Bachelor
Bachelorettes Compose Songs

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And You Can Tell Everybody This Is Your Song (But You Probably Won’t)

Jason talks about how he was taken with Nikki right away, but she stays in the box. "I don't," he says. Then he touts Stephanie's qualities: fun, loves life, great mom. "But I need to make sure there's a romantic connection there."

They pull up to a restaurant with a patio draped in lights. In an interview, Stephanie calls Nikki a third wheel. Anyway, before dinner, there will be dancing, which involves a dance lesson by a Deborah who prattles on about how beautiful the waltz is. Nikki doesn't do too badly, despite her reticence, and at least she's able to smile when she's uncomfortable, unlike, say, Shannon. But where Nikki is nervous, Stephanie is self-assured, because she already knows how to waltz, and she and Jason glide effortlessly over the patio. Nikki takes it in, and in an interview calls herself a third wheel. The date then turns into a cut-in festival, with each woman interrupting the dance to take a turn. Stephanie says she would have just planted one on Jason, but didn't want to with Nikki there. She might not have felt so bad, mind, if she heard Nikki's theory, which is that she wanted one-on-one time with Jason, which Stephanie already had. Oh, and also? "She already had a man. She married him, had his daughter, and sadly, he died. I want my turn." Yeah, step aside, Stephanie. You HAD your chance.

Back at the house, the women speculate as to who's coming home. Jillian confidently says Stephanie's coming back, but Megan says if Jason's just friends with Stephanie, he'll probably send her home to be with Sofia. Then Megan gets a "premonition": maybe he's sending them both home! Given that we haven't been bombarded with scenes promising "the most shocking two-on-one date ever!" means that that's not going to happen.

The dancing's over, so let the dinner begin. Jason says "both these girls have amazing qualities," so this is going to be hard. At the dinner, he asks the women how much of a problem it would be to move to Seattle (I guess that's a given, then, Jason?). Nikki instantly says "not very" and explains that it's just her she answers to, and doesn't have to worry about anyone else. She might as well add something like, "I don't have any cemeteries in my hometown where my kid's father is buried that I need to visit or anything" for how obviously this is directed at Stephanie, who, for her part, blithely says she would be wherever her man is. "How about the future," says Jason, and Nikki says, "The future is wide open," and I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU IDIOTS ARE TALKING ABOUT AT ALL. She talks about her 11-year relationship, which Jason says in an interview that he didn't know anything about until that night. They sit down for a chat and Nikki reveals that she and her ex were high-school sweethearts and were together from when she was 17 until she was 28, and then he woke up one morning and said, "I love you so much, but I don't want to marry you." She got sick she was so heartbroken, and she's only gone on a couple of dates since. She oddly seems a little more relaxed than you'd think, pouring herself out like this.

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