Published On: Thu, Nov 16th, 2017

It's sex, lies and aphrodisiacs on The Bachelor Canada

The bad news for those two is that there’s a major cull coming next week, according to the promo, with half the six women who remain ending their journeys, to use Bachelor-speak.

Read on for highlights of this week’s show.

Not here to make friends: The groundwork for Brittany’s and Meghan’s plot-changing confrontation was set early, with Meghan complaining to Stacy that Brittany had been treating her like a simpleton and trying to convince her that no one liked her, including Chris. For her part, Brittany complained about the negativity in the house and uttered the time-honoured villain credo: “This is a competition. I’m not here to make friends. I have to focus on me, period, or I will never get out of here alive, ever,” she added.

Group date No. 1: So of course this tension meant that Brittany and the three people who liked her the least were going on a group date. Brittany, Jessie, Stacy and Meghan headed to the Bravissimo Fiesta show in Puerto Plata where not only would they learn to dance like Dominican-style showgirls, they’d have to perform in front of a crowd — in sparkly bra tops and loin-cloth-like bottoms with fringed tails.

This was no one’s idea of fun except for Chris and Brittany. “I love to move my body to the music,” she said. “My dance is very, like, sultry because I know that Chris will be watching.”

Chris was also watching Meghan, who looked miserable as she rehearsed, but she refused to fess up about her confidence-sapping spat with Brittany when he pulled her aside.

When show time came, Jessie, Stacy and Meghan muddled through, but Brittany gyrated like a pro, all the while fixing Chris with come-hither stares. Chris kept licking his lips, which at first I thought meant that he was into it, but then he said Brittany was making him “very uncomfortable” by “just staring at me pretty intensely” so I guess he was just getting nervous.

Later, Meghan confronted Brittany about their off-camera conversation of the day before. Meghan accused Brittany of saying that Chris probably didn’t like her. Brittany insisted what she said was that Chris would marry only one of them.

And then she tried to sound sympathetic. “You remind me so much of myself when I was your age,” said Brittany, oozing condescension, adding that she was “worried” about Meghan.

“You don’t, Brittany,” exploded Meghan tearfully. “You don’t f–king care, you only care about yourself and I’m here for him.”

When Jessie jumped in, asking Brittany why she was there, Brittany stood up and walked away.

Chris decided to get to “the bottom” of things. First, Jessie and Meghan told him Brittany wasn’t there for him. Then he questioned Brittany: “To you, is it more of a competition or is it real life? Because my feelings are real, I’m here, this is my life.”

“It is what it is,” answered Brittany vaguely, complaining that none of the girls wanted her there.

“Do you want to stay for me?” Chris asked.

Again, no answer.

As Chris went off to soul-search, Brittany went in search of a director and said she wanted to go home.

“Do you give up on true love or do you stay for true love?” asked the director, Michael.

“Michael, this isn’t true love,” Brittany replied.

Truer words were never spoken. “As a woman who is confident I’m gonna leave like a queen,” Brittany said as she departed, dry-eyed.

One-on-one date with Mikaela: Chris didn’t seem sad the next day about losing Brittany and, even if he had, Mikaela’s squeals of delight and giggles and hugs and kisses were sure to cheer him up.

They wandered around Puerto Plata, learned how to roll cigars, drank rum and smooched.

The evening was spent at historic Fortaleza San Felipe, where Chris wanted to focus on the romantic and passionate side of their relationship. Judging from the kisses they exchanged as they watched fireworks from the fort, mission accomplished.

Mikaela told Chris she was falling in love with him and Chris said in his confessional he could see himself falling in love with her, but “I’m scared of falling too fast and I’m scared about making the right choice; there are other girls I care about immensely and I don’t know how to handle that,” he said.

Group date No. 2: Given the naughty subtext of this date, I’m mildly surprised it wasn’t a one-on-one, but Kait, Lyndsey and Catie trooped to the Natura Cabana hotel and spa with the promise of “stimulating” Chris’s senses.

Certainly something got stimulated as they mixed up aphrodisiacs using ingredients like cacao, ginger, vanilla, honey, fruit and chili peppers, then one by one had private time with Chris during which they smeared their concoctions on his half-naked body and smooched him.

OK, Catie took things a little too far by pouring candle wax on Chris, but overall he found their ministrations sexy. Lyndsey ended up with Chris’s massage-oil handprints on her butt. Kait stripped down to a bikini and told Chris she’d brought him “a threesome” of potions, “one to get you started, one to get you going and one to finish you off.”

Yikes, is this the part of the show where images of trains going through tunnels and fireworks appear onscreen?

Chris was clearly turned on by this new sexual side of Kate.

“This side of me is the side that walks into a room and gets whatever she essentially decides she would like,” Kait told Chris that night.

Seems like it works because he gave her the date rose.

The rose ceremony: Pre-cocktail party, Chris confessed that he didn’t know how to handle “all these beautiful smart women showing me all this love this week.”

During the cocktail party, he told the women he’d been struggling to let his guard down but was determined to open up to them.

For reasons I can’t fathom, Mikaela decided this was directed at her and that perhaps she’d freaked Chris out by telling him she was falling for him. He admitted he had “shut down” when she mentioned love, but that didn’t mean he wasn’t ready for the “Mikaela and Chris love story.”

He sealed those words with multiple kisses and also kissed Stacy and Lyndsey and Catie, whom he asked to “just chill” after another one of her mile-a-minute, wide-eyed verbal assaults.

He did not kiss Meghan, who spent her alone time rehashing her dispute with Brittany.

Poor Meghan, it seemed, had been effectively friend-zoned so it wasn’t a surprise when was left roseless. But points to Chris for the kind way he said goodbye to her.

“Everything I said to you is real and it’s true, OK? You’re an amazing person. You deserve the world, OK?” Chris told her.

Meghan left tearful but vowing that she believed Chris and “I will never, ever, ever settle. There’s someone out there, he’s gonna treat me like gold.”

Next week the final six stay put in the Dominican Republic and it looks like a cryathon of an episode. In the promo, we watched host Noah Cappe tell the women, “For half of you, this journey will end this week.”

I’d say Lyndsey and Mikaela are shoo-ins for final three, but who will get that last spot, sexy Kait or chatty Catie? We’ll find out next week.

You can watch Wednesday at 9 p.m. on W Network.

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It's sex, lies and aphrodisiacs on The Bachelor Canada