Monday night's episode of The Bachelor officially set a new standard for the series' most epic dates. No, the four-time franchise star Nick Viall and his gaggle of ladies weren't in any exotic country doing anything extravagant; they were in Los Angeles casually dancing behind the Backstreet Boys live in concert and flying in a zero-gravity airplane like astronauts.
No big deal.
It's worth nothing, however, that our girl Rachel Lindsay, the badass lawyer from Big D who made history as the first ever black woman to receive the first impression rose, did not partake in the epicness. Instead, she and five other women got to show off their athleticism in a multi-event "Nick-athon" comprised of sports such as high-jump and javelin. Talk about the short end of the stick.
Lindsay was a class act about it, though.
"I'd love to track and field Nick all day," she said during the date.
It helped that Olympians Carl Lewis, Allyson Felix and Michelle Carter were on hand to judge the competition. They named Lindsay among the top three contestants to move on to the final event: the 100-meter dash, which came with a reward — dun, dun, dun! The quickest lady to get down the lane and grab a big, plastic ring won the chance to jump into a hot tub with the bachelor in her workout gear, bathing suit be damned.
Lindsay had the lead, but was apparently was in such a hurry, she didn't bother to grab the ring and instead knocked it to the ground. On her way back to snag the ticket to the hot tub, she stepped on the ring and smashed it to pieces. Ultimately, Lindsay lost the opportunity to Astrid Loch, a plastic surgery office manager, who scooped up a big enough chunk of plastic to snuggle in the bubbles with Viall.
Watch: If Rachel can't have the ring, no one can!
Lindsay may have lost in one instance, but she certainly won in another. Though she got little airtime last week, Viall was seemingly still smitten by Lindsay's authenticity and gave her the group date rose. And we weren't the only ones celebrating.
Turns out, Twitter is die-hard Team Rachel.
What happened to the other Dallasite, Elizabeth Whitelaw, you ask? Well, she was among the women sent home during the rose ceremony at the beginning of the episode. We're not surprised — in fact, we didn't even realize who she was until we noticed there was no "other girl from Dallas" on the rest of the show. One down, one to go.
Backstreet's back — alright!
During another group date, Viall and a handful of women learned a dance routine to star as backup dancers for a Backstreet Boys live performance. Some excelled, others did not.
Corinne Olympios, the 24-year-old from Miami, threw a tantrum because she was not the center of attention for five whole seconds. If only her nanny, Raquel, could have tagged along to make Olympios' coffee and slice her veggies ... you know, big girl stuff.
Fast forward to Viall's near-outer space adventure
The bachelor invited special needs teacher Vanessa Grimaldi on an out-of-this-world date (literally) in a zero-gravity airplane.
I mean, there are no words for how awesome this looks:
With this date, Grimaldi proved she's a front-runner this season, even if she's not 100 percent convinced Viall is "in it for the right reasons." The bachelor opted for a pool party instead of the traditional pre-rose ceremony cocktail party this episode, but turned out to be his own worst enemy when Corinne decided to get physical in a bounce house while all the other women were watching. The episode ended — dramatically, no doubt — with Grimaldi telling Viall off.
There was no rose ceremony, but one woman got the boot Monday night. Dominque Alexis, a restaurant server from Los Angeles, couldn't handle the pressure, and Viall sent her home preemptively because he didn't feel like there was a spark.
Tune in next week at 7 p.m. central time to who else will be packing their bags. Until then, sh-dolphin over and out!