'The Bachelorette' star Desiree Hartsock cuts two suitors and sees one quit
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 06/25/2013
The Bachelorette star Desiree Hartsock eliminated two bachelors and saw another one quit during last night's broadcast of the ABC reality dating series' ninth season.
Bryden Vukasin, a 26-year-old Iraqi War veteran from Missoula, MT, decided to remove himself from the running because his feelings for Des were stagnant; Mikey Tenerelli, a 30-year-old plumbing contractor from Winfield, IL, was traditionally sent home during the fifth episode's Rose Ceremony. In addition, Ben Scott, a 28-year-old entrepreneur from Dallas, TX, was ousted during his two-on-one date with Desiree and fellow bachelor Michael Garofola, a 33-year-old federal prosecutor from Miami Beach, FL.
"To hell with him for what he said. F-ck this. That was a poor decision. She made the wrong decision. God, to give the rose to someone who talks so much sh-t about somebody! I'm not going to sit here and look unhappy -- I'm not. She picked somebody who treated somebody like sh-t. I really don't think it's going to take long for her to realize she made the wrong decision. That really surprised me. Tonight will go down in history as the worst date of my life," Ben said following his ouster.
"The fact that Michael made it farther than me, wow! The guys in the house are going to be happy. So what if I didn't open up to the guys in the house! Does that make me a poor choice for a husband? Not at all. Tonight was a shock to me. You guys better be careful on who makes it in. You're going to have a Bachelor. You guys missed out on the single dad from Texas! Hi, Hollywood. I'm going to have fun... It's my last night here. Where are we getting drunk? Let's have some fun tonight. How long do I have to wait until I can be seen in public with somebody? Because I don't want to wait."
The Bachelorette's fifth ninth-season episode began with the 11 remaining bachelors traveling to Munich, Germany for the week of dates with Desiree.
Once they arrived and got settled in their hotel suite, host Chris Harrison met up with the men and told them there would be a one-on-one date, a group date and a two-on-one date over the course of the next week. There would be a rose up for grabs during each date -- and if the bachelors on the one-on-one and two-on-one dates failed to receive a rose, they would be ousted immediately.
Chris Siegfried, a 27-year-old mortgage broker from Seattle, WA, then was told he'd be accompanying Des on the week's only one-on-one date.
For their outing, the couple explored the city of Munich, as it was both Desiree and Chris' first trip to Europe.
Meanwhile, Bryden said the longer he was competing on the show, the worse he felt, and his feelings weren't progressing to where they needed to be. He explained there was a "bandaid over a deeper wound" that never healed. Bryden then told James Case, a 27-year-old advertising executive from Chicago, IL, that he wanted to go home and hoped to share that news with Desiree as soon as possible. Bryden thought Des would appreciate the fact he was doing it sooner rather than later.
Back on Des' date with Chris, the pair looked like the ultimate tourists with their maps and such. Des was having a lot of fun on their date, saying Chris was goofy and funny and she felt very comfortable with him. Bryden then went looking for Des in the streets, asking everyone if they had seen cameras come by. Bryden didn't want to ruin her date with Chris but felt it was necessary to tell her immediately, and he hoped she wasn't going to be too disappointed.
Bryden eventually found Des dancing in the street to folk music with Chris. Chris was confused and hated he had to share his alone time. Bryden then told Des that she was a fantastic person and he loved meeting her and hanging out. While he considered her a friend, Bryden expressed how he wasn't 100% sure she was the girl for him. Therefore, he noted he wanted to go home, and Desiree said she was bummed out he stayed if he had known how he felt prior to that moment.
"I think I'm doing the right thing and leaving when I should. At the end of the day, it's like obviously she's progressing at a way faster rate than I am, and I still think I made the right decision," Bryden said following his ouster.
"I knew this was a possibility from our conversation in Atlantic City, but it does make me question the guys that I really do like and want a relationship with. I wonder if they're going to be here for me or if they're just going to decide one day to pack up and leave, and it hurts," Desiree explained.
Des didn't want to talk about the situation with Chris, and while she tried to put it behind her and have fun, Chris could tell she was hurting. Des was mainly upset with Bryden's timing. The couple then talked about the incident at lunch and Chris wanted Des to know she could trust him and he was there for the long haul. Des thanked and kissed him and felt confident with what they had. She knew there were men there that were true and honest to her.
Around the same time, the other bachelors received their next date card, which indicated whom would share the group date and therefore which two remaining suitors would be left to endure the two-on-one date.
Brooks Forester, a 28-year-old marketing consultant from Salt Lake City, UT; Zak Waddell, a 31-year-old drilling fluid engineer from Mico, TX; Kasey Stewart, a 29-year-old advertising executive from San Luis Obispo, CA; Drew Kenney, a 27-year-old digital marketing analyst from Scottsdale, AZ; Juan Pablo Galavis, a 31-year-old former pro soccer player from Miami, FL; Mikey; and James learned they'd be sharing the group date. That left Michael G. Michael G. and Ben discovered they'd be competing for Des on the two-on-one date.
Ben believed he had a stronger connection with Des than what she had with Michael. And Michael said the situation was a nightmare, a two-on-one with a guy he found "repulsive." Michael told the cameras it was the "worst possible scenario" but he planned to convict Ben as a fraud and "murder" him with all the evidence posed against him.
Back on Des' date, The Bachelorette star enjoyed a romantic dinner with Chris in a palace. She said they didn't need to force anything and thought Chris was sincere and genuine. Chris told Des he was looking for a serious relationship and to settle down and start a family, while Des said she was looking for a man who could be expressive and communicate his thoughts to her as to not promote any insecurities.
Chris then read Des a poem he had written on the flight to Germany, and she cried at his kind words. The couple kissed and Chris noted to the cameras that Des was intelligent, could throw a football, and was comical and witty. Des then offered him the date's rose, saying he had shown her what a true man was like and she couldn't have asked for a better date to bring her back to her high spirits. He gladly accepted and explained their kisses were passionate and romantic.
The night continued with Matt White serenading the couple on piano. Des told the cameras she could trust Chris with her heart and he was everything she wanted in a husband.
"I am slowly but surely falling in love with Des, and I think it's mutual. She doesn't have to say it. She can say it through her kisses, she can say it through her eyes, I know it's happening. This is real and this is happening," Chris explained.
The next day, Des went on her group date with the men. They traveled in a gondola up the snowy mountains, and Des said it was like a dream. Once off the gondola, the guys were greeted by a yodeler and attempted to sing a similar tune. The group then went sledding down the slopes, threw snowballs and horsed around.
Meanwhile, Michael G. and Ben received the last date card of the week, confirming their two-on-one date. Michael had every intention to expose Ben.
On the group date, the guys and Desiree stepped into an igloo, which they referred to as an ice castle or mansion rather. Des told the men if any of them were having second thoughts about her to take themselves out of the competition and not waste her time. None of the guys took advantage of the opportunity to leave, and then Brooks pulled Des aside first for some alone time.
Brooks told Des that he tried to soak up the whole day as to not take a wonderful experience for granted. Mikey then spent some time with Des and they began making their own little snowman family. Des seemed worried that Mikey would want to stay in Chicago because he was so close with his family, but while he said that would be ideal for him, love was all about compromise and he'd be willing to work something out for a special woman.
Zak appeared out of nowhere and began yodeling in the distance as a ploy to get Des' attention. Mikey gave up and then Zak told Des he almost became a priest 10 years ago but went on a search for the love of his life instead. After speaking with Des, he told the cameras he thought he found that love on The Bachelorette.
Meanwhile, James was talking to the guys about how he wanted a one-on-one date or no date at all.
"At this point, James is a player. You can see how his personality changed once he started to feel like he was getting through to her. He started to become a lot more confident. It's obviously that James feels he's going to be here until the end. You can see this stuff and how into him she is -- she likes him. It's just, I don't understand it," Drew said.
"I think if James was himself on the group dates, I don't think Desiree would respond as positively as she does. He's one way around her and another way with the guys. With us, he can be very cutting and short with people and vulgar, and with Desiree, he's very nice and caring and charming. It's very difficult for Des to see all of whom James is," Brooks explained. "It's getting harder and harder. It's quite uncomfortable to watch a girl you are interested in interact with someone like James."
However, James told the cameras he was falling in love with Desiree and they had a special connection.
Des then gave the date's rose to Brooks because he could always make her laugh, and she said he brought out the best in her during emotional times. Brooks was surprised to get the rose but felt validation their relationship was going well. James couldn't believe the gesture, however, saying he and Brooks were two polar-opposite people in that Brooks was happy-go-lucky and James described himself as being more serious.
James noted he didn't care he didn't receive the rose because he felt confident in what he had with Desiree. He said no one was a threat to him; He could only be a threat to himself.
The following day, Des embarked on her two-on-one date with Ben and Michael. Ben planned to be polite but just act like Michael was observing his date with Des. Michael planned to take a different approach, saying Ben was a fraud who tried to portray himself as a southern gentleman. Michael explained to cameras that Ben ran his mouth about the show bringing exposure to his business while he allegedly never spoke of his son since Day 1. Michael hoped to get some truths out of Ben.
"Today, Ben will be found guilty of fraud and impersonation of a southern gentleman. So I'm ready to go. I'm ready to send this assh-le home," Michael said.
In Tegernsee, Des completely anticipated an awkward two-on-one date but looked forward to spending more time with both men and seeing their interactions with one another. Des could feel the tension between them and knew Michael wasn't Ben's biggest fan.
On their date, Des tricked the guys into thinking they were going to take the "polar bear plunge" because she never got to do it in Canada during Sean Lowe's season. Ben and Michael weren't thrilled but were ready to jump in for Des, but then The Bachelorette star admitted she was joking. The threesome then sat in a hottug -- a wood-fired hottub you could navigate through water like a boat.
While in the hottug, Michael began pressing Ben with controversial questions. He asked Ben whether he had spoken to his son and what happened with his ex-girlfriend who is the mother, and Michael was sickened by Ben's alleged great father act. Des knew Michael was pushing Ben's buttons and she felt uncomfortable. During the date, Ben tried to be civil and behave as a Christian man would, but he wasn't sure how much more he could take.
Meanwhile, Drew realized James wasn't there for the right reasons. James allegedly talked about how becoming famous on the show would help him run Chicago and he could introduce some of the guys to "tall, good looking women who have a lot of money."
James also allegedly said he could take Mikey's boat out and pick up girls, and if he placed in the Top 4 this season, he had a good shot at becoming the next The Bachelor star. Drew shared with some of the guys that he and Kasey agreed James was using The Bachelorette as a stepping stone to where he'd like to end up in his life. Drew planned to tell Des what Kasey and himself had overheard, and the guys worried Des might give up on her whole journey once discovering James' motives.
Back on the two-on-one date, at dinner, Michael announced Ben wasn't getting along with the guys and he wanted to know why. Ben said he got along with some of the guys in the house but he was there for Des -- not to make friends. Des said making sure the guys got along with one another shouldn't be their main focus.
Ben then attempted to tell Des a little bit about himself, saying he planned on taking his family to church every Sunday because that's how he was raised. But Michael quickly called Ben out for not attending mass on Easter Sunday or even talking to his son on that holiday.
A furious Ben then excused himself from the table for a few moments. Ben told the cameras he was ready for the night to be over, and Des told Michael he didn't need to do that there. Michael explained to Desiree he was just trying to show her Ben's true colors, that Ben was a different man than how he was portraying himself.
"He's crossed the line with me. He's making statements in order to make me look stupid and make it look like I'm lying to her and to make her not trust me, and that's something that I'm not okay with. I'm done trying to be his friend. I'm done being nice," Ben said outside.
Michael didn't want Des to think he was a jerk, but the situation definitely made The Bachelorette star feel like she was in the middle and she began thinking maybe both men had qualities she didn't want in a husband. In fact, Des told the cameras she was considering letting both of them go. Michael believed he had messed it all up by making Ben his focus of the date, mentioning his plan had probably backfired on him.
Des then also excused herself from the table to check on Ben outside, who told her that he couldn't handle repeatedly getting hit. Ben said his faith and fatherhood had never been questioned before and it was upsetting because he just wanted to spend time with Des. Des told the cameras the fact he was an outcast amongst the guys said something, but at the same time, he was sweet to her. She figured that Ben had the right intentions but just didn't know how to go about things.
Ben insisted to Des he wanted to continue competing for her and felt very strongly for her. Afterward, Des asked Michael to express to her privately why he was so passionate about calling Ben out and what it was about Ben she allegedly wasn't seeing.
Michael was excited to get a second chance and turn things around. He then reiterated disconcerting comments Ben had made about his business and seeking publicity and how he condescended the guys in the house. Michael explained he felt strongly for Des and would feel terrible had he not exposed Ben to her. Michael was petrified he wasn't going to get the rose and a guy like Ben might remain in the picture.
After careful consideration, Des decided to give the rose to the person she could see a potential future with -- Michael. Des apologized to Ben and wanted to walk him out but he said he was fine and left on his own.
Michael noted Des couldn't trust Ben and it was amazing to have the rose, as justice had been served. Ben told Des she didn't necessarily make the right decision but she deserved happiness.
The next night, Des sat down with Chris Harrison and told him that she was falling for the guys. Although she wouldn't reveal who the best kisser was, she noted she liked kissing Brooks for sentimental, emotional reasons and kissing Zak out of a pure physical connection. Des then told the host she had made her decision about whom to eliminate and therefore 100% didn't need a cocktail party. She didn't feel the need to put the guys through a party when she had her mind made up.
Meanwhile, Kasey and Drew intended to share their news about James with Des but wouldn't get the opportunity due to Des' choice to forego the cocktail party. Drew said he felt sick and terrible with how James would still remain in the running although he was "a cancer." Drew said Des had no idea what James' true character was like.
Besides Chris, Brooks and Michael, Des gave roses to Zak, Kasey, Juan Pablo, Drew, and James. Mikey was therefore eliminated.
"James is an immature, shallow, materialistic, self-serving piece of sh-t," Drew said once he got the rose over Mikey.
"I'm definitely surprised. It doesn't make sense to me. I just don't understand why she didn't want to get to know me more. It's not easy to swallow. I just think that I have a lot to offer and I thought that there was a connection there," Mikey said following his ouster.
"I think she missed out on a guy like me that is a genuine guy that has been raised the right way and that would've treated her great and that we could have a great life together of love and happiness and family. And I think Des is going to regret it. She's never going to know the person she missed out on. If she's going to find that with one of the other guys, I don't know. She just has eight other guys to figure out at this point and I'm not one of them."