ABC's repeat "Bachelor" Brad Womack traveled around the country to visit the families of his four final bachelorettes on the week-eight episode. Those visits helped him evaluate his feelings. He eliminatedShawntel, the 25-year-old funeral director from Chico, Calif. "I don't want to say goodbye to a single one of you... All of you are incredible women," Brad said before the elimination rose ceremony.
"Your family's so great," Brad told Shawntel. He said he just didn't feel the way a man should feel when Shawntel said she was falling in love with him. "You've set the bar for me," Shawntel said. "I have, like, just so much respect for you and I just wish you, like, the most happiness in the world. You're just so great." Shawntel said as Brad walked her to the limo that would take her to the airport.
In her limo ride, she said, "I saw myself marrying Brad... I definitely didn't see this coming. I think he's so perfect." She said Brad treated her like a princess and she hoped she'd meet someone just like him.
Here are the women who will continue to the week-nine episode that was filmed in Africa:
Ashley H: a 26-year-old dentist from Philadelphia.
Emily: a 24-year-old hospital event planner from Charlotte, NC. Emily has a daughter, Ricki. Emily was engaged to race car driver Ricky Hendrick, who died in a place crash in 2004. Hendrick was the son of Rick Hendrick, Jeff Gordon's NASCAR team owner.
Chantal O'Brien: a 28-year-old executive assistant from Seattle. She slapped Brad "for every woman in America" when she met him on the week-one episode. Brad appreciated her "aggressiveness."
Here's a recap of the show:
Brad's final trip was to Charlotte, NC. to visit Emily, a 24-year-old hospital event planner, and her daughter. Emily was once engaged to a Ricky Hendrick, a race car driver who died in a place crash in 2004. Hendrick was the son of Rick Hendrick, Jeff Gordon's NASCAR team owner. Emily's daughter Ricki hid behind her mom at the park when she met Brad. Brad gave Ricki a kite and tried asking her questions. She wouldn't answer. Emily told Brad that Ricki was shy. "She is not having it. She won't even make eye contact," Emily said about Ricki. After flying the kite, Ricki opened up. She smiled and giggled at Brad's jokes. Brad wasn't concerned about Ricki's shyness. "I would welcome and cherish the opportunity to be a father figure to little Ricki," Brad said.
Later at Emily's house, Brad called the day at the park "perfect." Emily said she was happy, too. After Brad and Emily tucked Ricki into bed, they sat in the downstairs' living room. Brad said he wanted to kiss Emily but he couldn't because he wanted to be respectful because Ricki was sleeping upstairs. He wanted to give Emily a meaningful hug instead. Emily said, "I think it's sweet but... if this thing works out, she'll always be upstairs sleeping." Emily walked Brad to the door and kissed him when they were on the porch. "My God, kissing this woman is so perfect," Brad said.
Brad's third trip was to Chico, Calif. to visit Shawntel, a 25-year-old funeral director. Brad met Shawntel at the funeral home. "It's crazy to think this is Shawntel's everyday life," Brad said after taking a tour of the funeral home. He looked worried when she showed him the crematorium. Brad seemed stressed to be talking about death so much. He said he realized that if he ended up with Shawntel their conversations would "be centered around death." Brad said, "I don't handle death well." Shawntel didn't seem to mind. She said everyone had different feelings about death, and she talked about how she coped with grieving families. She said there was more joy in her work than people realized. "There's so much love in here," she said. Brad was impressed with Shawntel's passion for her job, and Shawntel was impressed that Brad didn't "freak out" at the funeral home.
Brad enjoyed dinner with Shawntel's family. Brad said that despite the fact that the family deals with death all day, "they're so full of life and so happy." A bumpy spot came when Shawntel's dad said he had planned for Shawntel to take over the family's funeral home business in Chico. He didn't seem happy with the thought that his succession plan would be destroyed. After a heart-to-heart with his daughter, dad agreed to give Brad and Shawntel his blessing should they decide to be together. Shawntel told Brad that she could continue her embalming in Austin, Texas, Brad's home.
Brad's second visit was to Maine to visit Ashley's family. Ashley is a 26-year-old dentist from Philadelphia, but her family lives in Maine. Ashley's hometown is on the Canadian border and most people speak French and English where she lives. Brad and Ashley went to a restaurant and ordered poutine, fries with gravy and cheese. Brad got confused and said "si" instead of "oui" when he was trying to say "yes" at the restaurant. Brad said he loved the friendly, small-town vibe of Ashley's hometown. A road-side produce stand that used "the honor system," impressed Brad.
After meeting Ashley's family, Brad realized how driven and ambitious Ashley was. "Can I keep up with Ashley?" he wondered after having a one-on-one chat with Ashley's dad. "I think we're in the perfect place to start something together. You know, while Ashley's building her career, thank God I have mine, I can emotionally support her and be there for her. I think this is the perfect time for Ashley and I." When talking to her mom Ashley said the timing was perfect. "I'm staring to think that Brad and I are meant to be," Ashley said. Ashley's mom invited Brad to spend the night. Brad had to leave. "I don't want to leave tonight at all. I don't want to leave this family, I don't want to leave this home. I don't want to leave this town. And I damn sure don't want to leave Ashley," Brad said.
Brad's first trip was to Seattle to visit Chantal, a divorced 28-year-old executive assistant. Chantal has two cats and a dog and lives four streets away from her parents. Chantal said her pets would be moving with her if she were to marry Brad and move to his Austin home. "Brad has to get along with them (the pets) for us to have a future," she confessed. Brad said, "I need to buy a bigger home."
After meeting Chantal's pets, Chantal and Brad went to visit Chantal's mom, dad and brother. Chantal told her dad that she loved Brad. Her dad looked concerned but promised to have a good talk with Brad. During their discussion, Brad and Chantal's father discovered they had a lot in common including being self-made businessmen and not having relationships with their fathers. In the well-stocked wine cellar, Brad asked for and received Chantal's father's blessing. "I'd be proud to have him as my son in law," Chantal's dad said. Brad was pleased with the visit. "I would feel honored to be accepted into this family. I really, really see a future with Chantal. I truly do."
Eliminated during week seven:
Michelle, the 30-year-old mom of one from Salt Lake City, refused to talk to Brad when he eliminated her. "I have an intense physical attraction to her but that would have worn off and her intensity and the way we kept butting heads that would have become a volatile relationship," Brad said. Michelle didn't say anything on her limo ride to the airport.
Britt, the skinny 25-year-old food writer from Washington, was sent home early during their first one-on-one date when Brad realized that he didn't have romantic feelings for Britt.
Eliminated during week six:
Alli: a 24-year-old apparel merchant from Columbus, Ohio. In her limo ride away from Brad, Alli said: "I feel really dumb that I'm crying right now. It's just weird to think about this coming to an end so abruptly... I can honestly tell you that I had, like, feelings for him." Brad sent Alli home during their one-on-one date because he couldn't see him and Alli being more than friends.
Jackie: a 27-year-old artist from New York. "This was a very, very tough decision for me," Brad said. "I think you're one in a million, I really do," he said. Jackie was sad. "Brad's a great guy. I just feel like I fell short... I feel like I constantly, like, put up a wall and, like, try to make sure that nobody can get through it," she said.
Eliminated week five:
Ashley S.: a 26-year-old nanny from New York. She got the first impression rose during week one for telling Brad that she wanted to be his friend. "I feel like they always say the same thing. 'You're going to be such a great wife. You're just not the one for me.'"
Lisa M.: a 24-year-old marketing coordinator from Ottawa, Kan. "I wanted to find love... It's hard to start liking a guy and not have time to express yourself... it just sucks."
Marissa: a 26-year-old sports publicist from Kissimmee, Fla. "It hurts to have to leave feeling like I was rejected. I put myself out there time and time again and it wasn't right. I didn't fit. I left behind a lot to come here."
Eliminated week four:
Lindsay: a 25-year-old first grade teacher from Plano, Texas. "It's disappointing that I'm going home tonight but I'm just not the girl for Brad. Rejection is always hard. But I think I was true to myself and I think my dad is going to be so proud of me for being the daughter that he and my mom both raised me to be."
Meghan: a 30-year-old fashion marketer from New York. "I'm totally bummed out... it's a blow to the ego... maybe my walls are too high." She and Brad had a conversation earlier in the episode where Brad said he admired Meghan's independence but felt like he wasn't getting to know her very well.
Stacey: a 26-year-old bartender from Boston. "I want to be in love with somebody. I don't know when I'm going to find the right guy. Hopefully soon. I'm sick of dating."
Eliminated week three:
Madison: the 25-year-old model from Brooklyn, who wore fake Vampire fangs in the first two episodes, walked away during the elimination rose ceremony. Madison said: "I came here because it sounded fabulous... but it's not so easy as just walking into a fairy tale and walking out with Prince Charming... Things may have worked out very differently if I'd come in and shown all my cards and been the real me from the very beginning... There's every chance I'll wake up tomorrow and wonder what the heck I just did... I just let a great man walk into the arms of some other girl."
Sarah P: a 27-year-old real estate broker from Denver, had a test for Brad during week one. Sarah asked Brad to get down on one knee and repeat after her. She said "Will you Marry Me," which Brad repeated. Sarah said "yes" and Brad admitted that wasn't so hard. "Everybody wants to come here and find love. It doesn't happen for everybody. I have so much happiness and love to offer. When you put yourself out there, you hope for something to come back but sometimes it doesn't. Not being chosen, that really hurts. Rejection sucks."
Kimberly: a 27-year-old marketing coordinator from Charlotte, NC. "I have no regrets. I wouldn't have done a thing differently. There just wasn't that connection. I think he was intimated by me. I'm talented, smart, successful. Some guys find me attractive. The list could go on. I could turn around tomorrow and start dating someone else and be fine with it. (Expletive deleted) Brad! His loss."
Eliminated week two of season 15:
Raichel: This 29-year-old manscaper from Fullerton, Calif. waxed Brad's wrist on the week-one episode. He said it hurt. A lot. About being eliminated, Raichel said: "I don't feel like I should be sitting here upset... I came here to fall in love. I didn't come here to get so upset by another girl." She and Melissa had several arguments during the two episodes.
Keltie: The 28-year-old Radio City Rockette from Hollywood showed Brad how to do high kicks during week one. "If they gave out an Oscar for worst dater ever, it would go to this girl. I'm the worst. I'm just so awkward. Honestly, I don't know if love is in the cards for me."
Melissa: The 32-year-old waitress from Lake Worth, Fla. was still complaining about Raichel in her exit interview. "I think there are several girls who targeted me... I had a really hard time in this house."
Eliminated week one of season 15:
Renee: a 28-year-old nanny from Palos Hills, Ill.
Cristy: a 30-year-old attorney from Ft. Lauderdale.
Lacey: a 27-year-old insurance agent from Tampa, Fla.
Lauren: a 26-year-old high school teacher from Arlington Va.
Lisa P: a 27-year-old sales consultant from New York.
Britnee: a 25-year-old paralegal from Holland, Pa.
Jill: a 28-year-old sales director from Frisco, Texas.
Rebecca: a 30-year-old esthetician from Mission Valejo, Calif.
J: a 26-year-old operations manager from Seattle. The filming of week one's episode was her birthday.
Sarah L: a 25-year-old musical theater performer from Saginaw, Mich.
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