'The Bachelor' star Juan Pablo Galavis cuts Elise Mosca and Lauren Solomon
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/28/2014
The Bachelor star Juan Pablo Galavis cut two more bachelorettes during Monday night's fourth episode of the ABC reality dating series' eighteenth season.
Elise Mosca, a 27-year-old first grade teacher from Forty Fort, PA, and Lauren Solomon, a 26-year-old music composer from Austin, TX, were ousted traditionally by Juan Pablo during the season's fourth Rose Ceremony.
"I'm bummed. It's super disappointing, sucks. I was definitely ready and I really wanted it to be him but it's just not. What could another girl have that I didn't? I'm ready to have a family unlike some of the other girls in there. This is messed up. But you know what? My mom didn't want me to be around such negative, ugly people. I'm talking ugly -- not outside, but in. Ugh, who knows what's in store now?" Elise said following her ouster.
"I'm definitely hurt. I really was looking for the person I want to spend my life with, and I thought he'd be it. I feel like I'm ready for love, you know, I want to find it. And I definitely wish I didn't do what I did the other night. I kind of went in for a kiss to see if he had any feelings toward me, and it was very foolish. Why did I do that? What I did the other night was so f-cking stupid. I make so many mistakes," Lauren said in tears after she was denied a rose.
The Bachelor's fourth eighteenth-season episode began with Juan Pablo leaving his four-year-old daughter Camila with his parents to travel to Seoul, South Korea for a week of dates with his 13 remaining bachelorettes.
Host Chris Harrison explained there would be two group dates and a single one-on-one date over the course of the week. If the girl on the one-on-one date failed to receive a rose, she'd be automatically eliminated.
Once the bachelorettes got settled in their hotel suite, the following girls learned they'd be sharing the first group date with Juan Pablo in Seoul: Elise; Chelsie Webster, a 24-year-old science educator from Columbus, OH; Cassandra Ferguson, a 21-year-old former NBA dancer from Rochester Hills, MI; Danielle Ronco, a 25-year-old psychiatric nurse from St. Louis, MO; Kat Hurd, a 29-year-old medical sales representative from Scottsdale, AZ; and Nikki Ferrell, a 26-year-old pediatric nurse from Kansas City, MO.
"I'm halfway around the world and I'm going to be spending the day tomorrow with five other girls who are quite annoying. It's frustrating and it sucks. The date card says 'pop' and my head's going to explode," Nikki said.
For the group date, the girls learned a little bit about "K-Pop," electronic pop music, and danced with South Korea's famous group 21. During rehearsals, the girls showed off their moves one by one.
"Dancing is the best way to win Juan Pablo's heart," The Bachelor star said.
Kat was a great dancer and Nikki was a self-described "terrible" dancer. They learned a choreographed routine and Kat pretty much thought she had it in the bag since she was trained. Nikki was annoyed and didn't want to be embarrassed in front of everyone. The bachelorettes were then told they must dance onstage with 21 for their performance that night in front of thousands of people.
"This is my worst nightmare," Nikki said. "I kind of want to crap my pants. I hope that we're performing for the South Korean School of the Blind. I just can't do this."
Nikki was terrified and didn't think she could do it.
That night at the concert, Chelsie noticed Kat was trying to show off and be the star of the show. She didn't think Juan Pablo would want someone who was so focused on being the center of attention all the time.
Afterward, the group relaxed together and Juan Pablo got to spend some alone time with each girl. Kat wanted Juan Pablo to know she wasn't just the fun girl with great dance moves -- she had depth and a story to tell of her own.
Nikki told the cameras, "You can't get what you want by being fake," and because Kat was "so on all the time, there's no way that's real."
Kat shared with Juan Pablo how her father was a severe alcoholic and her parents divorced when she was six-years-old. She said her mother did everything for her family growing up but she still always had to be the "strong, successful, independent one," so it was a new experience for her to open up and be vulnerable.
Danielle called Nikki "a negative person" and said she wouldn't be a good role model for Camila.
Nikki then spoke with Juan Pablo and told him that she wanted to open up badly but often closed herself down and got shy. She found herself "shrinking down," and the Bachelor told her to just be herself. Nikki said she'd love to meet Camila because she really loves kids and works with them every day as a pediatric nurse. She said being a stepmother was something she could definitely take on.
After talking to Juan Pablo, Nikki told the cameras she "wants a real relationship with him."
Meanwhile, the girls at the hotel discovered Sharleen Joynt, a 29-year-old opera singer from Heidelberg, Germany, would get the one-on-one date for the week. Sharleen immediately became nervous. She knew she was interested in Juan Pablo but curious to find out more. Clare Crawley, a 32-year-old hairstylist from Sacramento, CA, thought Sharleen didn't have chemistry with Juan Pablo and they wouldn't be right together.
Back on the group date, Juan Pablo pulled Nikki aside and offered her the one available rose. She noted she could see herself falling in love with the Bachelor.
"Ugh, yuck. There's no way that I would ever have Nikki around my child because of her negativity," Elise said.
Kat was frustrated she didn't get the rose because she really put herself out there.
The next day, Sharleen needed to figure out if she truly had a connection with Juan Pablo and wanted to be with him. The couple explored the streets of Seoul, including markets and shops. Chelsie said Sharleen had mentioned in the house before how she believes Juan Pablo is dull and they had boring conversation.
During her one-on-one date, Sharleen told Juan Pablo he was "cheeky" and that made him "not bland." He apparently surpassed her expectations with how curious, fun and open minded he was about other cultures and lifestyles. She said conversation flowed naturally and was effortless.
Sharleen then sang opera for Juan Pablo in an open empty courtyard. She opened up "way more" than she thought she would, and then the pair kissed.
Sharleen told the cameras that after doing sufficient research, she found Juan Pablo to be a good kisser and there was a shot they could fall in love. She liked him a lot. Sharleen saw potential in him and felt chemistry with him, so her skepticism was beginning to fade. Juan Pablo called her special and thought they had a lot in common.
Sharleen then admitted to the Bachelor how she felt about children. Juan Pablo said it's not easy to be with someone who has a child and asked how many kids she wants in the future. Sharleen worried that telling him the truth would be a deal-breaker. She then opened up about how having kids was never anything she even thought about. She had been so career focused that even her relationships became a second priority.
Sharleen explained she had dated someone with a child before and couldn't handle it because she knew she'd never have that "first" with the man.
With a rose in hand, Juan Pablo listed traits he loved about Sharleen -- how she was different, classy, etc -- and said he really appreciated her honesty. He then offered her the date's rose despite her hesitancy to have children. Juan Pablo said he still felt "fantastic" about her.
"Fortunately, she knows I'm a dad and I have a daughter, so if she's here and taking the time off from her career, it's because she wants to find somebody and have a family. She's the type of girl that I could see at the end, who knows, maybe she could be the one. She might be my soul mate," Juan Pablo told the cameras.
The next day, the six women whom had yet to go on a date embarked on the next group date with Juan Pablo. The girls were Clare; Lauren; Andi Dorfman, a 26-year-old federal prosecutor from Atlanta, GA; Renee Oteri, a 32-year-old real estate agent from Sarasota, FL; Kelly Travis, a 27-year-old dog lover from Atlanta, GA; and Alli Restko, a 26-year-old nanny from Chicago, IL.
The group sang some karaoke and Andi noted her singing was worse than her dancing -- if that was even possible. The girls wandered the streets with Juan Pablo and seemed to genuinely have a good time together. Clare wished she could have Juan Pablo all to herself and still felt she was fading into the background.
Andi could sense Clare was trying to "monopolize" Juan Pablo's time and was "territorial over [him]. She was trying and getting noticed... She's going to jump in and do what it takes to get time with her man."
Clare had a fear of eating strange foods but the group convinced her to try octopus -- a very small bite that is.
"I know you've swallowed bigger things than that," Kelly joked.
That night, Renee was the first girl to get Juan Pablo alone to chat. She said it was hard being away from her son Ben but things were getting easier. She noted she wanted to give the process an honest shot even if it meant heartbreak, because she didn't want to feel any regret or wonder what could have been.
Renee really wanted to kiss Juan Pablo, and he told the cameras he felt the urge to as well, but the Bachelor started thinking about Camila and the example he was setting for her. Juan Pablo had already kissed six girls, so he felt it was time to lay off physical activity for a bit. The pair therefore agreed they weren't in a rush, and Renee respected wanting to take things slow although she admitted it was "torture" not to kiss him.
Juan Pablo then lied with Andi on the roof of a building and said she got his sense of humor. They both seemed very sarcastic.
"Andi is just perfect," Juan Pablo said.
The Bachelor wanted to kiss her badly but had already promised himself he wouldn't. Similar to Renee, Lauren was hoping to kiss Juan Pablo for the first time. She felt an attraction to him and then went in for a kiss when they were alone. Juan Pablo rejected her advance, apologizing and explaining his situation with Camila. Juan Pablo asked her not to feel bad.
"He said, 'I have a daughter and I want to be respectful,' and I totally understand that. But I know he's kissed other girls in the house, and so it makes me feel like he isn't interested," Lauren said in a confessional.
"I can't believe I'm crying. I just care about him ending up with somebody who's good for him and what he's looking for. And I'm looking for the same things. It's just like hard not to -- I don't really know what he's feeling right now."
Although she tried to conceal her tears from Juan Pablo, he discovered she was crying and wanted to talk to her. Lauren told him that she knew he had kissed other girls so it upset her. Juan Pablo felt horrible for making her cry, and she admittedly felt like "an idiot," acknowledging she was on the show for the right reasons. Lauren tried to stay optimistic but feared she had blown it with the Bachelor.
Meanwhile, some of the bachelorettes were picking up on Clare's possessiveness over Juan Pablo. Kelly noted the behavior is okay as long as "you're a dog."
Clare then went off with Juan Pablo to talk. She wanted to get to know him on a deeper level since most of what they had been doing was making out. Juan Pablo respected that but was clearly very attracted to her. Despite his promise not to kiss any girls that night, he couldn't help himself around Clare.
"Like I said, I wasn't going to kiss anybody, but she is sexy. She's hot -- her teeth, her lips. I'm helpless, yeah, I don't even know what to do," Juan Pablo told the cameras.
He then kissed Clare, and she felt like it was her night, like they had picked up right where they left off.
Juan Pablo then gave the group date's rose to Andi. She gladly accepted and felt amazing. She had reassurance in their connection.
"This could be the real deal," Andi said with a rose in hand.
Later on, the cocktail reception commenced. Sharleen said the girls had agreed if you received a rose already, you'd afford all the other girls time with Juan Pablo. She wondered who would uphold their word, and Nikki was the first to break the agreement. She soon interrupted Clare's conversation with the Bachelor, and Clare was not happy at all.
Afterward, Juan Pablo sat down with Nikki and hinted that he knew some drama was happening in the house. Nikki immediately linked the comment to the fact he had just been talking with Clare. Nikki didn't know if she was over-thinking the situation or not, but she still confronted Clare about it. Clare insisted she had said nothing about the other girls, as she didn't want to waste her alone time with Juan Pablo talking about other women.
Clare then told Nikki she was being one way around the girls and another way around Juan Pablo. Clare said she was rubbing the girls the wrong way, and Nikki told the cameras was sick of it and thought Clare was threatened by her. Clare explained that if Nikki was actually herself around Juan, it wouldn't warrant a rose, and Nikki was clearly offended.
The Bachelor's fourth eighteenth-season Rose Ceremony then commenced. Nikki, Sharleen and Andi already had a rose in their hands.
Juan Pablo then handed out additional roses to Renee, Chelsie, Kelly, Danielle, Cassandra, Allison, Clare, and Kat.