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Cliffhanger leaves Lauren B's fate in doubt


A rose ceremony will kick of the Feb. 8 episode of "The Bachelor"

Episode 5 of “The Bachelor” showed its audience even more of what it’s grown tired of, or maybe relished — for those into reality television train wrecks — as contestant Olivia started even more controversy back at the Bachelor mansion. The episode also left fans with a bit of a cliffhanger, as the rose ceremony, which traditionally closes out every episode, was pushed to the beginning of Episode 6 set to take place next Monday.

For the uninitiated, the premise for ABC's hit reality show is one man dating numerous women at once, trying to find his soul mate. Lauren Bushnell

The good news is that West Linn contestant Lauren Bushnell (Lauren B) remained in contention to win Bachelor Ben Higgins’ heart and the last rose on the show. For the second straight week, however, she didn’t play as prominent of a role on the episode of some of the other contestants, particularly Olivia and Jubilee.

While Olivia’s continued belittlement of the other contestants came as no surprise, the episode’s most impactful moment certainly did. After a group date that saw Bushnell and Jubilee take first place in a cooking competition, the war veteran pulled Ben aside at the ensuing cocktail party to talk about her feelings and concerns. Jubilee talked about her difficulties with the show and that it was hard for her to fully open up with Higgins, which prompted him to send her home packing early.

Bushnell’s main air time came when Higgins pulled the 26-year-old flight attendant away from the other girls to walk the streets of Mexico City. The pair talked about the fast growth of their relationship between bouts of kissing and intimacy.

Despite the moment, Olivia was given the group date rose, much to the disappointment of the other women, fueling what could best be described as a victory parade of gloating from the news anchor.

After contestant Lauren H was given a rose for her one-on-one date with Higgins, attention turned to the cocktail party leading up to the rose ceremony. Contempt among contestants quickly hit a new high after Olivia made a comment about contestant Amanda. The single mother of two opened up with the other women about her previous marriage, prompting Olivia to respond: “It’s like an episode of ‘Teen Mom.’”

Angered by the latest menacing act, contestant Emily went to Ben to tell him about Olivia’s continued malice toward the other girls in the house. Other women later came forward in the episode, leading to Higgins’ questioning of Olivia’s personality and intentions on the show. The episode ended with Higgins asking to speak with Olivia just before the rose ceremony is set to start, where one more woman will be asked to leave the show.

Promos for next week’s episode showed more turmoil among the remaining women as well as some more questioning and uncertainty from Higgins. Bushnell was present in a few of the scenes, indicating she’ll likely survive the rose ceremony that will begin Episode 6 airing Monday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. Check back in with next week’s Tidings for the latest update.