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Helene Eksterowicz's 'Bachelor' Episode 3 Recap: Girls Are Jumping Ship!

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Every Tuesday, Philly2Philly will offer a recap on the latest episode of "The Bachelor." And who better than to give her insights than our very own Helene Eksterowicz! As most of you know, Helene was the winner of Season 2 of "The Bachelor." Helene will give her opinions as well as some advice for the contestants as they vie for the affections of Brad Womack throughout out the next several weeks.

And we want YOU to get involved too!  Feel free to offer your comments at the bottom of the page, or email Helene at helene@philly2philly.com  Philly2Philly will also have contest as to who will be given the final rose. Details of the contest will be released soon.  Here's Helene!

A one on one Date Between Ashley S. and Brad

The 3rd episode of Bachelor 15 starts off with a one on one date with Ashley S. and Brad WoHelene Bachelormack. Ashley S. was the girl who Brad gave the first impression rose to on the first night and so he definitely is already interested in her. Brad feels very comfortable around her and that’s good because they are both going to record a love song at Capitol Records.

They have to sing “Kiss from a Rose” by Seal and both are not good singers (neither am I and so I’m not judging). Seal makes a surprise appearance and sings the song as intended while Brad and Ashley get very cozy together. The song is very significant to Ashley S. because she and her late father loved that song. Later she tells Brad about this over their romantic sushi dinner together on the roof of Capitol Records. I can see Brad and Ashley S. getting closer during this date and he enjoys her free and fun nature. Of course, he ends up giving her the rose.

A Group Date With Brad

The next is a group date where Brad and the girls film action sequences to an action-adventure movie. Brad wants a girl who can get down and dirty and during this date, Shawntel rises to the occasion and definitely impresses Brad. And she has a few good make-out sessions with Brad too during the filming. Michelle seems very annoyed and upset during this time that she isn’t getting the attention that she wants from Brad but what’s new?

After the filming, Brad takes the girls to a night time pool party. During this time, Brad tries to have some one on one time with Chantal O. (who he seems more and more smitten with). During another private conversation with Alli, Michelle disrupts their time together and steals her first kiss with Brad. I didn’t see the fireworks and grand reaction that Michelle described and I still think that her aggressive antics, over confidence, and attention seeking ways aren’t pulling Brad any closer to her as she hopes. At the end of the date, he ends up giving the rose to Shawntel, who impressed him during the filming and notes that he is “wildly attracted” to her and wants her to stick around. Andbrad womack dartboard Michelle is pissed again!

Emily Gets the Last Date

The last date goes to Emily, the frontrunner of his romantic competition for Brad’s affection. During the last group date, Emily confides to the other girls at the house about her fiancé who died in a plane crash and about her daughter. During their one on one date, Emily knows that she has to open up to Brad and tell him about this which causes her a lot of anxiety. Brad whisks Emily away by plane to a winery in the countryside in hopes to get to know her better.

On the date, Emily doesn’t open up to Brad initially while having lunch and Brad notices this. He feels that he is very attracted to her and calls her the “frontrunner” and really wants to feel a romantic connection to her but can’t if she can’t open up to him fully. But later in the date, Brad and Emily get cozy in a candlelit barn (can you say fire hazard?!) where Emily opens up to Brad about her past heartbreak and precious daughter.

Brad is so pleased that she has opened up to him and feels that they are getting closer, which he wants. They share some sweet kisses at the end of the date and Brad ends to saying to Emily that he likes her “a lot” three times in a row! He ends up giving her the rose at the end of the date and later notes that he can definitely see a future with Emily. I think she is still the frontrunner to me!

The Cocktail Party

Lastly, the cocktail party arrives and Brad is faced with some decisions. But after hearing about Emily’s story, Madison is having some second thoughts about her feelings and thoughts about remaining on the show further and tells Brad about it. Brad seems to want her to stay but understands if she wants to leave. Ashley H. from Philly also has a heart to heart talk with Brad and confesses that she really likes Brad and that if he doesn’t feel the same way, then he should let you go. He tells her not to go and to hold on to the great times they had during their one on one date last episode. He even leaves and then comes back to further reassure Emily that she has nothing to worry about and that he wants her there.

The cocktail party goes on, Michelle tries to steal him away a few times more, and Brad ultimately narrows down his choices. In the end, he ends up giving roses to Michelle, Chantal O., Lisa, Jackie, Ashley H., Marissa, Britt, Alli, Lindsay, Meghan, and Stacey. Also, during the rose ceremony, Madison ends up walking off the stage and tells Brad that she has decided to leave the show which leaves Brad puzzled but accepting of it. Kimberly and Sarah P. end up leaving the show without roses but still looking for love.

Tune in next week for another exciting recap and to see what these women will do in order to secure their fate and relationship with Brad! Things are heating up and so stay tuned!!

Ex-Bachelor star and winner Helene Eksterowicz is also a co-writer of a dating/self help book called "Nobody’s Perfect" featured on Amazon.com  and Barnes and Noble  a few years ago. Drawing from her reality show dating experience, her background in psychology, and her belief in true love and relationships, Helene is setting out to bring some love back to Philly and help spotlight some eligible singles in order to hopefully find some love matches for others.

You can contact Helene at helene@philly2philly.com

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