You would think a second stint as a contestant on "The Bachelor" would make a girl more savvy, but Kacie B. made a fatal faux pas this week on the long-running ABC dating show.
The setting was a dreaded group date at Malibu's Zuma Beach, and Kacie was on the winning volleyball team, which meant she and her teammates (Jackie, Desiree, Lindsay, Amanda, and Robyn) were granted more time to spend with the show's hunky star, Sean Lowe. Good news, right?
Unfortunately, Kacie -- who was also a contestant last season with Ben Flajnik as "The Bachelor" -- used her one-on-one time with Sean to get involved in gossipy drama. She tattled to Sean about how some of the other girls don't get along, and how one of them -- "dark and creepy" Amanda -- may not be there for the right reasons.
In a rambling sit down with Sean, Kacie said she felt "stuck in the middle" of the drama. "I feel like I've been punched in the face," she said. "I don't think it's my place, but it's going to come between us if I don't say something. I've been caught between a rock and a hard spot in the house."
She revealed that there was tension between Amanda and Desiree.
"There's different dynamics between the two, and I don't understand it at all, and I can't be myself. I'm not a drama person … It hurts me when that's going on. I'm having a hard time being myself, because I'm worrying about that," Kacie babbled.
Sean's befuddled response: "Why are you involving yourself? I want you to act like Kacie, not like this crazy person I'm seeing."
But it was then that Kacie planted a seed of doubt: "I don't want you to think you're not my focus, because you are," she told Sean. "I wouldn't have come back here for any other reason. I guarantee you're the only reason I'm here."
You could almost see a shift with Sean, as if a light bulb went off in his head.
Later Kacie said, "This is a night I'd like to rewind and start over again." Ya think?
Any "Bachelor" aficionado knows that the worst thing a contestant can do is tattle. It almost never works. Saying "I guarantee you're the only reason I'm here" is the second worst thing.
A few days later, Kacie apologized to Sean for her "delivery" of the contestants' cattiness and told him she was ready to move forward, but it was too late. Sean said, "I feel like we took a couple steps backwards the other night."
Then it got worse. It's never a good sign when you get pulled aside during a rose ceremony, but that's exactly what Sean did to Kacie as he prepared to dole out his trusty stash of roses.
"I have way too much respect for you to make you stand through another rose ceremony if I just know in my heart that I think we're better off as friends," he told her.
In her surprisingly un-teary limo ride home, Kacie said, "Last time I left here with no regrets, and this time there are regrets, and that's something I'll have to live with."
Kacie's run on last season's "The Bachelor" fared much better; she lasted all the way to Ben Flajnik's hometown date round, so her early escort to the limo this time around was a big blow. Heck, she didn't even get to show off her baton twirling skills this season! (Although perhaps Sean took a peek at last season's footage of Kacie's overbearing dad, who surely scared Ben away. Talk about meeting the parents!)
While Kacie's epic fail of Bachelor 101 was a highlight of the show, a few of the other girls moved closer to finding love with Sean.
Lesley M. got a ton of one-on-one time -- and screen time -- as she and Sean broke the Guinness World Record for the longest on-screen kiss. They surpassed the 3:15 mark, prompting Chris Harrison to gloat on his blog for Entertainment Weekly: "I think it's only fitting that 'The Bachelor' franchise holds this record, and I can't see anybody taking that away from us for quite some time."
And while AshLee F. didn't exactly get alone time with Sean during her one-on-one date (the couple shared their Magic Mountain date with two chronically ill teens from the Starlight Foundation), she did make a connection with the incessantly shirtless Dallas business entrepreneur when she opened up about being adopted at the age of six.
In the end, it was buh-bye to Taryn (who?), Kristy, and yes, Kacie. But hey, all is not lost; there's still an opening for the next "Bachelorette"!
"The Bachelor" Season 17 airs on Mondays at 8 PM ET on ABC.
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