It's that time again!
We've reached that episode of The Bachelorette (ABC, Monday, 8 p.m. ET) -- the one when our fair maiden sizes up her final three suitors, then hands each of them a "get into my pants free" card.
OK, it's actually called a "fantasy suite card." But whatever you call it, it's an invitation for an "intimate overnight date" with no cameras allowed. She may or may not actually do the deed with all of them, but the editing, at least, implies sex with three suitors in three nights. Like test-driving three cars.
This used to seem morally appalling to some people (me, anyway), but six seasons in, it's merely the show's typical format on the third-to-last episode. This late into The Bachelor/Bachelorette's run, no one blinks an eye at in-your-face promiscuity. So nowadays, The Bachelorette's producers have to come up with a more interesting twist to get people talking. As you can see in this preview clip, they found their twist in Frank.
Yes, it's the Already Has a Girlfriend wrinkle -- an issue that's now so common, it's beginning to feel like part of the formula, too. Earlier this season, we went through this with Justin Rego, whose girlfriend from back home called Ali during the Istanbul trip. At least this week's big reveal plays out a little more dramatically, since the cameras are rolling when Frank's girlfriend pleads for his return.
If the preview clip is any indication, there's no doubt that Frank will bow out of the competition. That leaves Ali with the option of sharing the Tahiti fantasy suite with Roberto and Chris L. Will she test-drive them both? Will anyone think any less of her if she does? Probably not.
But that could be a problem for the show. As it gets harder to shock viewers, how can The Bachelorette producers up the ante? A threesome? An intimate fantasy suite date with cameras? I'm sure they'll think of something.
Do you think Ali will pick Roberto, Chris L, or neither? Chime in below!
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