This season has a pattern: most of the 1-on-1 dates fade into obscurity compared to the cattiness and drama of group dates and cocktail parties.
Ironically, in the beginning of the episode Courtney was wearing a t-shirt with a sign “BE NICE,’ something Courtney truly lacks when it comes to other females. I suspect it’s a reminder for her not for the other girls or a subliminal message to snow the viewers with, i.e. don’t notice that I’m a beeatch.
Her motto this week: “A girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do!” Hey, wasn’t that the same as last week?
Some may consider her behavior as a sign of confidence, but if you watch this episode more closely you will realize that it’s merely an act of desperation. Let’s examine the group date and the beach after-party.
The group date card: “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend … Ben” Lindzi, Courtney, Jennifer, Kacie B., Emily, Rachel, Casey S., Jamie, Blakeley are invited to join in the group date.
The ladies are divided into two teams to compete against each other. The winning team will have a chance to hang out with Ben at the beach after-party. The tricky thing is that the number of ladies is uneven. Chris Harrison announces that one lucky lady will play for both teams, which basically implies she is guaranteed a spot at the after-party. It’s up to Ben to choose who this girl will be. Without any hesitation, Ben chooses Lindzi.
Translation: he wants to spend some private time with Lindzi. I can sense that there is much more going on between those two. For some strange reason the producers have chosen to omit details about their relationship at this time. Is it because she may be the final one?
The team captains are Blakeley and Courtney.
Courtney picks Kacie, Casey and Jamie for the Red Team
Blakeley picks Emily, Jennifer and Rachel for the Blue Team
Ben is their designated pitcher. The ladies take this competition very serious… It gets very emotional very quick. Blakeley is super enthusiastic; she does better than anyone could expect. In response to Blakeley’s athleticism Courtney snidely comments: “Who knew that strippers could play baseball?”
Besides making nasty comments, Courtney didn’t exhibit exceptional athletic abilities. In the end, even though Courtney’s team wins, she offered little to the game. Later, Courtney, Kacie, Casey, Jamie and Lindzi are picked up by helicopter while the losers (Blakeley, Emily, Jennifer and Rachel) have to take a bus back to the house.
Without doubt Lindzi seems to be the most sane, confident and easy-going person of the bunch. Ben is quite taken by her charismatic personality. She dances her way to the lounge while the cold, frigid model Courtney looks on, green with envy. Not surprisingly, Ben grabs Lindzi by the hand and asks her to join him for a nice walk on the beach. It’s pretty clear why Ben called Lindzi sexy- because she is a natural. Her energy is warm and inviting; she makes him come alive. This is the major difference between Lindzi and the mean, icy Courtney.
After some quality time with Lindzi, Ben invites Kacie B. for a private chat. Meanwhile, Ben is literally ignoring Courtney. Perhaps Emily’s warning last week did make a difference – it is as if he was trying to distance himself from Courtney to reconsider his relationship with her. If you recall his original words, all the women he fell in love with didn’t love him in return. I think he is being cautious.
As she watches Ben and Kacie cozy up, the model’s confidence seems to fizzle. In a moment of revelation, she suddenly realizes that Ben has strong feelings for girls other than Courtney. To make things worse, Ben gives Kacie the rose. At this point, a train of thoughts gush from her in a flash: “Kacie is younger, she is only 24… she can twirl a baton … Ben seems to like her a lot… Kacie gets the rose.”
In her ITM, Courtney comments in a strained tone: “It doesn’t really bother me much,” as her voice gets higher and higher.
Bottom line: Courtney feels she is loosing the game! So she desperately whisks Ben away and asks him to skinny dip with her in the ocean. For the first time, I noted that Ben was acting somewhat reserved around her. Is he afraid to expose his short-comings? LOL! Buying time, Ben mumbles: “This is unexpected,” perhaps hoping that Courtney may change her mind and not follow up on her offer.
With a mocking laugh Courtney eyes Elyse’s luggage being hauled away, but I get the feeling it puts the fear of God in her. Feeling vulnerable, Courtney is determined not to waste any more time. Strategically, she takes a bottle of red wine and a few glasses and heads toward Ben’s residence. But Ben’s face seemed tired when he noted Courtney sitting on the steps by his door. After all, it was a long strenuous day!
It a state of delusional schizophrenia, Courtney shares a few things about herself: “I’m Little Miss Sunshine, I sprinkle it around.” Then why isn’t anyone laughing?
Ben: “I didn’t think you’re going to keep your promises so soon.” In truth, he isn’t sure how he feels about Courtney taking initiative and “breaking the rules.” However, a little massage does the trick and the two sneak out to the beach followed by the camera crew, who seem to really get off in the background.
Courtney: “Nice to be on a beach with no one else around.” Is she in some sort of a movie? Okay, so it’s not From Here to Eternity! This gal doesn’t seem to care about the camera crew zooming in for a close-up on her private parts. Together, they strip down until they are fully nude. In a hearty farewell gesture to her modesty she gives her thong a cheery fling to the onlookers and then, once in the water, she jumps him.
No doubt, this scene could open some doors for Courtney in the porno business.
Courtney: “I feel like I am winning. Ben and I have a secret…”
The next day, Ben feels bad about sharing “an intimate moment” with Courtney. He knows that this may negatively affect his relationships with other women. But so goes thinking with the little head.
Verdict: Courtney strikes me as a woman who doesn’t mind using sex to get what she wants. The question remains: Is she really winning or simply manipulating poor Ben? Feel free to share your opinions.