See ya, Singapore – and thanks for the leech therapy! This week, Colton takes his “ladies” to Khao Lak, Thailand, land of beautiful gold Budda statues and plentiful outdoor showers.
Anyhow, the first one-on-one date goes to… Never Been Kissed Heather! And if you’re wondering if these two have chemistry, just check out this white-hot exchange:
Heather: It’s so good to see you! I’m so excited!
Colton: Good to see ya! Are you excited?
Their date kicks off with an “authentic” boat tour of “everything Thailand has to offer.” And for sure, Thailand looks completely gorgeous — if only I weren’t irrationally afraid to travel there after seeing Brokedown Palace one too many times. But enough about me — this is the perfect place to fall in love, and/or the perfect place to have your first kiss! “If there’s ever to be a time I was going to kiss someone,” Heather gushes, “like, this is the setting.”
Meanwhile, back at the hotel… something is wrong with Kirpa’s chin.
Oh, and Elyse is starting to spiral because she didn’t get the one-on-one date… but really, what happened to Kirpa’s chin? Answers will have to wait because Colton and Heather are now exploring a colorful floating market, filled with tacky t-shirts and delicious food. Just look how much Colton is enjoying those prawns:
Yes, Team Bachelor knows that the only thing that really matters about this date is if Heather will finally lose her kissing virginity — so they’re trolling us (and her) by giving us lot of unappetizing close-ups of Colton’s lips and emphasizing all the awkward silences.
Is all hope lost? At dinner, Heather details her past dating woes — basically, she dated a really nice guy for 8 months, but she just wasn’t that into him — and that emboldens Colton to admit he’s a little nervous about being her first kiss, because, like, that’s a lot of pressure. Heather assures him that she will not view his smooch as a binding marriage contract, so he leans over and… picks up the date rose! (It was quite the fake-out, gotta say.)
During the post-rose walk on the beach, Heather and Colton make more small talk, as they stand on their mark and wait for the fireworks display to begin. When it finally does, Colton makes his (in no way suggested by the producers) move:
“I have kissed a boy!” Heather declares triumphantly after the smooch. “Literally, there was fireworks!” As for the Bachelor, he insists that the kiss was “magic” and that he’s “on a high, and I don’t think there’s anything that can ruin it.” (Next: Something ruins it)
Chris Harrison hosts the veteran reality romance series. Will you accept this rose?