‘The Bachelorette’ recap: Andi wants the whole truth and nothing but the truth in Italy

After decisively eliminating three men last week, “The BacheloretteAndi Dorfman spent week six questioning her decisions. Did she know Nick as well as she thought she did? Was Josh hiding something from her? Did she really have feelings for personal trainer Cody? She answered some of those questions, but maybe not all.

The Bachelorette’ episode five: Andi doesn’t hesitate to send three men packing

Unfortunately for Cody, who got his first ever one-on-one date this week when the show visited Italy, one thing Andi was sure about was that she didn’t have feelings for him, so before he could finish outpouring his emotions – he was already prepared for Andi to meet his family – she tearfully delivered the crushing blow and sent him home immediately. It was the first one-on-one date of the season to end in an elimination.

Cody’s ouster came at the end of a romantic excursion to Verona, Italy, where they both swooned over the city’s famous history as the setting of Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet.” They answered letters to Juliet, which the town receives from lovers around the world hoping for advice from the fictional heroine. Cody wrote one himself, asking Juliet for advice about Andi since she “lived the greatest love story of all time.”

Cody and Andi, like many romantics, seemed to gloss over the fact that Shakespeare’s “greatest love story” ends in a double suicide, so it’s both ironic and rather fitting that they ended their date true to the classic play: with mutual heartbreak.

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That wasn’t the only heart Andi broke in Italy: during the rose ceremony at the end of the week, she eliminated J.J., thus retiring “pantsapreneur” from my “Bachelorette” vocabulary.

J.J.’s elimination came after he expressed his displeasure about what he felt were insincere congratulations given when other men get a rose. When competing for Andi’s hand in marriage, he argued, how can you celebrate her bond with someone else? It turned out he had good cause to complain, since his loss turned out to be the other men’s gain at week’s end.

J.J. wasn’t the only man stirring controversy this week. Nick elicited resentment from his fellow contestants when Andi selected him for a second one-on-one date, during which she hoped to resolve her doubts after she found out last week that he was disliked by the other contestants. He allayed her fears and received an early rose, but didn’t win any new friends among his rivals when he pulled Andi aside for more alone-time during the end-of-week cocktail party.

Perhaps the only thing more unpopular than Nick this week was the group date activity. After making the men strip, sing, and mime in previous weeks, it was time for a group interrogation: Andi had the men answer questions for a lie detector test, including such pertinent queries as whether they’re on the show “for the right reason” and if they wash their hands after they use the bathroom.

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Even though Andi tore up the results without reading them, it still left Josh wondering if she really trusted him. They argued about the choice of activity, but there were enough strong feelings between them for Andi to give him a rose at the end of the episode.

The lie detector date worked out better for Chris, who used the opportunity for some truth-telling of his own: he confessed that he was the secret admirer who had been sending her anonymous love letters, and she gave him an early rose for his revelation.

The six remaining contestants are as follows:

Brian, 27, a basketball coach from Camp Hill, PA
Chris, 32, a farmer from Arlington, IA
Dylan, 26, an accountant from Boston, MA
Josh M., 29, a former professional baseball player from Atlanta, GA
Marcus, 25, a sports medicine manager from Dallas, TX
Nick V., 33, a software sales executive from Chicago, IL

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