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'Bachelorette' star Jillian Harris sends three more bachelors home


By Reality TV World staff, 06/09/2009 

Jillian Harris sent three more bachelors packing in her journey to find true love during last night's The Bachelorette fifth-season episode on ABC.

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David, a 27-year-old trucking contractor from Dayton, OH ; Juan, a 35-year-old general contractor from Santa Monica, CA; and Mike, a 28-year-old baseball camp owner from New York, NY, all failed to receive roses from the 29-year-old restaurant interior designer from Vancouver, BC, bringing their The Bachelorette experiences to an end.

While David and Juan were eliminated at the Rose Ceremony that took place during the episode's conclusion, Mike was eliminated as he was out on a two-on-one date with Jillian and Mark, a 26-year-old pizza entrepreneur from Denver, CO.

"If I was a betting man I would have put all the mind I had on thinking I was getting that rose tonight," Mike said after Jillian decided to give the date's only rose to Mark.  "It was such a shock for her to give Mark that rose and not me.  I just don't get it, I honestly don't get it.  I put it all out there, I thought that was the kind of guy Jillian was looking for, that's why I was so confident.  I still feel like it's not real."

The Bachelorette's fourth fifth-season episode began with the 13 remaining bachelors meeting with host Chris Harrison, who explained that Jillian would be going on three dates  -- one group date, an individual one-on-one date, and the two-on-one date -- before the next Rose Ceremony.

As usual, Jillian would be presenting a rose during the group date and the bachelor who received it would automatically be safe from elimination at the upcoming Rose Ceremony. She would also be able to present a rose during the one-on-one date, but if a bachelor failed to receive it he would be eliminated immediately.  The two-on-one date would also only feature one rose, which would mean that only one bachelor would get to survive the date.

However after detailing the dates, Chris surprised the men with the news that all three outings wouldn't be happeing in the Los Angeles area and would instead be taking place in Vancouver.

"All of you will be traveling today to Jillian's hometown of Vancouver," Chris said told the men.  "You guys will be leaving this bunkhouse forever."

After flying to Vancouver, being greeted by Jillian and settling into their new three-bedroom, three-bath suite at a downtown hotel, the men learned that Jillian's first date would be a solo date with Kiptyn.

The date began with Jillian meeting Kiptyn at a waterfront park.  Once there, they paddled a pair of kayaks to a public market, where Jillian bought groceries to cook the pair a private dinner.  After arriving at Jillian's temporary loft, the couple cooked dinner and enjoyed a night alone.  The date went well and Jillian eventually presented him with its rose, allowing him to continue in the competition.

"Tonight Kiptyn was not afraid to tell me how he felt and he wasn't afraid to show it," Jillian said afterwards.  "He was that guy that made me feel like the only woman in the world."

Meanwhile, back at the hotel, the rest of the men learned that the group date would be next date. 

David; Juan; Jesse, a 27-year-old wine maker from Carmel Valley, CA; Tanner P., a 30-year-old financial analyst from Dallas, TX; Jake, a 31-year-old commercial pilot from Dallas, TX; Robby, a 25-year-old bartender from Spring, TX; Wes, a 32-year-old musician from Austin, TX; Michael, a 25-year-old break dance instructor from Astoria, NY; Reid, a 30-year-old realtor from Philadelphia, PA; and Ed, a 29-year-old technology consultant from Chicago, IL,  would be going on the group date -- leaving Mark and Mike to face-off in the final two-on-one date.

The next day, the 10 men met Jillian at a curling club, where they spent some time learning and practicing the Winter Olympics sport.  Afterward, Jillian surprised the men by dividing them into two teams of five and having them compete in a curling game in which only the winning team would get to continue the date.

Jessie ended up powering the red team to victory, allowing Juan, David, Jake, Robby, and himself to continue with an evening date with Jillian.  All five of the men seemed to get some solo time with Jillian during the evening date, which took place on a chartered luxury yacht, however Jake and David seemed to make the most memorable impressions.

"My first impression of you is that you're so perfect," Jillian told Jake.  "One thing I want to you know is that I don't want to change everybody but I want to you know it's okay to not be perfect."

"It's okay to just be whoever you are," Jillian said after Jake disagreed that with her suggestion that he was "too perfect."

Afterward, Jake lamented the cross his perfection has forced him to carry.

"I got some things from her tonight that I didn't want to hear," he said.  "I've been labeled as being too perfect my whole life.  I hope I'm just not too perfect that I get eliminated."

Meanwhile, David seemed to make the opposite impression with Jillian.

"Really?" a surprised Jillian replied after David boasted that she'd spent the entire curling outing staring at her ass.

David then proceeded to begin commenting on Jillian's breasts, causing her to brush off his subsequent attempt to kiss her.

"I've never been turned down for a kiss before," David told Jillian after she rebuffed his attempt. "I would never have gone in for a kiss right now if I didn't feel everyone else hasn't already kissed you."

"I have not kissed 12 dudes, there was a date were we had to act kissing but those were not real kisses, I'm not that girl," Jillian replied.

Jillian appeared to do her best to recover from the awkward conversation, but it seemed to finalize her impression of David.

"When David and I are really comfortable, he gets a little too comfortable with me," Jillian said afterwards.  "I really need to feel like someone respects me a lot and there have been a few times with David where I have felt like he was disrespecting me.  I just feel like he doesn't respect me."

Meanwhile, David seemed oblivious about the issue.

"I think she is into me, I honestly just think Jillian is trying to hold back," David boasted afterwards.

In the end, Jessie ended up receiving the date's rose, with Jillian citing their "really slow start" as the reason.

The next day, Jillian went on her two-on-one date with Mark and Mike.  After meeting at a waterfront park, the threesome took a sight-seeing helicopter ride of Vancouver that ended at the top of nearby Grouse Mountain.  Once there, the threesome enjoyed a private dinner at a mountaintop restaurant.

Both men got to spend the dinner with Jillian, but Mike appeared to come across as the more aggressive suitor while Mark took a more reserved approach.  Afterward, each bachelor get to spend some solo time with Jillian.

Mike continued his direct approach during his one-on-one time.

"I will make you happy.  I will do whether it takes to take care of you, to provide for you," Mike told Jillian.

Mark used his time to attempt to explain his more reserved nature.

"I know some guys are at a certain point after a short amount of time -- [they're saying] 'Oh my god, I'm in love' and I'm like 'What? How are you in love already?'" Mark told Jillian.  "[But] that has nothing to do with you, it's more me and my internal self."

Jillian then gave her rose to Mark, eliminating Mike from the competition.

"I still feel like we're sitting at a table andI'm going to get that rose," Mike said afterwards.  "I thought we had such a connection, I was looking to bringing Jillian home to New York and meeting my family. .I guess I was wrong."

"Watching Mike go down in a gondola was the worst feeling I think I've felt in a long time, because not only [was] this person, yes, incredible, sweet and nice, but this person could have been good for me," Jillian said later.  "I think one of the hardest things I'm learning right now is I'm not going for what the cliche thing is that all the girls seem to want in a husband.  I am going for what I think I need in a partner."

The following day, Jillian met all 12 remaining bachelors for the next Rose Ceremony and the men attempted to use the pre-ceremony cocktail party to make one final impression on her.

However several of the men, including Reid and Jake, also used some of their time to make vague references that some of the men acted different when she wasn't around.

"I really like her but I'm worried that she doesn't know that Wes is her for one reason, his music," Reid said afterwards.

"There's a side of Wes that the guys see and there's another side of Wes that Jillian sees and the difference between the two is like Dr. Jekyll and Mr.. Hyde," Jake told the cameras.  "I think it's pretty clear that Wes is not here for her.  I hope that she sees the truth about Wes."

"I honestly think that Wes is the guy that she has to worry about," Tanner said.  "I mean he even told me that he's got a girl from back home that he still likes."

"I don't think he'll step up.  I don't think he'll grow a pair... he's not going to repeat when he says [to us] downstairs," Juan told several of the men as they discussed Wes as he spent some private time with Jillian.

Unable to hold his feelings in any longer, Tanner eventually used some of his private time to warn Jillian that he felt some of the men weren't on the show for the right reasons.

"There's definitely some guys that you need to know about," Tanner told Jillian.  "I don't think everybody is here for the right reasons and I feel like at this point and time you should know that some of the guys are being fake.  They're not being themselves and they're not telling you their real selves and their real lives.  I hate to break the news to you but I have honestly hear guys say 'I have got a girlfriend back at home.'"

However Tanner refused Jillian's requests that he name names, causing her to tell the men that she was calling off the rest of the cocktail party and would see them when it was time for the Rose Ceremony.

"All I can say is I hope it's not true," an upset Jillian told the cameras afterwards.  "I have no proof right now [but] I've been hearing a lot of this all night that there are guys here who are here for the wrong reasons, there's guys here with a hidden agenda, and I don't know what it is, but my conversation with Tanner was my last straw."

"I think the thing that scares me the most is if there are guys here with girlfriends, what happens if I fall in love with them and they don't fall in love with me?  I mean it's the rudest possible thing I've ever, ever known in my entire life -- I would never do that to anybody!"

After discussing the situation with her in the Rose Ceremony's deliberation room, Chris attempted to help Jillian get to the bottom of the matter.

"Alright guys, I just talked to Jillian and she's upset," Chris told the bachelors before the Rose Ceremony began.  "She's here to find the man of her dreams and feels like that man might be here in this room.  And to come here tonight and to hear that some of you guys might not be here for the right reasons -- to hear that some guys might still have a girlfriend -- you can understand why she's upset.  So let's just deal with this.  Let's get it out in the open right now.  It you have something to say, let's say it now."

However although there was much posturing, none of the men stepped forward to admit anything.  And instead wanting to find out which men were there for the wrong reasons, some of the bachelors seemed more concerned with finding out who had told Jillian some of the men might be on the show for the wrong reasons.

"Tell us who said it about who," David said.  "You got seven roses up there.  You could elimination the person who said that and is talking about all these boys behind their backs, whether it's true or not."

"Really, the most important thing is, I'm going to say, is it true?" Jillian replied.

With no one willing to speak up, Jillian took another brief break and then proceeded to give roses to Reid, Robby, Ed, Michael, Wes, Jake, and Tanner P.

"It's okay, don't worry about it... don't worry, good luck, they're good guys," Juan whispered to Jillian as he said goodbye.

"I didn't see this coming at all.  I was totally open with Jillian and we have a lot in common, you know, I really don't know," Juan said afterwards.  "I'm a very passionate guy.  I definitely believe I could have really given Jillian what she was looking for. I definitely don't have a girlfriend, I have nobody waiting for me back home.  I think this whole experience has made me more determined to find a wife, a friend forever.  For sure."

David used his goodbye to ask Jillian for an explanation.

"Why?" he whispered to her.

"Why?" she replied.

"Yeah," David said.

"I don't know, this wasn't right," Jillian whispered.

David remained confused after the conversation.

"I feel pretty wronged.  I don't know what Jillian was missing with me that she had with some of the other people," David said afterwards.  "I asked her at the end -- I looked right at her said 'Why" and she said 'I don't know.'  Okay, well I guess that's it."

"I think she made two mistakes tonight -- not telling us who said what and letting me go," he added.  "If Juan or somebody said something about me or tried to throw me under the bus and that's the reason I got kicked off that's a shame.  I don't think I did anything wrong, I was myself.  Jillian definitely, definitely made a mistake. What the f--k man?"

(Photo credit ABC)


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