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Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelor' episode 8
by Chris Harrison

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water now that Tierra is gone, we take you to hometowns. The truly interesting thing about this week was the incredibly different dynamic each womanís hometown possessed. Sean started things off in his home state of Texas, meeting AshLeeís family in Houston. As Sean said, Ash has been a frontrunner since day one and itís easy to tell how much in love she is with Sean. The experience of being on The Bachelor is so unique and hard to explain, I find it compelling when these women ó who are so engrossed in their journey ó try to convey to their families how madly in love they are.

AshLeeís parents are amazing on so many levels for what they have done for her. They are loving, caring people who opened their lives and loves and created a home for a little girl that needed it. To hear her dad tell the story of how he found her was incredible. As AshLee said, it is a true love story. Iíd say itís safe to say this was a successful hometown date on just about every level. AshLee came into this week as a frontrunner and it seems that sheís still right up there at the top in Seanís heart.

Up next for Sean were the ladies in Seattle. Catherine explained before this week that her dad isnít in the picture anymore so it would be just the women in her family. While Sean and AshLeeís relationship seems serious and mature, Seanís relationship with Catherine is fun, light and easy. They both seem to light each other up and thatís a great quality. One thing many fans should be satisfied with is the fact that Sean and Catherine ate on camera. I get asked all the time if they ever eat the food on these dates. The answer is yes but you donít always get to see it, so Iím happy you finally got to see some people eating.

One thing I really appreciated about Catherineís family is how serious they took this. They were very tough on Sean and Catherine and really examined their relationship. Catherineís mom didnít exactly give Sean an overwhelming warm feeling about this working out. Thatís the good thing about family though: they truly have your back. Sean left Seattle feeling great about Catherine but not exactly feeling great about the familyís feelings towards him. That would obviously weigh heavily on his final decision during the rose ceremony.

Seanís next stop was one of the most intriguing hometowns weíve ever had. Ever since Sean learned Lindsayís dad is a two star General in the United States Army he was thinking about what this hometown would be like. He was incredibly nervous about meeting Lindsayís dad, but what guy in his right mind wouldnít be? The man is a true American hero and Sean is talking about possibly stealing his little girl away. It was funny watching Sean try to figure out what to even call the man. All of a sudden he looked like a five year old because he was so nervous. In all seriousness, Iím glad we showed even a brief glimpse into military life in this country ó and let me take a moment to thank all the service men and women who serve our country and sacrifice so much for us. You could tell how nervous and on edge Sean was talking to Lindsayís dad. It took all he had to muster the courage to ask his permission to possibly marry his daughter. His answer to Seanís request was one of the best responses Iíve ever heard to that question: Youíve gotta have the authority to make the right decision. Turns out after being so nervous, Sean and Lindsayís dad really hit it off. Sean really appreciated Lindsayís dad extending the gift of the ID tags. This is a family Sean could easily see himself becoming a part of and that is something thatís very important to him.

The final hometown with Desiree was easily the most explosive, and in such a weird way. Sean felt so strongly about Des heading into this hometown I donít think any of us really thought anything could tear that down. The start of the date couldnít have gone better. It was kind of sadly ironic that Des played that practical joke on Sean with the fake ex-boyfriend being aggressive, because when the family showed up, it wasnít a joke and it got bizarrely worse. The odd part is, there was a conversation we didnít show between Sean and Desireeís brother that took place earlier in the night. The reason we didnít show it was it didnít make any sense to any of us. The conversation went really well and Desí brother was supportive and happy about their relationship. Then the guy did a 180 and just kind of lost it. When he got a chance to talk to Sean again he got really aggressive and a little verbally abusive, and Seanís not one to sit back and just take unfair abuse. Sean is also very sensitive about being considered a player. The guy was already on edge after the practical joke, and then to have her brother absolutely question his intentions and integrity was just a bit much for him to handle.

Seanís really big on picturing himself as a part of these families and as much as he didnít want this to affect his relationship with Des, I think it did. If you think about the two women he was struggling with sending home this week, it was the two families that he would probably have the toughest time fitting into. In the end I think itís safe to say that Desí brother sabotaged his sister and ruined their relationship. At this point in the game thereís very little separating these four women. Desí final plea really shook Sean up and, as you saw, made him second-guess what he was going to do. This was easily the toughest decision Seanís made so far. It was tough to see Desiree going home knowing she had done nothing wrong. It just didnít feel right watching them say goodbye. Des even said herself that Sean was making a huge mistake. Only time will tell if sheís right and if Sean will ultimately regret this decision.

Donít miss tonight, as we have a one-hour special, Sean Tells All. This special will go much deeper into his decision to let Des go. Itís really a great special that will answer a bunch of questions you might have about this season including, of course, Tierra. Youíll also get to see a lot of never-before-seen footage that will make you laugh as well as shed some light on decisions Sean has made throughout this process. I hope you will all tune in to check this out. Then, next week we are off to Thailand for some of the most spectacular dates in Bachelor history. See you there.



"Episode 1709" - Romantic adventures await Sean and the final three women - AshLee, Catherine and Lindsay - as they travel to spectacular Si Kao, Thailand. From an authentic Thai market with unusual foods to a secluded beach surrounded by a rain forest to a sexy afternoon boat ride on Thailand's sparkling waters, the dates are filled with passion and excitement as Sean continues to explore what his future would be like with each of these potential mates. At the end of the evening Sean will present each bachelorette with an invitation to spend an intimate night together in a "fantasy suite," with the hope that she will accept. But will she? This week finishes with Sean making his most painful decision yet and leaving one devastated and inconsolable bachelorette not talking to him at all, on "The Bachelor," MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Sean's Southeast Asian adventure begins with his whisking Lindsay away to an authentic Thai market - featuring all kinds of strange food, fish and bugs. The couple even share a meal of crickets, but then head to a romantic beach where they can let their feelings show. That night Thai dancers perform especially for them. But will Lindsay finally proclaim her love for the Bachelor? The fantasy suite would be the perfect opportunity for her to open up to Sean -- but will she?

AshLee's dream date will end on a private beach encircled by a rainforest, but to get there, the couple will need to swim through a pitch-black cave. Sean knows this bachelorette has trouble letting go and waits to see how she will react to this type of adventure. However, when he offers up the fantasy suite card, the situation is even more tense. AshLee draws a moral line in the sand. How will Sean receive her declaration?

For his final date, Sean surprises Catherine with an afternoon boat ride through the gleaming waters around Thailand. Catherine tries to reassure Sean that she is ready for a commitment, but her family's doubts make him question her sincerity. Later that night, the couple imagine what a future life together might look like, but will Catherine take the ultimate leap of faith and accept the chance to stay in the fantasy suite with Sean?

The Bachelor decides to discuss the final three women and his upcoming decision with Chris Harrison. He feels he knows what he must do, but Chris implores him to watch the touching video messages each bachelorette has left him. Will that change his mind? In the most intense rose ceremony yet, Sean sends one woman home in tears, her heart and spirit crushed. She is so upset that she leaves without talking to him. The remaining two women look forward to meeting Sean's family in Thailand. Sean's quest for love is drawing to a close, but the question isn't only whom he will choose, but whether she'll accept.

The three women are:

AshLee, 32, personal organizer, Houston, TX
Catherine, 26, graphic designer, Seattle, WA
Lindsay, 24, substitute teacher, Fort Leonard Wood, MO


The Bachelor's Sean Lowe Blogs About Hometown Dates

Sean Lowe is the star of season 17 of The Bachelor, which airs Mondays on ABC. The hunky Dallas businessman and entrepreneur is blogging about his romantic journey for PEOPLE.com.

I was eager to start my week of hometown dates on The Bachelor. As hard as it was to say goodbye to Leslie at the rose ceremony in St. Croix, I was very confident that the remaining four women were the best for me.

I started my week in Houston with AshLee and her parents. She had been a frontrunner from the beginning because she was the type of woman I was looking for: loving, compassionate, sweet and nurturing. My only reservations were about AshLee's intensity and her inability to let loose and have fun.

After meeting her parents, I could see where her big heart comes from. Her mom and dad were both so kind and loving and I could tell they genuinely wanted their daughter to be happy. It was easy to imagine myself being part of her family. Despite not being as fun and carefree as the other women, AshLee's big heart and desire to love made me overlook it.

I never wanted to say goodnight to Catherine. We always had a good time together and being around her was so easy and natural. I was thrilled to see her in at home in Seattle. We had so much fun walking through Pike's Place Market and I loved seeing her favorite spots. But meeting Catherine's family was pretty intimidating! They seemed skeptical about me and I'm not sure they believed that this could work. Her sisters also told me that Catherine had a strong desire to pursue a career in New York and that she may not be ready to settle down. I found it strange that they were telling me this, yet Catherine had never mentioned it. I'm all for supporting her dreams, but I wished she'd shared those dreams with me. I left Seattle knowing that I had a desire to be with Catherine, but just wasn't sure if our lives aligned.
Meeting Lindsay's family was something I had been thinking about for quite some time. Her father is a two-star general, but I was more eager to meet her mom. Lindsay has such strength and had been so supportive Ė and I knew she got that from her mom. Both parents were great. He was not the intimidating figure I imagined, and her mother was so warm and welcoming. My favorite member of Lindsay's family may have been her brother Marcus. He was the sweetest kid I've ever met and he made it clear he wanted me to be a part of their family. I was amazed at how well I fit in. They were so similar to my family and I felt so comfortable in their home. The girl in the wedding dress was now a clear frontrunner who had stolen my heart.

Every time Desiree spoke of her family, she would get very emotional. It was easy to see how much she loved them and how badly she wanted what her parents have. The whole "boyfriend" coming to the house totally fooled me. In hindsight I should have seen it coming, but I totally bought it. At one moment I was almost positive I was going to have to throw the guy out or I was going to have to throw myself out because maybe Des wanted to be with him instead of me. I was relieved and pretty embarrassed to find out it was all a joke. Des definitely got me back for punking her on the art gallery date.

I finally got to meet her family and I absolutely fell in love with her mom and dad. They were possibly the sweetest people I had ever met and they were so accepting of me and my relationship with Des. Her brother was a different story though. I'm still confused as to what led her brother to call me a playboy and a fake. He decided to attack my character and integrity and I honestly don't know what provoked him. Regardless, he doesn't know me and he sure as hell can't speak to my integrity. As badly as I wanted to go off on him, I had to hold back because I didn't want to cause a huge scene and embarrass Des and her parents. Her brother didn't affect the way I looked at Des, but it did make me wonder if I could be in the same family as her brother.
'Excruciating' Rose Ceremony
I walked into the rose ceremony not knowing who was going home. I felt confident in giving a rose to AshLee and Lindsay, but I had questions about Des and Catherine. In the end, I gave the rose to Catherine over Des because I couldn't picture saying goodbye to Catherine yet. But saying goodbye to Des was awful. She was telling me I was a making a mistake and I was starting to believe her. I wasn't ready to see her go, but I knew if I kept her I'd have to send someone else home in her place and I wasn't prepared to do that. It was an excruciating, confusing and emotional night, and I was just praying that I wouldn't regret my decision.

As always, thanks for watching!


Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelor' episode 9

After an emotional week back home here in Los Angeles where we said goodbye to Desiree, we headed off to the exotic country of Thailand. I canít remember a season where you couldíve imagined our bachelor end up with each and every one of the final four ladies. The exotic dates of course mean one thing, and thatís the arrival of the infamous fantasy suite card. Much has been made of Sean and these overnight dates and this is the very reason I think the fantasy suite cards are great. It forces a situation and a conversation that needs to be had in a serious relationship and at this point thatís where these relationships are. What really happened in these fantasy suites? Well, as Sean told me during the special last week, itís no oneís business. But what these suites do provide these couples is much needed alone time off-camera.

Going into this week we knew that AshLee has been a front-runner from the beginning. Her hometown was amazing, and the date in Thailand and time in the fantasy suite were fantastic, as far as we know. So the big question is, what happened? Talking to Sean, it may just have been a case of the last two women, Catherine and Lindsay, really making bold impressions this week. To be honest I really think Sean got it right. When you look at these final three, I think Catherine and Lindsay really represent something different for Sean and bring out a much different side of him than AshLee does. If you notice when Sean is with Catherine and Lindsay he laughs more and he seems more comfortable. Their relationships are much more playful and thatís something thatís appealing to Sean. Itís not that he didnít have fun with AshLee ó he did, but it was different.

I really think AshLee, being a little older than Sean and the other women, is in a little different place in her life. She carries herself differently, presents herself differently, and went through this whole process with a different mindset than the other two women. While this was all very appealing to Sean, in the end I think he realized after spending time with Catherine and Lindsay that he wasnít ready for that, and ultimately thatís not exactly what heís looking for. Catherine and Lindsay definitely seem to be more on the same level as Sean. They seem to all be looking for exactly the same thing and are at the same station in their life.

Standing at the rose ceremony as I looked at the final three women you could clearly see one of these just isnít like the other. AshLee was definitely the odd woman out. Clearly she had no idea what was coming. She had all the confidence in the world that Sean was going to choose her. So when Sean gave Catherine that final rose and sent her home she was completely blindsided. It was that confusion that led to a somewhat emotional exit for AshLee. She was so confused and hurt that she not only didnít let Sean explain his decision, she didnít say a word herself. Iíll be interested to hear what all of you think of AshLeeís exit and how she acted. It seemed to be an honest emotional response to a tough situation. Iím looking forward to sitting down and speaking with AshLee next week at The Women Tell All so we can finally hear her thoughts on what she thinks happened. It will be interesting to see her finally get a chance to see Sean and speak to him for the first time since that day in Thailand.

Before I wrap this up I have to once again give major props to our crew. The day of the rose ceremony the skies opened up and it began to pour. We had planned to have the rose ceremony on the beach this week. As the hour approached, the skies got darker and it rained even harder. So at the last moment, after preparing all week for a beachside rose ceremony, we made the call to move it into the lobby of the hotel. In a matter of about an hour our art and lighting departments and our crew led by our director Ken Fuchs busted their butts and created a rose ceremony set that looked like it had been planned all week. I truly canít put into words how good these people are at their jobs. What they do in perfect conditions is stunning, but when they pull off a stunt like this and make it look flawless, Iím just in awe of them.

As I mentioned, next Monday night is The Women Tell All. This is a truly unique season with so many different stories, so Iím really looking forward to this. I know you all want to hear from Sarah and find out how sheís doing. Desiree will get to talk about that dreadful hometown date and her brother. But of course the woman Iím looking most to sitting down with is Tierra. I really want to hear her side of the story and find out what she was thinking and if sheís learned anything from this experience. Oh, and we have bloopers!  Iíll see you next week for The Women Tell All, then in two weeks March 11th itís the three-hour Bachelor finale event. We will be live from Los Angeles with a studio audience watching the finale along with you and then roll live right into the After the Final Rose special. As usual you can always stay up to date on all things Bachelor by following me on twitter and instagram @chrisbharrison.


The Bachelor's Sean Lowe Blogs About Sending AshLee Home

Sean Lowe is the star of season 17 of The Bachelor, which airs Mondays on ABC. The hunky Dallas businessman and entrepreneur is blogging about his romantic journey for PEOPLE.com.

I knew my week in Thailand would be difficult. This was the week on The Bachelorette that Emily Maynard sent me home in Curacao, so it conjured up feelings of heartbreak. I also knew as The Bachelor I would have to do the same thing to one of the final three women, whom I cared for deeply. And I felt the stress of caring for each woman equally.

I had hoped that I would have a clear favorite by that point, but that wasn't the case. The final three all had a piece of my heart and it was up to me to figure out who was best suited for me.

I couldn't wait to see Lindsay. It felt like it had been weeks since we spent time together in her hometown. We always had such a fun time together, so I knew she would be the perfect person to explore with in Thailand. Going to the market with Lindsay was such an incredible experience. She was willing to try everything, including fried bugs and chicken feet.

After we had our fill of food, we ventured to the beach, which was home to a ton of monkeys. This was one of the coolest experiences of my life and I was so happy to be sharing the moment with someone I cared for so much. As Lindsay and I were kissing in the ocean, I remember thinking about how happy she made me and what a comforting feeling it was. We ended our day with dinner and a performance by traditional Thai dancers.

Everything about my time with Lindsay felt right and I knew I was starting to fall in love with her. Hearing her tell me she loved me solidified what I saw in her eyes every time she looked at me.

Life with AshLee?
I was excited for my date with AshLee for so many reasons. It had been almost ten days since seeing her in Houston and I missed her. AshLee was a frontrunner from the very first night. She seemed to have everything that I was looking for Ė and I think she was the best for me on paper.

However, I was definitely aware that I didn't seem to laugh as much with AshLee as I did with Lindsay and Catherine. AshLee was always very intense and I had to decide if I could be with someone who didn't share my sense of humor.

Our date was incredible, though. Swimming through the cave and finding the beach was one of the coolest things I've ever done. As AshLee and I talked on the beach I kept asking myself if I could marry her, and the answer always seemed to be yes.

I started to convince myself that I could overlook the lack of laughter because her other qualities were so wonderful. We finished the date with dinner by the ocean and I thought it was so great that AshLee voiced her concerns about the overnight date. I think she was really relieved to know that I shared her same outlook. We spent the rest of the evening talking about the future. Once again, I could envision my life with AshLee.

After sending Des home, I wondered if I would wake up and realize that I had made a mistake. Fortunately, that was not the case. Instead, I woke up and realized that I couldn't get enough of Catherine. I was always so happy around her and I think despite our different lifestyles, we were actually a really good fit together. Her sense of humor, her adventurous nature and her intellect kept me wanting more.

Our snorkeling date was fun, but my favorite part came later. That storm swept in so quickly, and we rushed back to the boat for cover but the moment seemed too romantic not to share a kiss in the rain. I knew I was falling in love with Catherine. That realization led me to the next one ... I had to send AshLee home.

Agonizing Decision
I've said from the very beginning that I was looking for my best friend. Being with Lindsay and Catherine seemed like they could be that. I didn't have the same feeling when I was with AshLee. Of course, she brought me joy and I could picture her being my loving wife and a fantastic mother to our children, but I knew I needed more.

I want to create a home full of laughter and I need to share my life with someone who is adventurous. And as much as I wanted that person to be AshLee, I knew that it wasn't.

Watching AshLee's video blog was agonizing because I knew that she had given her whole heart to me and I was about to break it. I absolutely dreaded the rose ceremony. I did not want to blindside AshLee the way Emily blindsided me. After taking a deep breath and handing the last rose to Catherine, I was really upset to see AshLee's reaction. Not because it made it more difficult for me, but because I knew she wouldn't have closure if she didn't allow me the chance to explain myself.

All I wanted to do was console her and give her closure and talk it out. But I could tell that she wanted to leave my side as quickly as she could. Who was I to try and stop her? It was agonizing.

It was an emotional rollercoaster to experience such a low and then to walk back and look into the eyes of two women I loved. I remember thinking, I only have one more week to figure out who is the better fit for me Ė and that I was going to needevery second of that time.

Thanks for watching,



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