“No s*x is what’s most essential to me, and I want to say that to every single woman here. No s*x of any kind for the dream suites, he said, adding that previous Bachelor Sean Lowe had advised him to go in this direction to avoid “muddying the issue.”
Now, based on the episode’s trailers, that doesn’t exactly go as planned for Zach, but we’ll see how it turns out. Gabi, Ariel, and Kaity are all feeling a lot of anxiety as they start to consider the possibility of being engaged for only one week, which is understandable.
But, they are also eager for what lies ahead. They all confess to the cameras that they are falling in love, even though none of them have yet told Zach. The first to speak is Ariel. She states that she is eager to learn more about their physical connection right away because it is significant to her.
Although Zac hasn’t explicitly stated that he doesn’t want to engage in physical contact with her, he does confess during the date that their chemistry is “hot.” They begin their date with a stroll through a night market, where they sample a variety of Thai cuisine.
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Instead of going on an extremely romantic date, Ariel tells Zach that she would rather go on a date like this. Little does she know that they may be more tested than they realize! She likes to do things where both parties feel tested in some way. The producers are undoubtedly embracing this s*x week phenomenon.
They both acknowledge that they feel like they’re in their “own little universe” when they’re with each other during the dinner portion of the date. As a result of her propensity to withdraw when she has strong feelings for someone, Ariel claims she still believes that she has been holding back.
She had not intended to confess her feelings for Zach, but she has. Zach, who takes love very seriously, says it makes him feel wonderful to hear that from her. He just mentions that he may envision a future with her because the leads aren’t precisely allowed to proclaim they’re in love just yet.
He finally admits to Ariel at that point that he doesn’t intend to engage in any s*xual activity with any of the women this week. She claims she wasn’t anticipating any s*x and is completely okay with keeping it PG. She acknowledges during her confessional that she is a little disappointed, but she wants Zach to know that she is there for him.
So, Zach already seems tempted when they finally get to the suite. Before returning to their hotel, they take a bath in the hot tub. Ariel remarks that she thinks their relationship has advanced significantly since they last woke up. Zach agrees and adds that despite being tempted, he and Ariel decided against having s*x.
It’s Fantasy Suites Week, and our AI Bachelor has reached sentience — but in making (and breaking) his purity pledge, Zach showed a complete lack of emotional intelligence.
— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) March 21, 2023
Time for Gabi to see Zach is now. Zach informs her that they would be spending the day on a private island when they reconvene on a beach. When they get to the island, Gabi claims she has been experiencing some head-related symptoms.
She has a tendency to feel pushed aside in relationships, so having to wait almost two weeks to see him again has made her feel a little vulnerable. Gabi tells Zach she needs a moment during their chat and breaks down as she walks away.
When Zach eventually locates her, he urges her to share her feelings rather than remain silent. She claims that despite all he has done, Zach hasn’t made her feel insecure; it’s just been a challenging process. Zach acknowledges her emotions and assures her that she will never feel unimportant in his eyes.
After that chat, they both feel a little bit better about where they are. At dinner, Gabi confides in Zach that she has always felt important to him and that she is falling for him. Start the cheesy music! As Zach plays the fantasy suite card, he informs her of his no-s*x intentions.
Although Gabi admits she wasn’t planning to get engaged to someone she had never had personal contact with, she eventually accepts the situation and the two go to their private room.
The following morning, Gabi and Zach comment on how comfortable it feels to wake up next to one another. Gabi also mentions how much fun their “cuddle sesh” was. And yet… We all know what that means when Zach says that “something very wonderful” between the two of them interrupted his plans for the week.
He confides in Jesse and expresses his regret at breaking his word. He is disappointed in himself for making things a little messier than he anticipated, but he doesn’t regret having an intimate relationship with Gabi.
He claims that he is driven to tell the other women what happened, which seems to have the potential to make things much messier. Nonetheless, he maintains that it was an “act of love, not lust,” and he refuses to start a relationship with someone who knows his secret.
Remember, Zach still has a date remaining; it’s with Kaity this time. He goes to see Gabi once again, but not before telling her that he feels compelled to inform the other women what occurred. She is obviously not pleased.
She claims that she believed their relationship would remain confidential and that she is shocked by this revelation. Zach also confesses to Gabi that he is falling in love with her and that he doesn’t want her to have any doubts about their relationship, which may be an unexpected turn of events.
Zach is now leaving for his date with Kaity. They are going kayaking, and Zach is worried about this secret the entire time. He wants to tell her what transpired with Gabi because he believes she deserves “complete honesty.” Before things can really get going, Zach makes the decision to vent about it, and as was to be expected, Kaity is not happy.
Zach claims that he didn’t want to have s*x with any of the women at the beginning of the week, but circumstances changed and he has “been intimate.” He claims that because he “tried to impose limitations on how to love,” which made things difficult for him, he thought that it was what felt right.
Kaity breaks down in tears and admits that while she had imagined closeness was a goal, she could have survived without the assurance. She says she feels “crushed” by the camera. After their chat, there is obviously tension in the air, and Zach is making every effort to ease it.
But Kaity makes an effort to explain that, despite his own remorse, she didn’t need to know about his relationships with the other women, and that she didn’t want to hear about him having a s*xual relationship with Gabi.
She’s finding it difficult to be joyful during their date right now, and she’s unsure of how to get past it. Kaity is perplexed by Zach’s inability to fully comprehend or process her response because she is unsure of how else he would anticipate her to respond to the news.
She expresses to the producers her unhappiness and her uncertainty about continuing the night with Zach. Uh oh. That worry, however, passes quickly since Kaity decides to go on another date with Zach. Although she’s not exactly delighted to be there, she’s attempting to put everything behind her.
When Zach inquires about her well-being, he replies that his goal is to discover the truth. Kaity claims that she wasn’t certain whether she would attend dinner because the week leading up to fantasy suites had already been difficult for her.
She told Zach she was growing in love with him the last time they spoke, so it was a bit of a shock to see him again and learn he had slept with someone else. Yet, she acknowledges that she is secure in their connection and that she really wants to find a way to go past this.
They do opt to go to their private room after Zach draws the dream suite card. Curiously, we don’t get much of their dream suite’s morning. The last rose ceremony is about to begin. Zach’s choice to reveal their fantasy suite to everyone, according to Gabi, has taken her by surprise.
Her trust has been betrayed, and she believes that in order to appease his conscience, her heart was sacrificed. Although Kaity admits she still has some doubts, she claims that their shared struggle helped them both grow. As far as we can tell, Ariel is still unaware that anything like this happened.
Zach sends Ariel home after giving Gabi and Kaity his two roses. He’ll be distributing his final rose and an engagement ring the following week. On Monday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC and the next day on Hulu, The Bachelor finale will air.