The Bachelor TV blog: Sean Lowe sends Lesley, Tierra home

dminty@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 11, 2013 

Sean Lowe and his six remaining bachelorettes -- Tierra, Lindsay, AshLee, Lesley, Catherine and Desiree -- traveled to Saint Croix, in the US Virgin Islands on the sixth week of ABC's "The Bachelor." It was a beautiful destination to fall in love, say goodbye to drama, argue, confess a high school marriage and reveal a traumatic family incident.

Here's a recap of the show:

When the women arrive at the hotel, Tierra separates herself from the other bachelorettes by setting up a pullout bed in a room away from where the other five women would sleep. The first one-on-one date of the episode went to 32-year-old AshLee. Tierra's claws came out as soon as AshLee left the room. "The cougar is back in town," 24-year-old Tierra said about AshLee.

"This is my future husband," AshLee says after her one-on-one beach date with Sean. When he asks if the drama with Tierra has disappeared, AshLee says no and explains how differently Tierra behaves with Sean than she does with the girls. At their dinner, she confessed to Sean that she got married at age 17 when she was a high school junior. The marriage was over a year later when she was 18 and a high school senior. Sean looked surprised but didn't seem terribly concerned. At the end of the date, AshLee told Sean that she loved him. "I could see myself ending up with AshLee," Sean said.

Tierra gets the second one-on-one date. When she finds out that she and Sean will be shopping in town and not going on a boat ride, she's disappointed. During the date, she's all sweaty smiles, of course. "I'm hot. I'm gross. I'm thirsty... but I just want to enjoy it," Tierra said. "Shopping is definitely one of my favorite things," she said. Sean buys Tierra a bracelet, and she seems happier. "She's probably not nice to the other women but she's being genuine when she says she's here for me...I don't think she's a bad person. In fact, I think she's a sweet person... At the end of this week, she doesn't have to live with the other women anyway.

The group date with Desiree, Catherine and Lindsay begins before sunrise. Sean surprises the ladies and wakes them up at 4 a.m. to watch the sun rise. He has a camera to film them in their makeup-free states. They're surprised but not grouchy. They enjoy the sun rise and then Sean says they have the day to drive across the island to see the sun set. "I love road trips, always have and this is one of the coolest road trips I've ever taken," Sean said. Desiree seems to get the most attention from Sean. Lindsay says she's "surprised" to see Desiree flirting so much. Sean and Lindsay find some private time to cuddle and chat on the beach. It's light and fun. Sean said he wasn't sure he should keep the woman in the wedding dress, Lindsay, on the first night but "now I'm crazy about the girl in the wedding dress." When Sean had some alone time with Catherine she told him that if he chose her for a hometown date on the next episode, Sean wouldn't meet her dad because he lived in China. When Catherine was 14 years old, her father attempted to commit suicide in front of his daughters. Catherine still talks to him but the relationship isn't a close one. "I'm just admiring how strong she is and how great she is," Sean said. Lindsay get the date. "The girl who walked in in a wedding dress now has the hometown rose," Lindsay says.

Lesley gets the final date, a one-on-one, where they pick fruit and chat in a "secret" garden. Sean thinks some affection is missing. They kiss toward the end of their garden adventure. "The romance is there when she becomes comfortable. It just takes her a little while to get there," Sean said.

After his dates, Sean's sister visits with Sean to advise and support him. He tells her that no one else likes Tierra. His sister asks him what she said to him before he came on the show... "Don't end up with the girl no one likes." Sean decides he wants Tierra to meet his sister. Meanwhile, back at hotel drama, Tierra decides to fight with AshLee. Tierra says she can't control her eyebrow and doesn't smile all the time because her face would get tired. AshLee doesn't back down asking why Tierra never says "good morning" and why she sometimes just walks away from someone when she's asked a question. Tierra says, "Girls are jealous! Men love me." She attacks AshLee's age and says she hopes to be a married mother when she's 32. Her excuse for being unresponsive when other girls talk to her is: "I'm my own individual." When Sean arrives at the hotel, Tierra is in tears. "This is just so hard for me Sean... and you know that. I'm so sensitive and I have just such a big heart," she says. After a commercial break, Sean tells Tierra, "I'm crazy about you and I have been since the very first night and because I care so much about you, I just think it might be best, you know, if you go home now," he said. "I just can't keep you here knowing how hard this has been for you," he said.

In the limo, Tierra sobs: "I can't believe he did this to me... I just want to go home." Tierra promises she'll never lose her "sparkle" and that she's strong enough to carry on. "I hope the girls got what they wanted," she says. Um, yes, I think they got exactly what they wanted.

When Sean meets up with the other bachelorettes he tells them that he sent Tierra home early and he doesn't want to have a pre-ceremony cocktail party. "Tierra was a source of drama... Just to clarify, I'm not looking for that," Sean says.

Eliminated:

Lesley M., a 25-year-old Washington, D.C. political consultant from Arkansas, says she's a modern Southern belle. "Rejection hurts. Heartbreak hurts," she says. "I hoped it would be Sean. Unfortunately, it's not what I think. It's what he thinks." Catherine seems to have a tough time when Lesley is eliminated. "If he doesn't want Lesley I don't know why I'm here. She has more in common with him than I do... my beliefs are shattered about what he wants," she said.

Tierra, a 24-year-old from Denver, who fails to get along with the other bachelorettes and seems to have accidents/illnesses that line up with spending more alone time with Sean.

CONTINUING TO WEEK SEVEN EPISODE

Desiree, a 26-year-old bridal stylist from LA.

Catherine, a 26-year-old from Seattle.

Lindsay, a 24-year-old substitute teacher in Montana. She stepped out of the limo in a wedding gown on the first episode.

AshLee F, a 32-year-old professional organizer from Houston. Her birth parents abandoned her and she was in foster care before being adopted by a pastor and his family

ELIMINATED ON WEEK FIVE, SECOND NIGHT

Daniella, a 24-year-old from San Francisco. "I'm in complete shock... I'm hurt," she said. "It's tough to have your heart broken... I want to find love, really badly."

Selma, a 29-year-old real estate developer in California. "I'm leaving with a heartbreak and a memory... It's really hard to leave, and Tierra is in there celebrating."

Sarah, a 26-year-old who works in advertising in LA, who was born with just one arm. Sean eliminated her before the rose ceremony.

Here's a recap of the episode:

At the cocktail party before the rose ceremony, Selma surprises Sean with a kiss. She previously told him that couldn't kiss him on camera or it would shame her family. She said since she wasn't brave enough to do the polar bear plunge she had to "bring out the big guns." "Mama, please forgive me," Selma requested. A few minutes later, Lindsay tells Sean that she isn't going to kiss him, and that they're just going to talk. The talking leads Lindsay to mentioning that she usually sleeps naked That leads to kissing. Next, AshLee brings a blindfold for Sean to wrap around her eyes so that she can't see. This represents AshLee giving up the control that she craves because she was abandoned by her birth parents. Sean kisses her.

Desiree gets the second one-on-one date of the episode. She and Sean take a walk through part of Banff National Park. They stand at the top of a mountain and Sean says they must repel 400 feet down the mountain to get to their romantic picnic. Desiree was nervous but not too nervous to pause a few times to kiss Sean. Later, they enjoyed some alone time in a teepee. She told Sean that she grew up very poor and lived in a trailer park and even a tent with her parents and her brother. She said she didn't feel any resentment and that she didn't care about materialistic things. Sean gave her a rose. "I could see myself proposing to Des, I really could," Sean said.

The group date -- with Lesley, Sarah, AshLee, Selma, Tierra, Daniella and Lindsay -- starts with a canoe ride across a lake. Lesley "volunteers" to ride with Sean, and hops in his canoe before anyone else can. The other girls divide into two teams of three and row across the lake on their own. Sean then tells the women that they'll be taking "The Lake Louise Polar Bear Plunge." To join the "elite" club the women must jump in the water and be completely submerged in the water. An EMT tells the girls that the water is just above freezing. Selma vows not to do the plunge. "Call me a princess, I don't care" she said. Outdoorsy Lindsay was excited. Tierra had a bad feeling. "I might die," Teirra said before changing into her swimsuit.

Selma told Sean she didn't want to do it. He said "I wish you'd do it." But she was content to "cheer" on the other girls. The girls changed into their bikinis and plunged, quickly, into the water with a swim-trunk clad Sean. Upon leaving the water, most of the women felt exhilarated and happy to have completed the challenge. "Definitely not going to do it again," AshLee said. But she, along with most of the other bachlorettes, was proud. Then, viewers see Tierra who is complaining that she breathe and is freezing. An EMT wraps her in several towels and the other bachlorettes gather around and attempt to warm up her limbs. "At this point I feel helpless," Sean said. An EMT carries a trembling Tierra to a car and we see her being driving to the hotel building. Then she was covered in coats, blankets and was holding a cup of coffee. Her mascara has run down her face and she's looks ill until Sean comes by when her makeup is perfect and she's resting in bed with a tube in her nose that's hooked up to an oxygen tank. The girls start getting suspicious. "Once again, the ambulance is called... Same story, a different day," Lindsay says. Tierra toppled down the stairs in LA on week two and caused an ambulance to be called. "Tierra is very good at getting attention," AshLee said.

The bachelorettes are happy that Tierra won't be at the evening portion of the group date. "It's guaranteed no drama," AshLee said. Wrong! Tierra gets out of bed and even decides to wear high heeled boots. She arrives and gets a bit of an icy reception from the other bachelorettes but not from Sean who offered to carry her around the party. He asked Tierra if she'd like to get a proposal at the end of the show if they fell in love. Before Tierra's arrival, Lesley got some alone time with Sean where she told him that she was falling in love with him, and it was exciting. Then, Sarah got some alone time and showed Sean photos of her family. He seemed apprehensive about possibly meeting Sarah's family. Sean gives the rose to Lesley. Tierra is not happy. "I think I deserve it. I've put up with a lot of... (bleep)."

After the group date, Sean visits the women and asks to see Sarah privately. "Lately I've felt like I'm trying to force it... I wanted it to work so badly... It just hasn't been there," Sean told her. "This is, by far, the hardest decision I've had to make so far," he said. He told her that he didn't want her to sit around another day and through a rose ceremony when he knew that it wasn't going to happen for him. "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't totally surprised and hurt," Sarah told him. "Right now I'm just completely blindsided," Sarah said. She said a tearful goodbye to the other bachelorettes. She said this wasn't the first time a guy had told her that he thought she was great but just not for him. "I just don't want to be told forever how great I am and what I deserve... it's just so sad," she said.

Catherine gets the first date, a one-on-one, of the episode. After a fun afternoon of driving around the snow in a "snow bus," driven by Sean, the couple sits down for a serious chat. Catherine tells Sean about a childhood tragedy when she was at camp and a tree fell on a girl walking right in front of her. The girl died. This made Catherine realize how precious life was and how things could be taken away from you. She said she knew from that point on that her main goal in life was to have a family and find a life partner who wanted the same focus on family that she desired. Sean gave her a rose. "Catherine has melted my heart. She has given me hope that things are going to turn around here," she said.

ELIMINATED WEEK FIVE, FIRST NIGHT

Jackie, a 25-year-old cosmetics consultant from Florida

Robyn, a 24-year-old engineer in Houston. She fell down doing back flips out of the limo on episode one. "What was he thinking sending me home instead of Tierra?" she wondered. "He probably thinks I'm the one starting the drama."

ELIMINATED WEEK FOUR

Leslie H, a 29-year-old poker dealer. "It sucks saying goodbye to Sean... I would honestly give back all these clothes and these diamond earrings to have more time with him," she said. She was eliminated after a one-on-one date that included a shopping spree on Rodeo Drive.

Amanda, a 26-year-old fitness model in California. "I feel really rejected... It's going to be hard to get over Sean... I feel stupid." She was eliminated after a group roller derby date where she fell and hurt her jaw. The injury required a trip to the hospital and was visibly swollen at the elimination rose ceremony.

ELIMINATED WEEK THREE:

Upon being eliminated, Kacie B. said: "I really wanted this to work." Sean told her that he tried to move her out of the friend zone but he just didn't feel anything romantic for her. Before the rose ceremony, he asked to speak with her for a minute, and he let her go without forcing her to stand through the rose ceremony. The 25-year-old from Tennessee, has appeared on "The Bachelor" before. She was a bachelorette on Ben's season and she and Sean met in New York at a post-Bachelor party and clicked as friends. Kacie arrived on this season's show as a surprise to see if she and Sean could form a romantic bond.

Taryn, a 30-year-old from Oregon, said "Maybe I wasn't sweet enough for him."

Kristy, a 25-year-old Ford model. "I wish I would have found love here but you can't force something that isn't there," she said.

ELIMINATED WEEK TWO

Diana, a 31-year-old stylist in Salt Lake City Utah and mom to two girls. "I'm sad to not have more time with him," she said.

Brooke, a 25-year-old community organizer from Pittsburgh. "Love just was not here. It wasn't," she said.

Katie, a 27-year-old yoga teacher in Charlotte, chose to leave the show during the season's first group date.

ELIMINATED WEEK ONE:

Kelly, a 28-year-old cruise ship entertainer from Nashville, sang for Sean during their introduction. She was embarrassed to be eliminated. "I feel like, who'd want to date the crazy girl that sings a song for Sean and gets kicks off 'The Bachelor' the first week," she said.

Paige, a 25-year-old New York jumbotron operator, also failed to receive a rose when she appeared on season 3 of "The Bachelor Pad." She felt embarrassed to be eliminated so quickly from both shows. "When you fail again, that sucks... It's really sad," she said.

Ashley H, a 25-year-old fashion model, told Sean that her blue dress matched his eyes. I guess he was unimpressed. "The devastation, I try not to let it sink in but it hurts," she said.

Lauren, a 27-year-old journalist from Rhode Island, told Sean about her Italian family. Her dad told Lauren to tell Sean, "If you break my heart he's going to break your legs." I guess the threat was a bad idea.

Ashley P., a 28-year-old Michigan stylist and fan of "Fifty Shades of Grey," said: "It's a little bit of a bumsky." She then did a little dance and hiked up her dress to show Sean what he was missing. "Mom, don't be mad," she said in her exit interview.

Keriann, a 29-year-old entrepreneur from Florida, told Sean she drove over 2,775 miles to meet him. "That's so flattering." Sean said. I guess flattery will get you no where with Sean.

Lacey, a 24-year-old student in California, gave Sean a piece of lace so he'd remember her name. Maybe he still forgot to call it out during the elimination ceremony?

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