Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay had to get no-nonsense with a contestant on Monday night, after Episode 2 of Season 13 revealed one suitor had been hiding a girlfriend.
Teasers made clear that the episode’s final date, a group outing to play basketball with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, would turn dramatic for all the wrong reasons when a young woman showed up claiming one of the bachelors had been dating her until his departure ― and never broke up with her.
The cad turns out to be DeMario, a contestant who first appeared on “After the Final Rose” suggesting that he and Rachel elope to Vegas on the spot. The woman who crashed the episode claimed he dated her for seven months, then simply stopped texting her three days before he met Rachel on the “ATFR” special. “He still has keys to my place,” she told the shocked Bachelorette.
Many viewers have been watching DeMario skeptically after Rachel’s friend Whitney Fransway, a fellow “Bachelor” alum, warned her on the premiere that the gentleman might not have the best intentions. But Rachel seemed torn between skepticism at his cockiness and attraction to his clever references and serious good looks.
Once his ex showed up on the scene, however, Rachel was all business. Like a good attorney, she gave DeMario a chance to defend himself as he proceeded to destroy his own case. First pretending to have never met the woman, he then admitted they’d been involved. He denied ever having had keys to her place, then admitted he did ― but claimed to have mailed them back to her. (His ex hilariously shot down this claim, retorting, “I check my mailbox EVERY DAY!”)
“I’m not here to get played,” Rachel finally snapped. “So I’m gonna need you to get the fuck out.”
And with that, DeMario’s stint on “The Bachelorette” came to a humiliating end ― or did it? The episode ends with a cliffhanger, as he returns to the mansion to interrupt the cocktail party and plead his case.
It’s tough to imagine this womanizer getting another shot after Rachel’s tough-but-fair dismissal. But no matter what happens, we’ll always have that truly iconic send-off.
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