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Elizabeth Lauten was born and bred in eastern North Carolina, and is currently a Press Secretary on Capitol Hill as well as a media consultant at Audeamus Communications in Washington, D.C., developing communications plans for clients ranging from political campaigns to TV show pilots. When she’s not busy working her 9-5, Elizabeth can be found volunteering for the Junior League of Washington or shopping along the streets of Georgetown or working at the local Lilly Pulitzer store, Pink Palm.

Recap of The Bachelor: Week Two

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Another week, another workout. Yes, week two of “The Bachelor” started pretty much the same way week one did — bachelor Sean Lowe was once again shirtless and working out. But it didn’t stop there, this week, we progressed to the shower scene that followed. As it turns out, Sean does an awful lot of thinking in the shower, as we watch him wash his chiseled torso.

Don’t get me wrong I’m not complaining if this is the opening sequence every week, I’m just saying thus far it has been.

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First up: Sarah. Lucky girl got the first one-on-one date of the season. The date began as she was whisked away on a helicopter only to land on top of a skyscraper, where Sarah was told they were going to do a free-fall jump 300 feet. Frankly, I’m getting tired of this skyscraper stunt, aren’t you?  They do it every season. But this season you can she see productions’ minds churning — who better than to put on this date than the girl with one arm. Let’s really test whether or not having just one arm makes a difference when it comes to physical stunts.

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Sean and Sarah’s free-fall date
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In the end, it does not. Sarah handles the jump like a champion, only to tell a touching story of a time when she tried to go zip-lining with her father only to be turned away because of her disability. Moved, by her touching tale the bachelor gifted his date with a rose. To which Sarah says she feels like she”s falling in love with Sean after the first date in confessional. Gag me. At least wait until date two honey.

The Verdict: I still like her.

Up next a group date with: Kristy, Amanda, Brooke, Lesley M., Daniella, Catherine, Robyn, Katie, Selma, Diana, Taryn, Kacie B. and Tierra. The group meets at a mansion and are informed that they’re doing a photo-shoot for Harlequin novels, and the girl who had the best chemistry with Sean will land a three-book cover deal.  Given four themes (Western, vampire, sexy and historical), most ladies were game for the challenge.

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Up first was political consultant Lesley. Last week I thought she was a little flaky, but this week she officially won me over. She has obvious chemistry with Sean, as evidenced as she coyly tugged at Sean’s shirt during their western themed shoot. Later in the day, she steals some alone time with Sean and they have some awkward moments where both want to kiss each other, but Lesley won’t shut up long enough to let Sean make his move. But fret not, it all works out in the end.

The Verdict: I like her now.

(Photo Credit: ABC.com)

(Photo Credit: ABC.com)

 

 

This was the perfect date for Ford model Kristy. “This is my element!” she exclaimed to the cameras. Confident that she would win the rose thanks to her previous modeling experience she boldly took charge in her photo-shoot, which in fact yielded her a win. Which makes sense, her photo-shoot was smoking hot after all. She blew the competition out of the water.

The Verdict: I’m still don’t like her.

 

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Catty Tierra also made an appearance. Much to the other bachelorettes dismay, homegirl  flips a switch when she’s with Sean. It’s easy to see why the other girls don’t like her because the person she is with Sean isn’t the person she is with the girls. Sean’s even picking up on the fact that she’s an outsider in the house. But she tells him she’s there for him and not for the girls and that seems todo the trick.

The Verdict: I’m don’t like her anymore.

 

 

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Previous “Bachelor” contest Kacie B. had big intentions this date — she needed to find out whether or not Sean could see her as more than a friend. While Sean didn’t convince me, he carefully told Kacie B., “I’m excited that you’re here,” which of course left her thrilled.

At the end of the night, Sean gave Kacie B. the rose because he knows just how tough it is to come back on the show for a second time. I personally would’ve preferred a more romantic reason, but that’ll do.

The Verdict: I still like her.

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For those at home wondering when someone would voluntarily remove herself from the competition, wonder no more. Wallflower Katie politely removed herself after telling Sean she’s just not adjusting well.  Sean didn’t fight for her to stay, so obviously he didn’t have strong feelings about her one way or the other.

The Verdict: I still like her (not that it matters anymore).

 

(Photo Credit: ABC.com)

(Photo Credit: ABC.com)

The second solo date of the evening went to Desiree, and the two ended up at an art exhibit. Again, this was another moment for production to really stage things as Sean wanted to pull a prank on his unsuspecting date with a joke that was just plain dumb.

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Sean left poor Des in a room with the piece de resistance of the exhibit — a $1.5 million glass sculpture made of stained-glass from a church near the Chernobyl tragedy. Sounds over the top already, right? Well it gets better. In the room by herself the piece spontaneously falls over and shatters into a million pieces. An actor posing as the piece’s creator barges in the room, devastated before Sean comes in and announces it’s all a joke. Stupid, stupid, stupid. But good-sport Desiree doesn’t seem to mind.

The date proceeded back to Sean’s place (you know, the sweet pad that ABC’s paying for) for a nice steak dinner, followed up by some hot-tub action. There’s no denying it — the two have chemistry. Perhaps the best we’ve seen thus far. Des of course is given a rose at the end of the evening.

The Verdict: I still like her. (She’s my favorite at the moment)

On to the cocktail party.

(Photo Credit: ABC.com)

(Photo Credit: ABC.com)

 

Turns out Robyn was wondering the same thing I was half the episode — is Sean attracted to minority women? There’s a good handful of them still around after all. Sean of course has the perfect answer, “I don’t really have a criteria, it’s more about the woman and the mind.” He admits he’s dating women of every race and he cares more about the person than their color. Total swoon-worthy response.

The Verdict: I still like her.

(Photo Credit: ABC.com)

(Photo Credit: ABC.com)

 

And then there’s bipolar Amanda. I know, I probably shouldn’t joke about that, but girl has serious issues. First we see her moping on the couch, Des asks her how she feels and she says… nothing. Seriously, she says nothing, only to make a total 180° when Sean comes into the room where she perks up and acts like a completely normally person. How this girl walks away with the final rose of the evening sure beats the heck out of me.

The Verdict: I seriously don’t like her now.

 

There were some other decent moments (Selma’s adorable), but nothing worth mentioning. Overall it was a lackluster episode.

In the end, the roses went to: Desiree, Kacie B., Sarah, AshLee, Lindsay, Robyn, Jackie, Lesley M., Selma, Catherine, Kristy, Leslie H., Tierra, Taryn, Daniella and Amanda.

That means Brooke and Diana went home. And then there were 15.

Which of the women do you think are frontrunners? Who do you think needs to go home next? And someone, tell me — what do you think about next week’s previews!? They look crazy!

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