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'The Bachelor' Episode 4 Recap: The Claws Come Out!

January 24th, 2012 2:17pm EST

The Bachelor, Horses, Date Finally, some action! Though not the kind Bachelor Ben Flajnik might have been hoping for: the girls are getting cattier with eachother as the competition for his affection heats up, and an unexpected departure proves that Ben might not know what he wants, but knows what he doesn't want.

Ben and the women jet off to Park City, Utah, home of the famous Sundance film festival, where Rachel gets picked for a one-on-one date. In true showy Bachelor fashion, a helicopter sets down in front of all the other contestants and whisks the two off on what was probably supposed to be a relaxing, romantic date - a picnic by a river - but ended up being an awkward affair, with conversation lagging so much that at one point that Ben, scrambling for anything to talk about, points out a beaver dam in the distance. Rachel's response? "Oh! Yeah." Scintillating! But after getting more aqcuainted during a dinner, Ben offers her the date rose, meaning she's safe from the upcoming elimination ceremony and showing her he's willing to take it slow.

Next on the list of surprises: horses make their return, much to the delight of __, who made her noticeable entrance in the first episode on one. Ben takes the __ women on his group date riding through the mountains to their destinaton: fly-fishing! Every woman's idea of a dream date. As Courtney, the model from Los Angeles, said: "Let's be honest - it's not really about catching a trout. It's about catching Ben." She seems to be an expert on turning group dates into opportunities to either snag alone time with Ben or showcase how easy-going she is, which is the exact opposite opinion every other woman in the house has about her. And guess which one of the girls catches a fish? Yup - Courtney!

This epsiode reveals how emotionally attached Kacie B. has become to Ben. She's shown in various states of distress over the fact that he has one-on-one time with the other women, and mentioning her need for reassurance that they still have a connection. Courtney's the opposite - declaring her connection with Ben is so strong that she isn't at all threatened by any of the other women. Meow!

During the date, 26 year old advertising account manager Samantha pulls Ben away to talk. Her high voice and aggressive tone make Ben visibly anxious - he looks like he's about to get a lecture - and she delivers. After grilling him about why she's been on three group dates but no one-on-ones, Ben starts to stammer. With a touch of the Crazy Eye, she reveals to the camera: "I have such crazy feelings for this guy. I feel like I should already have a ring on my finger!" Wow. She interrupts his explinations and giggles uncomfortably until he admits: "The group dates you've been on... You've kind of been highly emotional!" And he questions: "I wonder if you can continue to hang, and be a part of this?" By the end of the conversation, he takes that option off the table, telling her "I don't think I see this going much further, to be honest with you." She cries, and leaves, and he doesn't seem to bothered afterwards, declaring: "I realized that this girl is not for me."

Courtney gets some hottub time with Ben and finally admits she has insecurities and gets uncomfortable on group dates, causing her to lose sight of what they "have". Unlike when the other women confess their problems, Ben feels sympathetic for her and reassures her that he's very interested. And then gives her the rose of the evening. Courtney's reaction? "Winning."

Jennifer, the redhead from Oklahoma (who Ben has dubbed the best kisser in the house!) scored the next one-on-one date, and in keeping with the outdoors-y theme, they rapelled into a crater, ran through the rain in a storm, and ended with dinner and dancing. She gets a rose at the end of the night, but their chemistry on the date seemed mediocre in comparison to some of the other connections he's made.

During the pre-rose ceremony cocktail party that night, Emily pulls the move that has proven to be a surefire way to get eliminated: sitting Ben for a serious talk about That One Girl who "doesn't have his best interests in mind" and is "different around you then she is around us". Of course, it's Courtney. It's surprising that after 16 seasons, there is always someone who thinks this is a great move. All it's accomplished in the past is making whoever says it look jealous, insecure, and meddling. Even though Emily has a point- Courtney is aggressive and mean-spirited to the other women, and sweet and innocent when around Ben, trying to convince him of this isn't going to work. He almost scolds her by saying: "I don't know who you're talking about, and I don't want you to throw anyone under the bus." But she does- telling him that the girl she's talking about got the date rose. Ben is not impressed, and Emily can sense it.

Before the ceremony, Emily makes another mistake by telling Casey S. what just happened, and Casey responds by hightailing it to Courtney to spill the beans. Her reaction? "I'm a nice person. Don't **** with me!" Wow. It gets freakier: "I just want to rip [Emily's] head off. And verbally assault her. Or shave her eyebrows off in the middle of the night." A tense exchange between the two follows, with Ben out of earshot, of course. Thankfully, before any actual fur starts flying, the rose ceremony begins.

Monica is the unlucky lady sent home this week. Though we've barely seen anything about her since the first episode- where she flirted with fellow contestant Blakeley- she must have had some feelings for Ben as she seemed genuinley upset to be leaving. And Emily seemed genuinley surprised (and thankful!) to be staying.

Thanks to the now very open feud between her and Courtney, tensions are running high in the house. The sneak preview of next week's episode shows Emily still talking about it, and Courtney dealing with it by bringing Ben skinny dipping in the ocean. Let the games begin!

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