Miss USA rivals Caelynn Miller-Keyes and Hannah Brown received roses during the third episode of “The Bachelor,” but both shed tears over their ruined friendship’s influence on the game.
Each described her rival to Colton Underwood as deceptive and manipulative, but neither gave reasons for the falling out. He didn’t bother asking.
Other contestants could sense the tension between the rivals, expecting fireworks on a pirate-themed group date. The women dressed like pirates and knocked each other off a beam with pugil sticks. Hannah struck down several women, including Caelynn.
Caelynn, of Charlotte, won the opportunity to perform a pirate adventure on stage with Colton. The two shared an awkward kiss at the end. Colton later apologized for the awkward kiss and they began making out.
“When I’m with Caelynn, my guard comes completely down,” Colton said. “Caelynn continues to really just be a lot of the things I’m looking for.”
Hannah later confronted Colton about Caelynn, telling him they haven’t talked since the pageant. Colton asked Hannah if Caelynn was mean, manipulative or fake. Hannah struggled answering.
“So it’s like hard, cause I’m like, if that’s what you want, then you don’t want me,” Hannah told him.
Frustrated, Colton told Hannah he needed time to figure things out. He told Caelynn the things Hannah told him.
Caelynn confirmed the environment at Miss USA was competitive and she handles competition by getting very quiet. She told Colton there’s things she hasn’t told him about – traumatic experiences that deeply hurt her. Colton gave the distressed damsel the group date rose.
The back-and-forth nature of Colton’s conversations with Caelynn and Hannah continued during a pool party, depriving other contestants of time with Colton.
He gave Hannah the last rose, which bothered both women. After the rose ceremony, Hannah said of Caelynn, “It’s just not fair. I (bleeping) hate her.”
Previews of next week’s episode allude to the group traveling to Singapore and Caelynn puling Hannah aside to talk.
“The Bachelor” airs at 8 p.m. Mondays on ABC.