Episode 9 starts right where Episode 8 To Be Continued. Or, rather, slightly before that. We watch Luke, once again, ask to speak with JoJo just before she hands out the first rose of the post-Hometown Date Rose Ceremony. We watch Luke tell JoJo that he loves her. We watch JoJo break down because she’d had every intention of saying goodbye to Luke, but learning that he loved her might have changed her mind. Or perhaps not changed her mind but made her worry she’d regret her decision later. New footage begins with Luke walking back into the Rose Ceremony. Finally JoJo returns, as well. She then hands out roses in the following order:
Jordan (is he too good to be true?)
Robby (he IS too good to be true)
Chase (so good you know she won’t choose him)
Luke is going home. JoJo explains that she struggled with knowing where he stood. He didn’t know he wasn’t saying enough. Allow me to interject. He did say enough, he very clearly showed her how he felt. If she wasn’t seeing it, she was blind. You could have seen his feelings from the moon. I hate to use the term shell-shocked because of his status as a veteran who has seen action, but that’s the best description of his reaction here. He clearly had no idea this was coming. He’s struck that he never truly got the chance to love her and “…that’s, I think, what hurts the most…” (cue Rascall Flatts song of the same name) and perhaps “…it was too little too late…” (cue JoJo song of the same name). Yeah. Those words actually happened like that. You can’t make this stuff up.
Luke is a strong contender to be the next Bachelor. The only flaw would be that episodes would have to run for three hours instead of two because it takes him so long to finish a sentence. Endearing, yes. Made for TV, not so much.
8th Rose Ceremony bracket score: 15. Total bracket score: 181
Leaving Luke and California behind, JoJo and the remaining three head to Hua Hin, Thailand.
They all settle in to the Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa and we go straight into the first date. Robby arrives via tuk tuk to a market where JoJo is waiting for him.
They wander through the stalls until monsoon-level rain starts coming down. They stop for Thai foot massages. Robby reminds her that he told her he loved her very early on. JoJo tells him that his doing so allowed her to feel safer and open up to him. Personally, I feel like the early I-love-you is usually more of a red flag than anything else, but perhaps I’m just jaded and bringing my own distrust of him into things. He says that proposing is the “end goal.” *sigh* No, a proposal is not an end. A proposal is very markedly a beginning, buddy.
After a break to shower and dress up – her in a red dress, he in white paints (yes, paints – as in painted-on pants) – they meet again for dinner.
JoJo brings up Ben and her fantasy date with him. Awkward image to put into a current date’s head, but okay. He shares that when he told his family he loves her they weren’t scared for him, only happy. In fact, his dad wrote him a very sweet (hasty) note (on paper torn from a yellow legal pad) that said, “Stick to your plan.” His plan? Shouldn’t he stick with his heart? Robby gives the note to JoJo as proof of his love. JoJo says she knows she loves Robby. They head off to the fantasy suite.
The next morning (ooh la la!) we see JoJo and Robby sitting in bed, under the covers, with plates of food on the foot of the bed. Careful, people! Don’t kick off the food! JoJo says, “we’re having our first breakfast together!” She chooses not to tell him that she loves him and decides she won’t tell anyone she loves them until the very end.
With that, we’re thrown right into date number two. Jordan arrives via boat to meet JoJo on a beach.
Swim Systems Strappy Hi-Neck Bikini Top / in blue / similar
denim button down shirt – exact unknown / similar / similar
black cut off shorts – exact unknown / similar / similar
Rory Ashton Turquoise Gemstone Choker / similar
They head off on a hike to Phraya Nakhan Cave to see Kuha Karuhas Pavilion. It’s not an easy trip, up and down rough steps carved from rock. Arriving at their destination, they throw down a blanket for a chat. JoJo tells Jordan that her family is coming to Thailand and will meet the last two suitors. He tells her that his only reservation in starting a life with someone is being able to look into his future father in law’s eyes and share an understanding that Jordan will take care of his daughter. Despite his reassurances, JoJo worries Jordan’s not ready to commit to forever.
At dinner that evening JoJo wants to talk about the future.
She asks what his next year looks like. He’s uncertain. (Although Jordan has recently been signed with SEC Network, his job at the time of their conversation was likely with MetPro, a lifestyle and nutrition company that he co-founded.) JoJo thinks his lifestyle involves a lot of movement and being gone for extended periods of time, while he argues he can be wherever she is. When he says he wants to spend the rest of his life with her, she responds “that’s what Ben said.” Now while it’s understandable for previous experiences to influence her perception of current situations, it’s shitty to compare him directly to Ben. For one thing, Jordan isn’t in Ben’s position, SHE is. I digress. She asks how he knows he’s in love with her. He tells her he feels it, he’s a better person with her and sees her when he pictures proposing and on his wedding day. JoJo feels like all of her questions have been answered and she knows she loves him. They head off to the fantasy suite.
The next morning (ooh la la!) we see Jordan and JoJo exit the hotel suite bedroom. JoJo says, “we’re eating our first breakfast together!” Sound familiar? Yeah.
Following her date with Jordan, JoJo realizes she finally understands how Ben felt last season, and how he fell in love with two people. Ah, reality television epiphanies!
Date three! Chase arrives via scooter to meet JoJo in a nondescript location.
They play with some dead fish then take a boat ride together. Arriving at a beach, they throw down a blanket and chat. Despite what is apparently sweltering heat, they remain fully clothed on the blanket before yab yumming. Finally they strip down to swimwear and get in the water.
Cut to clips of Chase sitting alone on a different beach (based on his clothing, that clip was also from a different day). Cut to clip of Robby showing up at JoJo’s hotel room door.
He says he misses her, thinks about her nonstop and can’t help thinking about her other dates. One of which she happens to be in the middle of. Is that sweet? Caring? Or manipulative? When he leaves she confesses that the thought of falling in love with three men makes her sick to her stomach.
During dinner Chase tells JoJo that it’s scary knowing the other guys are still involved. Ha! If you only knew, Chase!
They head off to the fantasy suite. There he tells JoJo he’s 100% in love with her. And JoJo gives him the same face she gave Alex when he said “I love you.” But she lets Chase continue for a while. She kisses him and thanks him for telling her. He says it’s scary but she’s worth it. She says, “hold on, I’ll be right back.”
After spending some time panicking, just about 30 feet from the door to the fantasy suite, JoJo returns. She explains that while she’d been wanting to hear him say those words she didn’t feel what she thought she was going to feel. And if this sounds familiar, it’s because it’s very similar to her response to Alex’s I-love-you. Chase is upset and angry. He tells her he’s shattered and regrets telling her he loved her. JoJo says she was trying not let what happened to her (being blindsided by Ben) happen to him. He says she just did. And I have to say I’m on Team Chase here. This is the third person she’s said goodbye to directly after they told her they loved her. It’s not an oversight, it’s a pattern. Chase walks her to the door and walks off. She goes after him, pleading “I can’t have that be the last thing that you think about when you think about this.” So she broke his heart in his most vulnerable moment, but now wants him to appease her feelings of guilt? Unswayed, he walks away, grabs a beer and gets into the van that will (presumably) take him to the airport. He says it’s like, “pull your pants down and kick me in the nuts.”
Showing up for the Rose Ceremony, Jordan (in cuffed khaki paints) tells Chris he’s feeling confident. Robby (in white paints – yes, “paints” are a thing – and driving moccasins) tells Chris he’s in love with JoJo. JoJo arrives in a flowy dress and possibly no bra.
Viola Chiffon Marilyn Dress – sold out / similar style by Viola / similar
Suzanne Elizabeth Emerald Bay earrings / similar / similar
Jules Vance Single Stitch Necklace / similar / similar
Robyn Rhodes Lety bracelets / similar
Vince Camuto Garadin wedge / similar (also in Episode 8)
Standing before Jordan and Robby, JoJo tells them she sent Chase home. And then Chase walks in.
Pulling her aside, Chase tells her that, after having time to think, he realized he didn’t want their relationship to end on the sour note of the other night. While he insists he’s not asking for a second chance, he does let her know he’d still be open to getting back together down the road.
Chase is also a strong contender for the next season of Bachelor. While Luke is all heart, Chase is able to articulate his own fears, understand where they come from and actively work toward overcoming them. Both guys are classically handsome and well-built. It’s going to be a close call.
Returning to the Rose Ceremony, JoJo offers roses to Jordan, then Robby. Although Robby is clearly disappointed that she called Jordan’s name first, they both accept the roses. And JoJo realizes that she’s in the same shoes as Ben last season because she’s in love with both of them. I believe they call that karma.
Weekly bracket score: 20. Total bracket score: 201. How did you do on Episode 9?