Ashley Hebert Closes Bentley Chapter on 'Bachelorette'
By Paige Feigenbaum
Ashley Hebert went from the heartbroken to the heartbreaker on Monday's tearful episode of "The Bachelorette."
The conniving Bentley put a period to his "dot dot dot" statement by saying, "Knowing that I'm home, it doesn't look good for me and you and I would implore you to do all that you can to see what you have here." Using an explicative, Ashley told him to "man" up and that he "should have called" instead of travelling all the way to Hong Kong.
"I cannot believe that I wasted so much time on Bentley," Ashley admitted regretfully. "I needed this time away from him to really be able to see through him. He's such a player. He disrespected me to the core." After finding the closure she so desperately sought, she felt "liberated."
Ashley decided to keep her surprise Bentley encounter secret from the other bachelors as she went out on two one-on-one dates and one group date. During his solo time with Ashley, Lucus noticed "she looked refreshed and happy and she had a whole different glow about her," though he was still in the dark about the hush-hush visitor. He opened up about his divorce and the date culminated with a rose. Ashley remarked, "Lucas makes me feel like a woman. There's something about his manlihood that makes me feel protected."
The guys' competitive nature was once again put to the test on the group date. Avoiding an injury this time, Ames and partner Mickey won a dragon boat race when pitted against Ben/Constantine and Blake/Ryan. Following the cultural water activity, the pack convened on the beach. They witnessed a man pop the question to his girlfriend. "I can't believe that I'm here with all these guys and we look over and somebody is getting engaged on the beach," Ashley gasped. "I'm hoping that's foreshadowing what's to come for me." Lucky for her, on a one-on-one with J.P. he fantasized that in a month from now he hopes they'll be doing "something having to do with getting down on a knee, maybe?"
Per usual, one rose was up for grabs on the group date. Blake threatened, "If Ryan gets the rose tonight, I'd be livid. I'd probably just pack up and go home." Much to the dentist's dismay, Ryan was offered the rose from Ashley. Blake was later eliminated in the official rose ceremony.
Feeling comfortable and at ease during her intimate time with J.P., Ashley decided to come clean about her reunion with Bentley. Taken aback at first, J.P. accepted the news like a true gentleman, saying, "Thank you for telling me and I'm glad you got the closure you needed and I appreciate your honesty." It "spoke volumes" that she divulged the secret meeting with him.
Needless to say, J.P. will be around for another week. Following the date, Ashley blushed about this emerging frontrunner, calling him "gorgeous," "loyal," "determined," and "committed. He's going to be a great family man. He is the total package for me."
Things didn't go quite as smoothly when Ashley told the remainder of the bachelors about Bentley. They felt just as betrayed and deceived as Bentley made her feel. Despite their earlier chemistry and already having a rose, Lucas felt "she's wasting my time." Blake worried that she could "care less" about the others with Bentley on her mind. Ryan, also the proud owner of a rose at this point, consoled her and said, "My blood pressure didn't even move a beat."
Mickey felt compelled to make a real statement by begging and pleading to be eliminated. "If you feel so strongly that you want to leave, I want you to take the initiative and leave," Ashley challenged. He stood up and allowed her to walk to him to a waiting boat and he sailed away into the darkness.
This leaves Ben, Constantine, Ames, Lucas, Ryan, and J.P. one step closer to placing a sparkly engagement ring on Ashley's finger. Next Monday's episode lands "The Bachelorette" in Taiwan on ABC.