"The Master Card" -
This is the interesting part of the Bachelor. Usually in
the series, we learn more about the people that Byron
doesn't choose - and we learn more about Byron. We'll
see if we get to see if we like what we learn.
The women are told that each of them will have separate
dates with the women. They are all given cards as
invites to their fantasy suites - however, it's the
ladies that decide if they are going to use that card
with Byron. In addition, all of the women are now
leaving the mansion, and the next time they will be
seeing each other will be at the next Rose Ceremony.
Cynthia says that Byron needs to show her that he's
interested in her to get the card, while Mary knows that
he will be going on overnight dates with all of the
women. Byron looks at the card more as an opportunity to
spend more time with them, and less as a time to just be
The first date is with Mary, who he says needs to be
more open and less guarded. Mary wants to separate
herself form the other ladies - and from the past. She
likes to be a daredevil, and to both enjoy themselves,
they decide to have some extreme sports fun - including
ziplining, as Mary decides to go through the woods on a
zipline while dangling by her ankles. Yowzers. She likes
a guy who is a kid at heart, and they share the moment
with a kiddie-kiss.
They share lunch at a picnic in the woods as they talk
about romantic moments. She wants to have a wedding at
the top of the cliff, hearing nothing but a waterfall
and them, while Byron concurs. They toast to the moment.
They hang out some more and then at night, Byron asks
Mary what she is feeling about. She says that he has to
have three more dates, and last time she was in this
situation (on the Bachelor 4), she was hurt by Bob. "I'm
not saying that he can't be intimate, but if he chooses
to do so, he doesn't choose me." She asks Byron to
promise that if he is feeling anything else for any
other woman, to not give her a rose as the ceremony.
Byron's response, 'I have not even begun to keep you
here for anything other than the best of intentions.'
She buys what he is selling and offers him the fantasy
suite, adding that she shouldn't have been as nervous as
she was. Byron says that she made the right decision.
Byron's second date is with Tanya in Vancouver. She
wants to go far away from the mansion scene - and
standing go carts is a start. They continue to reminisce
about the past with lunch on the grass, and they
continue to chat with dinner on the roof of their hotel.
She says that this is the farthest she's been from
Plano, Texas, and they start getting serious about
She then realizes that she has to tell Byron
something...she voted for Jay. Oops. She added that she
did it because she didn't know Byron as well as she does
now. Byron says that her choice is completely
irrelevant, and Tanya is happy that this is a person who
can take things in life and build with it. Byron is
attracted by her being herself, and he enjoys it. They
go downstairs, where Byron has another surprise for her
- a surprise singing from Cheri, who sings a love song
to them. Tanya was impressed - impressed enough for her
to give Byron the card for the fantasy suite.
At the suite, Byron feeds Tanya chocolate strawberries
as they chat some more. She is concerned that he could
fall for another woman, but she just rolls with the
punches and hopes for the best.
Date #3 is with Cheresse, and Byron says that this is an
important date because they need to see if they can
reconnect. She hopes that Byron is as excited as she is,
and the excitement starts with some boating. Byron is
happy about the time they spent together and they share
some smooches as they quickly move to dinner. She toast
to the light at the end of the tunnel, as she adds that
she is having a lot of fun, since it seems like it was
During the diner discussion, Cheresse is happy that he
has been divorced, and adds that it adds to the fact
that he is serious, as she was divorced herself. Byron
is able to open up as he talks about his past. Cheresse
gets her fantasy card, and elects NOT to use it, because
in a real life dating situation, even after the 4th or
5th date, she wouldn't be inviting back to her home and
as they may be going to see her family, she wouldn't
want them to think of him as someone who's already slept
with her. Byron tries to tell Cheresse that he just sees
this as an opportunity to spend more time together, but
she says that this is her, and that she is taking a
stand. 'Now you know something about me', and Byron is
attracted to someone who is like that.
Now from a strategic point of view, this is a disaster,
but it also makes sense, because Cheresse wants to know
if Byron cares about her - or just wants to bed her.
We'll find out what his intentions truly are...
...after his date with Cynthia. He says that Cynthia
brings out a different person in him - but he wants to
know if she can bring out the soulmate in him. Cynthia
insists that she is looking for the right husband as
well. She greets him with presents of Swedish Fish and
Nightcrawlers, adding that she wrapped them herself. She
seems a little more high-maintenance than usual today...
..so maybe she needs a massage. They both get a massage
- while resting on their backs in the water in the
swimming pool. Not really a lot of time for
conversation, but they both enjoyed it. They also look
like they will enjoy dinner, but before they get to
dinner, Byron is transfixed on Cynthia's dress. Cynthia
is transfixed at the dinner place - in the middle of a
winery embedded in a mountainside. She is loving the
dinner, and adds that he makes her feel whole, and says
that there are no words that can describe the way she
feels. They have a lot of physical/sexual energy, and
she has no problems offering her Fantasy Suite cars to
She may have wanted to rescind that card when she asks
him about his ex-wife. The kissing soon turns to
hissing, as Byron goes off on Cynthia's exes. She wants
to press the rewind button, realizing that Byron is
still dealing with that issue. Byron doesn't want the
past to come into the present, and Cynthia wanted to
know if he is over her. Based on the fact that he was
cursing his ex's name out, I would say it is. They do
wind up working it out, and she thinks it was a good
sign that they kissed and made up - and kissed some more
in the limo going into the fantasy suite - and kissed
some more once they were in the fantasy suite. They
spent the night as Cynthia closed the door on us, so we
can only imagine what happened next.
Can the women imagine one of them being eliminated? One
of them will, as their limos convene with all of the
women having concerns. Cynthia is concerned about their
argument, Cheresse is concerned about restarting a
relationship, Mary is concerned about her past wounds
and Tanya is concerned about investing too much of her
in Byron. Byron says that the following ladies do not
need to be concerned - Tanya, Mary and... Cynthia.
Cheresse doesn't need to be concerned anymore either,
because she's just been eliminated.
A wounded Cheresse looks on as Cynthia picks up the
rose. Byron was impressed with her integrity and was
hoping that he could rekindle what happened on the first
date, and he couldn't rekindle it. Byron says that the
fact that Cheresse was the only one not to use her
Fantasy card didn't come into play, but according to
what we saw, and based on Cheresse's reaction, it did.
Byron tries to get any sort of consolation from Cheresse,
and he doesn't get it, when she just tells him that he
made his choice, and good luck. In the limo, she says
that he found something in the girls that he didn't find
in her, adding that it was 'f#cked up'. I agree with
that. Women who we don't know a lot about + main
character who took a major hit in likability = me not
being surprised to see the ratings drop next week
because of it.
We'll find out all about the women next week, as Byron
goes to their hometowns. The women's friends will get to
ask him the hard questions, and we'll see if he can
redeem himself in 7 days.