succeed and ends up getting some extra time with Joey, although it's unclear how much time she actually managed to spend alone with him because all the episode shows is the pair walking a few feet away and looking together. at sunset. In the next scene, all the women from the group date are back together for a cocktail.
There's not much to report on this part of the group meeting, except that all the conversations seem to have gone very well. Some women tell Joey they are “falling in love with him,” but there are no other big moments. Shocking! Plus, refreshing! Kelsey T. receives the rose for the group date.
The calm won't last long, because it's time for Sydney and Maria to finally clear the air in this two-on-one. The boat ride to meet Joey is super awkward, and things get even weirder when they realize they're going to be joining him on a ride. Even smaller boat to explore some caves around Malta. Maria is trying to keep things light, but Sydney isn't having it.
After the boat ride, Joey knows he can't avoid this anymore. He first pulls Sydney aside to ask her side of the story. She says when he left the pool party, Maria “attacked” her and told Lea to “shut up.” She claims that Maria is the common denominator for all of the house's problems, and ultimately, Sydney feels like she's just looking out for Joey's best interests by flagging all this drama with Maria.
Well, Maria says this is all a lie. She wanted to leave the drama in Los Angeles and doesn't understand why Sydney can't move on. She also doesn't like being accused of being a bad person.
By the time dinner arrives, literally nothing has been resolved. However, Joey has already made it clear (at least to the cameras) that he has a much stronger bond with Maria, so it looks like that's where this is going. He doesn't waste much time, although he does ask them both to evaluate whether they think they have a strong enough connection with him to make it to the end. Sydney says yes, but Maria says she doesn't know anymore because she thinks he questioned her character too much for her liking. But she's willing to try if he is.
No surprise here, but Joey gives the rose to Maria. He seems to appreciate her honest answer and says he's also not sure about her at this point, but wants to give them a chance to get back on the right foot.
Finally, it's cocktail time before the rose ceremony. Everyone swears they just want to move on, but it quickly becomes clear that's not the case yet.
During the party, Lea gets upset with Madina for being too nice to Maria, as Sydney is supposedly Madina's “best friend in the house”. Lea thinks it's fake, especially since the drama started with Sydney defending Madina. Lea confronts Madina, but she is no having this. She says she doesn't think she should be mean to Maria, just because of her friendship with Sydney, who is no longer there. Lea says she has a higher “standard” of friendship than that, and they agree to disagree.
But Lea decides to take the matter back to Joey. Bad idea, girlfriend. As Lea tells Joey her side of the story, Maria breaks down upon learning that Lea is mad at Madina for simply being nice to her. She says she feels like she can't win and insists she wants to go home.
Something tells me Joey won't let that happen, but we won't find out tonight! This is where the episode ends.
Fortunately, there isn't long to wait. Another two-hour episode of The Bachelor airs Tuesday at 8pm ET/PT on ABC.