Will Olivia Caridi continue to terrorize The Bachelor or will she be sent packing? That's the question fans are asking after Monday night's episode ended with a cliff-hanger before the final rose ceremony. Alas, the most despised Texan's fate is undecided until next week.
The man on a mission for love, Ben Higgins, and his gaggle of pretty ladies traveled to Mexico City during week five of the series, where tensions (predictably) ran high and plenty of tears were (predictably) shed. What viewers didn't expect was Higgins' interaction with the infamous Caridi.
In weeks leading up to Mexico City, the couple had been on the rocks. The Austin-based news anchor attempted to perform a burlesque dance during the group's stint in Las Vegas but looked more awkward than sexy. Before that, she neglected to focus on anything aside from her physical imperfections (hello, cankles). Cute, right?
Fans thought this week would be her demise, but ashes from the duo's early flames rekindled in Mexico.
Caridi and eight other women joined Higgins on a group date first to a Spanish class then to Restaurante Carbón where they were split into pairs and were tasked with cooking a meal. The catch: They could only use their new second language to purchase ingredients from an in-house produce, seafood and meat market.
Characteristically, Caridi seized the opportunity to claim Higgins as her partner first. The duo wasn't a stellar culinary pair -- the restaurant's owners judged each dish and said their sandwich topped with crickets looked like dog food -- but the solo time worked in the Texan's favor. Somehow, by some force unknown to man, she secured the group date rose.
"Congrats, you don't even have to say it," she gloated to the other women.
How could this happen? Viewers felt total shock.
But the drama didn't end there. Caridi got mouthy near the end of the episode, likening contestant Amanda Stanton's situation with her kids and ex-husband to episode of Teen Mom. Stanton and other women rallied against Caridi in conversations with Higgins, confusing his pretty little head and forcing him to seriously consider retracting her rose -- but we won't know if he acts on that impulse until next week.
Dallas gal JoJo Fletcher was also on the group date. Considering how terribly she and Bachelor veteran Becca Tilley performed during the first smarts-based date of the season, the two decided to pair up again. Fletcher sounded off one of the best quotes of evening about their dish:
"Ben already tasted my taco, he liked it. I know my taco is delicious," she said.
Yes, JoJo; now the rest of America does, too.
Despite her lack of crazy and therefore her limited air time, we're fairly certain Fletcher earns a rose in the next week's ceremony. She and Higgins lip locked so tight, viewers were wondering when they'd need to come up for air.
The question about who gets sent home during the rose ceremony isn't entirely a mystery, however. After pulling ahead in previous episodes, war veteran Jubilee Sharpe turned out to be her own worst enemy -- lack of confidence put an emotional barrier between her and the bachelor, and Higgins sent her in the first limo back to the States.