'The Bachelor' Episode 4 recap

January 31, 2013 | 10:38 p.m.

The good, the bad, and the Tierrable

'The Bachelor' Episode 4 recap and fantasy update

Tierra did was she does best Monday, while Sarah struggled with the athletic demands of roller derby. | ABC

Culture | Matt Kelley

Editor-in-Chief

Episode 4 of The Bachelor was a memorable mess in so many ways, not the least of which was ABC waiting a full two minutes before showing Sean topless.

Selma received the first date card of the week, setting up her first considerable one-on-one time with Sean. Before departing, however, she made an awkward comment to the camera about eventually making babies. So we’re off to a smashing start.

Sean said that this week was all about getting the girls to trust him, so naturally he swept Selma away in a private jet, giving the illusion of exquisite luxury, only land in a barren desert wasteland for a rock-climbing adventure. Never mind the fact that Selma couldn’t even climb into a jeep without Sean’s help.

But she better while climbing the 100-foot rock structure, scaling it with speed and moderate use of profanity. The two shared a moment overlooking the scenery before Sean recommended that they clean themselves up and eat dinner.

Apparently “dinner” meant white wine and marshmallows in a trailer park. No, seriously. For no reason at all, the couple shared their night surrounded by themed trailers, none of which were given more than a quick glance.

Sean and Selma spent the next five minutes of show time staring into each other’s eyes, whispering to each other – a scene that was received as anywhere from adorable to boring to nauseating.

Selma did reveal an interesting tidbit, however. The 29-year-old broke the news to Sean that her Muslim parents weren’t happy with her being on the show. She said that she couldn’t kiss him until she was the only girl left, noting that her culture prefers a private dating experience. You know, like having your first date on national television.

The group date gave eight of the women a chance to play roller derby, or at least some version of it in which everyone falls down the second they put skates on. The only competent skater was Amanda, but she took the hardest fall of the afternoon, landing chin-first on the hardwood and being taken to the hospital.

The medical “emergency” was enough to scare Sean out of making the girls compete in a proper roller derby. After a casual free skate, the group dressed up for an evening on a rooftop patio. This is where Tierra stole the show.

Frustrated by feuds with other girls and a lack of one-on-one time with Sean, Tierra entered full-freakout mode, telling producers that she wanted to leave the show. Through tears she complained that it was “unfair” that she was “tortured like this.”

She ran off to Sean to discuss the matter, which seemed to quickly cheer her up. Sean, in his biggest pushover moment yet, scurried off to give Tierra the group date rose, leading Lindsay to make this face.

The last one-on-one date went to Leslie H., who got to live a “Pretty Woman” fantasy for a day, shopping for whatever dress, heels and purse she wanted to go with her new diamond earrings. She even got to add a necklace with 120 carats of diamonds for the night. Selma’s sweat-and-RV date was looking pretty measly at this point.

The evening ended in disaster for Leslie, however. Sean revealed at dinner that he had never felt a spark of feelings for her and that he set up the most romantic night possible to see if he could have feelings for her. With no flame burning inside, Sean sent Leslie packing, broken-hearted with diamonds dangling from her ears.

Just when we thought we had seen the worst of Tierra, she once again became the center of attention, this time at the cocktail party. She called Jackie and Robyn – with whom she had been fighting – aside, only to give the most terrible excuse for an apology ever spoken.

“I’d like to apologize for the other night and the way things went down. You kind of attacked me…I’ve never not liked you, and you’re bad for assuming that.”

Later, she summarized the situation for Sean. “For some reason, other girls have a hard time accepting me for who I am.”

Tierra’s serving up a platter of self-pity and manipulation, and Sean appears to be eating it up.

In the end, it was Amanda who was eliminated, leaving 11 women going into next week's Monday-Tuesday double-header.

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