Colton says he can tell his mother anything, but with his dad it’s more of a “coach-player type of relationship.” That’s sad, but at least Colton’s able to recognize the dynamics he’s dealing with. Interestingly enough, while Colton hasn’t told his dad that he’s a virgin, pops does apparently know that he dated Tia for a hot minute — and the two of them chat about it during their alone time. “I addressed it like a man,” Colton tells his dad. Scott is “proud” of his son, but wants to know more about how Colton knows that Becca is ready to be engaged after the whole Arie debacle. “There’s another hard conversation to have,” he tells Colton — and darned if dad doesn’t decide to have it himself with Becca.
“I feel like we’ve scratched the surface on that,” says Becca. “But he hasn’t really dived deep and asked those questions of me.” (He did, however, dive deep for that conch). Colton may not have gone there, but dad is more than ready to lay things bare: “Unless you truly care the same about him, I don’t want you to pick him,” he says. “It’s better to have someone hurt now than down the road, if it’s the wrong decision.”
Let’s hear it for sensible parents who refuse to BS for the cameras! When Becca sits down with Donna, she tentatively brings up her “concern” about the fact that Colton has not been “that intimate with women,” and wants to know if mom thinks he’s ready to commit. Donna can’t believe she’s saying this, but the answer is yes. “Before I just talked to him, I’d have been pretty skeptical,” she says. “If he’s falling in love with you, then he’s ready to make the next step.” Becca’s all, Hmmmm… sounds promising, but why hasn’t he said “I love you” yet? Funny you should ask.
Ooooh, in just under the wire! What a finish! But will it be enough to keep him around for Fantasy Suite dates? Before Becca can make that call, she needs to fly back to L.A. and consult with her TV besties: Bekah, Kendall, Caroline, Tia, and Seinne. As Becca regales them with stories about her hometown dates, Tia seems a little uncomfortable.
What’s the matter, girl? Did Timmy fall down the well? Just as Becca is filling the women in on her visit with Colton’s family, Tia literally raises her hand and asks the Bachelorette if they could talk somewhere one-on-one. Once outside, she drops this bombshell: “When I think about Colton, if I’m being completely honest with myself, I do feel like I still have feelings for Colton.” In fact, Tia continues, Colton being this far along on Becca’s “journey” makes her “sick in my stomach.” As you can tell, Becca does NOT love it.
“Well f—, I wish I would have known that,” sighs Becca. “I did think that we had put that behind us.” So did Tia, probably, until producers invited her to Bachelor in Paradise — perhaps with a caveat: Oh, and hey, wouldn’t it be fun if Colton came along too? We all know Becca’s not going to choose a virgin, after all.
Becca asks Tia to give her some time alone so she can think things over and vent some of her anger to the camera. “It makes me frustrated, it makes me angry,” Becca says. While she doesn’t want to lose a friendship “over a guy,” she also doesn’t want to ignore the great day she just had with Colton (who, by the way, now says he loves her). What is a beleaguered Bachelorette to do???
Night falls, and Chris Harrison greets the men one by one for the rose ceremony. Wait, did Blake come straight from his shift at Shakey’s pizza?
Meanwhile, now that Colton has told Becca he’s a virgin, he seems to want to bring it up with everyone — including Chris Harrison.
The host manages to keep a straight face while assuring Colton that the only “expectations” he should worry about are the ones he and Becca decide on together. But are all of Colton’s concerns about to be rendered moot? Hand out those roses, girl!
Sorry Colton, but thanks to Tia’s last-minute interference you will not be visiting the Fantasy Suite with Becca. During their conversation on the Bye-Bye Bench, Becca doesn’t sell out her friend and instead gently tells Colton he’s just not the one. “I’m sorry,” she whispers. “I don’t know what else to say — I feel so bad.” Of course you do, honey, but try not to worry — there’s a good chance Colton will have a new showmance in his future.
Before Becca and her final three head to Thailand, rose lovers, I want to hear your thoughts about tonight’s episode. Do you think Colton would have made it to the final three if Tia hadn’t confessed to Becca? Either way, did Becca make a mistake, or was she just not that into Colton? And would you want to marry a man who can’t cook, clean, or fix his own brakes? Post your thoughts below!
The Bachelorette airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.