was all about Americana: small towns where everyone knows your name, carnivals, vintage pickup trucks and Mc Donald's.Ben Higgins took the six remaining girls to his hometown of Warsaw, Ind., population 13,559, with a brief stop in Chicago for one Joelle Fletcher.

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Or that he had promised to warn her she wasn't going to be eliminated? The tension pretty much passed when Ben explained where he was coming from, but there was definitely a moment of, like, "Is she going to hit him? This subplot only exists in an attempt to create some tension in Lauren B.'s smooth-sailing story line. acted differently with the other girls than she does with Ben in a last-ditch attempt to make herself stand out. " and Lauren was like, "I don't even know how to respond to this," because no direct allegations were made and there was nothing for her to respond to. This week, during Ben and Lauren's date, it got dragged up again, until Ben said, "You know that I care about you enough where one thing that somebody else says about you wouldn't change everything," which is all that needed to be said in the first place.

It's a transparently manufactured story line that breaks the deal viewers make with The Bachelor (and all reality TV, but especially ).5.

The group date The group date is just Amanda, Becca and Caila, and the rose has increased significance, as it not only grants immunity, it also means its winner will get a hometown date and a one-on-one effective immediately. "Ladies, I'm sorry, but Amanda and I have a date to continue," Ben says, which reads meaner than it sounds. He maybe could have softened the blow a little bit.4. I don't think it's been talked about enough this season, but Caila definitely exists on a different plane than the rest of us earthlings.

Honestly, though, Lauren B.'s seemed like the most fun.

She learned the most about Ben by seeing him in action in the youth center where he used to work, and she probably liked what she saw. And the Pacers who showed up aren't second-tier Pacers: Paul George and George Hill are the best and possibly second-best players on the team (it's a toss-up between Hill and Monta Ellis), and Frank Vogel is the head coach.

If I were a kid at that youth center, I would be freaking out. It seems like he and Jojo get along so well that they don't get much camera time together, because it's boring to watch people get along.Plus, his tour of Warsaw in that obviously borrowed truck and hanging out with his friends at a bar seemed effortless in good way. have such natural chemistry that it almost felt like they would be doing this even of the cameras weren't on. was the only Lauren, but everyone still calls her Lauren B., which is pretty funny. Jojo has perhaps been underrepresented as a strong competitor."I'm more myself around Jojo than I am around any other woman in my life," Ben says. Ben is a good man, but you don't look at him and say, "This is a champion." He has the misguided hope of a Cubs fan.I would be surprised if the two women Ben says he's in love with in the previews are not Lauren and Jojo. He had his heart broken many times before he ever started dating women.7.Don't forget, though, that Jojo doesn't know basic geography. Ben is a Cubs fan The fact that he's a Cubs fan explains so much about Ben. Becca gets testy While most girls get sad when they're eliminated, Becca gets mad. " she whispers sharply as Ben is walking her to the SUV that will whisk her away.Since the remaining contestants all pretty much get along, this episode was light on intra-girl drama, plus the bulk of the running time was one-on-ones, so the awkward moments were less awkward than previous weeks. The Chicago Cubs haven't won a World Series since 1908, the longest championship-less streak in all of American sports. Apparently she thought he had promised her she wasn't going to be eliminated? is fake" story line This is not awkward because it's cringe-worthy, but because it's so obviously forced.