Shawntel smiles and goes to Ben, who offers to walk her out. "See ya! Sayonara," yells out Courtney. I really believe this show should just keep replaying the clip of her calling the other women "juvenile" whenever she does something like this.
Outside the rose ceremony (while Kacie tells us Ben just proved he's the man she thinks he is), Ben tells Shawntel that he's flattered but he doesn't think it was fair to the rest of the women. Oops, I mean "girls"! They're in their 20s and 30s, but they're girls. I forgot I was watching The Bachelor for a moment. Shawntel wishes him luck, and they part without a hug or a kiss.
Shawntel tells us that she thinks there's a connection there but Ben wasn't man enough to accept it. "Apparently he cracked under pressure," she says, adding that it's great that he's trying to be fair and everything, but this is about someone you're going to be with for the rest of your life. "I don't think 'fair' really comes into play right now," she says. She talks a big game, but it looks to me like she knows that Ben's rejection does in fact mean that he doesn't want to spend the rest of his life with her. Then she starts to cry. "I just feel so dumb," she says. Yep, she knows.
Ben goes back to toast the women and announce they're going to Park City, Utah. Just once I'd like the women's reaction to be collective disappointment. But they all respond like "Going to Park City, Utah" is on their leap list.
[Note: During the credits, there is a hilariously awkward scene that showed alone time between Ben and Erika, pre-rose ceremony, wherein the fainter showed Ben her weird lip tattoo and refused to notice any of his social cues to STOP TALKING. -- RS.]
Daniel is a writer in Newfoundland with a wife and a daughter. He really wishes Ben had given Shawntel a rose, if only to call the bluff of all the women who threatened to leave if he did. Follow him on Twitter (@DanMacEachern) or email him at email@example.com.