'Bachelor' star Brad Womack cuts Britt Billmaier and Michelle Money
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/15/2011
The Bachelor star Brad Womack eliminated two bachelorettes and narrowed his love search to four women during last night's broadcast of the ABC reality dating series' fifteenth season.
Britt Billmaier, a 25-year-old food writer from Woodinville, WA, was eliminated on her one-on-one date with Brad, while Michelle Money, a 30-year-old hairstylist from Salt Lake City, UT, was eliminated during the seventh episode's Rose Ceremony.
"This one-on-one date has been such a long time coming. I've been so hopeful that this date would be the one that would lead to Brad and I falling in love but it didn't... Brad has everything that I've ever wanted in a guy. I certainly would have loved to bring him home to meet my family. Maybe if I had done something different things would have been different for Brad and I," Britt said following her ouster.
The Bachelor's seventh fifteenth-season episode began with Brad and the remaining six bachelorettes traveling to Anguilla, where they had previously learned they would be spending the week. Once they all arrived at the Cuisin Art Resort and Spa, the women met with The Bachelor host Chris Harrison and discovered who would be accompanying Brad on the week's dates.
Chris explained there would be four dates, including three one-on-one dates and one group date. The bachelorettes learned there would be no roses handed out on the one-on-one dates, but there would be one rose up for grabs during the group date. The woman to receive the rose would be safe at the subsequent Rose Ceremony and would be one of the four women Brad would be taking on the following week's hometown dates to meet their families.
Emily Maynard, a 24-year-old children's hospital event planner from Charlotte, NC, then discovered she would be getting the first one-on-one date in Aguilla.
Brad then picked up Emily for their date and noted that he was worried he didn't deserve to be with her and she made him very nervous all the time. They got picked up in a helicopter and Brad explained how he wanted to take their relationship to a whole new level. They then flew to their own little sandbar island in the middle of the Caribbean.
Emily and Brad then both admitted to each other they get nervous in one another's company.
"I know that the only way that I'm ever going to fall in love is if I completely have no guard and completely open up but that's like really scary for me," Emily told Brad.
As much as Brad said he felt anxious when he was with Emily, he confessed to her how strongly he truly felt for her.
"I don't want to fail here. Em, I care for you so much and I take things slowly because I care so much about you... I love very slowly, and trust me, it's not for lack of interest. I care more for you than I should probably say right now," Brad told Emily.
The couple then kissed on the beach during their conversation and watched the sunset.
Back at the villa, Shawntel Newton, a 25-year-old funeral director from Chico, CA, learned she would get the next one-on-one date with Brad. This decision left Britt very upset because she had yet to spend much alone time with Brad and was still being denied their first one-on-one date together.
Brad and Emily shared dinner on the beach and had a discussion regarding how Emily has missed Ricky and was hesitant at the thought of allowing Brad to meet her daughter. Emily said she needed a little more from and with Brad before she could allow the meeting and expressed how worried she was thinking about how to go about the hometown situation.
"I've thought about it a million times and I've had anxiety over it. When I told you I worry about stuff, these are the things I worry about. I am overprotective, and I've really never introduced her to anyone I've dated. For Ricky, it's different because I never want to confuse her in any way... It's a really hard situation. I don't know what to do," Emily explained.
Emily then continued to tell Brad she would love nothing more than to bring him home, but was scared and understood that Brad wouldn't be able to propose if he hadn't met her child. It was at that moment Brad chose to ease her fears and break a few rules.
"I'll tell you this. Whatever's happening between you and I, I really like it. So, I'll tell you right now, and I shouldn't tell you, but I don't care. I'll break the rules; I really don't care. The next Rose Ceremony, I'm giving you a rose. I should never say this. I'm giving you a rose, period," Brad told Emily.
"Today has been phenomenal. Every single second I spend with you is phenomenal. Don't worry about it, because I see the stress and I don't want you to worry about it all week... I care a lot about you and I want you to know it."
They shared a kiss and Brad admitted he was falling for Emily.
The following day, Brad picked up Shawntel for their date and they rode bikes around town in the "everyday environment" of Anguilla. The couple went to a farmer's market and Shawntel raved about how it was her idea of the perfect date, but Brad had no idea it would be. Brad then noted how he loved Shawntel's confidence as they played games, laughed and let loose.
"I was glad that I got to see Brad at a date where we're interacting with other people... I love how open and friendly he is. I just think he's all around the perfect guy, and I was like, 'This is a man that I would love to marry,' and I just need to tell him how I'm feeling," Shawntel told Brad.
They then shared a picnic and Brad told her how he liked how he felt when he was with her, and Shawntel told him in return that she was having an amazing time.
"I've only told two guys in my life that I loved them, and there's been no doubt in my mind at all. I'm definitely falling in love with you... and I know it's a good thing but I also know it's scary too because there's five other beautiful girls that are feeling the same way. It's just hard," Shawntel told Brad.
Brad said he and Shawntel needed to connect on a deeper level because he had to compare her date to the incredible time he seemingly had with Emily the day before. That night, Shawntel told Brad she sincerely wanted him to meet her family and Brad opened up more about his past involving his parents' divorce. Brad confessed how happy he was that he could talk about his past with Shawntel, something he normally couldn't do even with his own brothers.
The couple then had drinks at the Dune Preserve restaurant and bar and it started raining, setting the mood for them to share a kiss.
"It starts pouring and we start kissing and I was just like, 'How do you not fall in love here?!' It's beautiful, and I'm with someone that is amazing. This is the most romantic time of my life," Shawntel said.
But the date wasn't over yet and Brad had another surprise waiting for Shawntel.
They got to enjoy a concert with Bankie Banks, one of the most famous singers in Anguilla, and Shawntel told Brad she was so lucky to share the experience with him and that it felt "so right."
Meanwhile, back at the bachelorettes' villa, Britt discovered she would finally get her one-on-one date with Brad and that they were going to set sail on the ocean.
Brad and Shawntel's date was then coming to a close, and Brad said it felt so natural being with her. They went swimming in the ocean after the concert and kissed.
The next day, Brad picked up Britt for their first one-on-one date, and Brad admitted in a confessional that she was behind the other women in terms of the connections and relationships he has developed, so in turn, their date would be "make or break" for the two of them. Britt then learned they'd be going on a yacht together and the other girls were very jealous watching the boat arrive from a distance.
Michelle specifically found Brad's special day with Britt a waste of a perfectly good one-on-one date.
"When we walked down to the beach and saw the yacht, it was like, 'Truly, you're going to use the yacht for Britt?' It seems like a waste of a one-on-one if you ask me," Michelle said. "Britt and Brad, although it sounds really cute, not only do I not see them getting married, I don't know if I even see them "friending" each other on Facebook."
Brad then brought Britt to Little Bay and she learned they would be going cliff jumping. Britt said she was terrified and was very cautious before she jumped, but she wanted to do it for Brad and followed through with it, which made Brad very proud.
Back at the resort, the bachelorettes learned who would be accompanying Brad on the group date. Ashley Hebert, a 26-year-old dentist from Philadelphia, PA; Chantal O'Brien, a 28-year-old executive assistant from Seattle, WA; and Michelle discovered it was them.
Britt and Brad then shared a conversation on the beach at Little Bay.
"I feel like I definitely learned a lot about Brad so far today. He is definitely a man that I can see myself with, but I haven't really took the time of putting myself out there, because I'm very afraid of rejection," Britt said.
Brad asked Britt a few questions, which made Britt tell Brad that was never very good at showing emotion and always had trouble showing her feelings.
"When Britt and I were sitting on Little Bay, we were asking all the right questions. We were having a great conversation, no doubt about it, but I was looking around and we're in the most romantic setting in the entire world and I don't have that urge to just grab her and kiss her," Brad explained in a confessional.
Brad started to worry if he could picture having a future with Britt and realized he needed a romantic connection with her that night to prove if it was possible. They later had dinner outside and made small talk, but Brad recognized he couldn't find the romantic spark with her.
"I'm really disappointed to say there's just no romance between Britt and I. There's just not," Brad said. "It's one of those things I can't force something to happen between us, and that's tough. She's such a sweet woman. It's just not there."
Brad then told Britt he thought the world of her but there was no chemistry between them, although they had great conversations and had fun together. Brad didn't want to keep her around when he knew how he really felt, knowing it wouldn't work between them.
"I don't know if we have those feelings for each other. I didn't bring a rose with me on today's date, but I think enough of you to tell you right now that I have to tell I don't see a future with you and I," Brad told Britt.
Britt then wished they had more time to develop a better connection, but Brad said he didn't want to string her along and out her through the Rose Ceremony when he knew they weren't meant to be together.
"Everything I know about you I think is wonderful, and I certainly wouldn't give it up so fast. I want to keep going out with you to keep discovering if there's something there. I think that more time might bring us to that point," Britt requested.
But Brad was set in his feelings and decided to tell her goodbye.
Britt returned to the villa and the women were surprised when she told them she had to pack her bags, but Britt just explained it apparently wasn't there for them.
Later on in the middle of the night, Brad woke up Michelle, Ashley and Chantal from their sleep and told the women it was time to get up and go to their group date. Brad mentioned the date was going to be something millions of women dream about.
The three bachelorettes and Brad then met MJ Day and learned they would be participating in a photoshoot spread for Sports Illustrated magazine.
Chantal said she was going to have trouble acting sexy when she didn't feel sexy, while Ashley was a little self conscious about her body. However, both women decided to pose with their tops off one after the other, and Brad began to get nervous because the women were acting very competitive with each other.
Michelle then told Brad she wanted to model with him and wouldn't be persuaded to take part of her suit off. Michelle and Brad then had an intense and long makeout session in the sand.
"On a scale from 1-10 of how hot my photo was with Brad today, it was at least a 15. If everyone would have walked away, it would have gotten a little crazy in Anguilla," Michelle said.
Brad then blamed himself for the group date not going well and for getting caught up in the moment with Michelle. He wanted to make everything better for the other women but felt the damage was already done. He added that he liked Michelle's aggressive nature, but took it a little to far.
Ashley then asked Brad why she was even still there because she lacked the sexual chemistry she saw him have with Michelle, but Brad reassured her he truly liked her and didn't want her to feel like she could just be sent home and then so easily get over it and move on. Ashley was again putting her walls up.
Afterward, Chantal had some alone time with Brad and they discussed how she loved him and that "it would be the worst decision of her life if she ignored those feelings" for him.
Brad then shared some time with Michelle but told her he was scared that they were too much alike.
"I see a very strong almost volatile woman. I wonder if you and I would go round and round, because you're stubborn and so am I, and a lot me likes it, but a lot of it scares me a little bit," Brad told Michelle.
Michelle said she would own up to her mistakes and then admitted she was wrong, but she told him she wanted to be there and wanted to continue progressing with him in their relationship.
Chantal and Ashley agreed Brad got a little cold during the whole group date and Chantal started worrying Brad shut down and was totally closed off. Therefore, she asked him if he was okay, and Brad said he just found it difficult to show emotion because he knew how he felt and was reserved about what he said and did out of respect for each woman's situation.
Ashley then got very upset and said she didn't want to go home yet when Brad pulled her aside, worrying her that she may have ruined things with him because she kept "retracting" from him.
But Brad chose to give the group date's rose to Ashley and he said there was no doubt in his mind.
"I care about you more than I can say. I want to meet your family, so will you allow me to meet your family? Well Ash, will you accept this rose? Trust in what we have, please," Brad requested of Ashley.
While Ashley was obviously thrilled with Brad's choice, Chantal started to cry and Michelle simply seemed pissed off at him. Chantal then told Brad that if he can't choose her over two other girls, then just to send her home. Brad said it was a matter of timing and that he gave out roses for different reasons than she may have done if it was her.
Before the Rose Ceremony and expected cocktail party, Brad spoke with Chris and asked to break the rules again by skipping the party completely because he already knew who he was going to send home and had thought about it all day. Chris respected Brad's decision and informed the bachelorettes of the change of plans.