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'I think I could fall in love with Ben'

West Linn's 'Lauren B.' gets another rose after her one-on-one date with "Bachelor" Ben Higgins

BUSHNELLFor West Linn contestant Lauren Bushnell, the third episode of “The Bachelor" was certainly the most entertaining of the current season. The 25-year-old flight attendant went on a one-on-one date with Ben Higgins, sending the pair on a surprise ride in a biplane around Agoura Hills, Calif.

The premise for the reality show is simple: It’s one man, dating numerous women all at once, trying to find his soul mate. Could “Lauren B.” be The One?

On Monday night’s episode, Bushnell and Higgins kissed for the first time while on the plane. Their date continued with a landing on a nearby hillside, where a hot tub and champagne awaited the pair. After more intimacy — something Bushnell said she was anxious about seeing for the first time on national television — the two headed to dinner, where Bushnell and Higgins got their first chance to really open up to one another on camera.

Bushnell told Higgins she wants her future husband to be as good a father to her children as her father, former Lake Oswego resident Dave Bushnell, was to her and her siblings growing up. Higgins responded with a personal anecdote about some recent heart trouble his own father experienced, saying the experience opened his eyes to how much his parents care about one another — something he says he wants more than anything.

The date ended with Higgins offering Bushnell a rose, ensuring her safety in the impending rose ceremony at the end of the episode. Higgins then took the 2008 West Linn High School graduate to a nearby barn, where a private concert awaited the couple.

Later, Bushnell told the camera that “I think I could fall in love with Ben. One-hundred percent I could.” Higgins, for his part, said “This girl is absolutely amazing … All I can think right now is this girl is changing me.”

Tune in next Monday at 8 p.m. on ABC for episode four, and watch for another update in next week’s issue of The Review.

— Andrew Kilstrom