By Chris Harrison
Updated August 24, 2010 at 05:03 AM EDT

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Image Credit: Craig Sjodin/ABC They say that love…. We’ll continue that song in just a bit. Let’s begin this week with a kiss. Who knew a simple little kissing contest would tear the world apart like it did in the house this week. Ashley is a high school teacher and felt like she would be compromising her values and letting her students down by taking part, so she pulled out of the competition. I have to go with my original feeling about it that day and say I respect the move. She felt like a hypocrite and I respect anybody for standing up for what they believe. As for Gia, I wasn’t so sure. She had already competed in over half the competition, so I’m not sure why she decided to step away when she did. I know she was struggling with it and got emotional, but I was a little surprised when she walked away. I think it’s pretty safe to say her heart wasn’t in it and she had no chance of winning, but seeing as how she got sent home it essentially cost her a quarter of a million dollars. I was also surprised at how serious the lip-locking got. As Elizabeth so eloquently said, “I got tongue from most of the guys.” Elizabeth and Natalie were easily the most aggressive during the contest. We gave them a rough seven-second count to kiss each guy, and most of the time I had to tell Natalie and Elizabeth that their time was up. Oddly enough the guys didn’t like the rough stuff. They went with the softer, gentler Peyton. As for the girls they picked David. David took Nikki, Krisily and Natalie to Vegas. They spent some time at the Bare pool at the Mirage. Natalie did bare it and surprise, surprise she got the rose. I’m not saying guys are easy to figure out, but it’s not exactly algebra is it? (If you’re really good at algebra then insert something you’re not good at here.) It’s smart of Natalie and David to keep their relationship on the down low. Considering the trouble Kovacs and Kiptyn are in, this seems like a good play.

Peyton’s date was much more interesting because we haven’t heard or seen much of her up to this point. After last week’s disaster where the outsiders’ plan fell apart, Peyton wisely decided to take matters into her own hands and get on a winning team. She was not only able to switch sides and become an insider, but she also found herself in the middle of a relationship with Jesse B. It will be interesting to see how this relationship flourishes as the show continues. The fantasy suite that Peyton and Jesse B. stayed in was the master bedroom in the house. We’ve kept it locked up to this point so nobody had gone inside yet. During taping of The Bachelor, this is one of the rooms where all the girls stay. Easily the most talked about thing this week is Gia and Wes. I absolutely love that Wes whipped out the guitar and serenaded Gia with our favorite song. Even better was Gia who said she doesn’t remember hearing a song where she listened to the lyrics like this one. Apparently she didn’t watch Jillian’s season of The Bachelorette. I recall hearing it a couple of times back then. Just when we all thought that it couldn’t get any better, Gia gave us the line that will go down in Bachelor Pad history, calling Wes a “modern day Shakespeare, but better and cuter.” First of all, Will was a damn fine lookin’ man and could turn a phrase with the best of them, but in all fairness to Wes, Shakespeare is nothing in Chihuahua, Mexico. Wes obviously fell head over heels in love with Gia, and he did everything he could to tear the alliances in the house apart and keep Gia around. Alas, in the end it wasn’t enough, and now Wes has to watch his back as he burned some bridges trying to keep her around. Funny what love can do to a guy. “They say that love don’t come easy”—truer words have never been sung!

I want to thank you all very much for watching Bachelor Pad, and I also hope you’ll join me at the Emmys this Sunday, August 29. I’ll be talking to all of your favorite TV stars as I host the Emmy red carpet show live at 3 p.m. PT/6p.m. ET on TV Guide Network. If you promise to watch, I promise not to wear a checkered shirt with a lavender tie! As always, please leave your comments below, and you can always find me on twitter @chrisbharrison or on Facebook.

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