‘The Bachelorette’ Recap: Bryden Vukasin Dumps Desiree Hartsock; Ben Scott & Mikey Tenerelli Sent Home
The Bachelorette’s fifth episode of the season saw Desiree Hartsock's 11 remaining would-be suitors arrive in Munich, Germany for the week’s dates. After they get the run-down of what could be expected for the coming events from Chris Harrison, they’re sent off to get settled into their hotel rooms.
Chris Siegfried receives the first date card, which reads in German, “In Munich, we can fall in love with each other.” When he meets up with Desiree, they take to the streets of Munich, where Des reveals it’s her first time in Europe. They go shopping, dine on some German sausages, don some traditional German garb and even dance to polka music. Meanwhile, back at the hotel, Bryden Vukasin tells the nine other guys that he’s just not feeling a connection with the bachelorette.
After making the decision to tell Desiree and take his leave of the dating competition, Bryden sets out to find her on her date with Chris. So in the midst of her date with one guy, Des gets unceremoniously dumped by another. She puts on a brave face and is able to enjoy the remainder of her day with Chris, which included a romantic dinner in a castle and a poem that Chris wrote for her. Des gives Chris the first rose of the evening, and the two end their date dancing to a private concert by Matt White.
For the group date, Des is accompanied by Juan Pablo Galavis, James Case, Zak Wadell, Brooks Forester, Drew Kenney, Mikey Tenerelli and Kasey Stewart to the top of a mountain to hone their yodeling skills. After the yodeling lesson, they enjoy some sledding before partaking of a meal of beer and pretzels in an igloo. Des gives James some lip action during their one-on-one time, but Brooks receives the rose.
Michael Garofola and Ben Scott are the two remaining men, who are set to have a three-way date with Des. It’s clear that the date won’t go smoothly after Michael tears Ben apart in a confessional and the two share a painfully silent limo ride to meet with the bachelorette. To make matters worse, the date revolves around Des putting the Michael and Ben in awkward situations together – including some alone time stranded in the midst of a body of water. Michael takes the opportunity to chastise Ben’s parenting and his inability to bond with the rest of the guys. When they return to Des’ side, Michael continues his line of attack until Ben excuses himself. Des seems to think Michael’s claims hold water and gives him the rose, sending Ben packing.
In a surprising move, Des decides to cancel the customary cocktail party that serves to help her make her final decision about who will receive the roses. Instead, she gets right to doling them out to Zak, Kasey, Juan Pablo, Drew, Brooks, Michael and James. Mikey is going home, much to the chagrin of Kasey and Drew. The two had overheard James boasting about how he was using the show to boast his dating profile back home, and had hopes of making it to the final four and securing the role of the next Bachelor. After last night, he's one step closer.
The Bachelorette airs Mondays on ABC at 8//7c.