Clare Crawley’s interest in Dale Moss once again overshadowed her relationships with all the other men on Tuesday’s episode of The Bachelorette.
During a group date, they got so hands-on that one contestant said he felt uncomfortable watching them touch, noting ‘they kind of already have that connection on a deeper level.’
Given the chance to talk to her at the after-party, all of the men held back a bit, possibly because they recognized that Clare, 39, already had strong feelings for Dale, 32.
Strong connection: Clare Crawley’s interest in Dale Moss once again overshadowed her relationships with all the other men on Tuesday’s episode of The Bachelorette
Their relationship was so intense, Clare even threw one man who didn’t stack up out of the house, because she wasn’t having the same kind of intimate exchange with him.
‘I’m here to find love,’ contestant Brandon Goss, 28, told her. ‘And I know there’s moments between you and I where I know you feel it, too.’
Clare stared at him.
‘I actually don’t feel that way,’ she replied. ‘Is it okay if I walk you out?’
Hands on: The 39-year-old star and Dale, 32, got physical while wearing blindfolds on a group date
It was clear from the beginning of the season 16 episode where Clare’s affections lay, as she reflected on meeting all the contestants the night before.
‘I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t hard to sleep last night,’ she confessed. ‘Dale just made everything else disappear, and I don’t know what to do.’
‘Is he my future husband?’ she wondered. ‘I need to figure that out today.’
Husband question: ‘Is he my future husband?’ Clare wondered. ‘I need to figure that out today’
Clare had given the pro football player her first impression rose the night they met, and she included him in her first real activity of the season: a group date.
The invite card read, ‘I’m looking for a guy who speaks to my heart,’ and found nine men exploring different ‘love languages’ with Clare.
Initially, they were all tasked with telling Clare how they felt about her in a public setting.
Group datre: The invite card read, ‘I’m looking for a guy who speaks to my heart,’ and found nine men exploring different ‘love languages’ with Clare
‘I’m gonna be learning how they give love and how they receive love,’ the Sacramento, California native said. ‘How they’re expressing themselves, and if they can.’
Several men offered pithy speeches, but they all paled next to Dale’s.
‘It goes without saying that I’m excited to be here for each and every moment of this,’ he told Clare. ‘For me, I can’t even remember how to find love, and when I saw your energy and your spirit, you really made feel comfortable committing to that.’
Love language: Show host Chris Harrison explained the love language task to the men
‘I’m committed to giving you everything I have—physically, emotionally,’ he continued. ‘I’m here for every bit of it. I don’t care who’s watching. I am who I am, and I’m here.’
For their next love language, giving gifts, the men had to hand Clare something that showed her who they were, and they offered chess pieces, a special baseball, and a favorite tee.
Dale gave her ‘perfume for her puppies,’ as he knew how important dogs were to her.
Giving gifts: For their next love language, giving gifts, the men had to hand Clare something that showed her who they were, and they offered chess pieces, a special baseball, and a favorite T-shirt
The next love language was physical touch, and found Clare hugging and nuzzling each man as everyone wore blindfolds.
Dale was excited to touch Clare, and intent on showing her his ‘strong physical presence.’
He immediately put her hands on his body, as she said, ‘Oh I know this smell.’
Physical touch: The next love language was physical touch, and found Clare hugging and nuzzling each man as everyone wore blindfolds
‘I’m not gonna lie,’ Dale said in a confessional. ‘It was hard to hold back.’
At an after-party, the men had one last chance to show their love by giving Clare quality time, but when Clare asked if anyone wanted to talk to her, they hesitated.
Bennett Jordan, 36, finally volunteered, as Clare’s head filled with thoughts of Dale.
Balcony speeches: Clare listened from a balcony as the men below her expressed their feelings
‘He’s the guy I like the most here right now,’ she told the cameras. ‘I cannot wait to be pulled aside and just continue sharing the love.’
Clare grew irritable as she thought about how all of the men, including Dale, had held back.
She stomped over to the group and stared at Dale, saying, ‘At the end of the day, I’m a woman. And I want my man to show me you care.’
Singled out: Dale was singled out by Clare who included him in the first group date
Yosef Aborady, 30, offered to ‘speak for the group’, but Clare said he should speak for himself.
‘I feel like s*** knowing that you felt like that,’ he said. ‘Never again will I restrict how I feel.’
Coronavirus season: Chris, Clare and the contestants were sequestered outside of Los Angeles for the show
He added that he’d been ‘on Cloud Nine’ since they met, and in a private chat, they kissed.
‘If I’m being honest,’ Clare told him, ‘you scare me. You scare me because of how I already feel about you.’
‘I feel the same way,’ Dale replied. ‘I’m not gonna lie.’
Her time: Clare was the runner-up on season 18 of The Bachelor featuring Juan Pablo Galavis and later appeared on two seasons of Bachelor In Paradise and Bachelor Winter Games
To the cameras, he said that he could see himself falling in love with Clare, adding, ‘I want her to know, ”There’s no more time you need to waste with anybody else, because I got you.”
Subsequent chats with other men helped Clare realize there were other options besides Dale.
She told Zac Clark, 36, that she had gone on The Bachelor to get out of an abusive relationship, and gave her date rose to Riley Christian, 30, with whom she shared a dance and a kiss.
Oldest bachelorette: At age 39, Clare is the oldest Bachelorette in show history
Clare next went on a one-on-one date with Jason Foster, 31, traveling to a mountainside campfire with him to unleash some raw emotion.
The pair screamed into the darkness together, wrote down insults they’d received on clay tablets (then smashed them), and read letters they’d written to their younger selves.
For Jason, who’d had a difficult, painful upbringing, being vulnerable was terrifying.
Single guys: The guys were hoping to win Clare’s heart, but Dale, far right, had the inside track
‘Bring it to me,’ Clare said, giving him a date rose. ‘I can handle it.’
She then pulled out the dress she wore on the finale of Bachelor season 18, and burned it, saying, ‘I’ve gone through the healing, and this dress means nothing to me.’
Clare’s next group date was a game of strip dodgeball, which the rest of the men attended.
Next date: Clare’s next group date was a game of strip dodgeball, which the rest of the men attended
The winners got to go to an after-party with her, while the losers ended up stripping completely naked and walking back to their rooms at the resort.
Clare got close to Chasen Nick, 31, afterward, and ended up giving him the date rose.
Blake Moynes, 29, a member of the losing team, then showed up to steal her away.
Stripping version: The winners got to go to an after-party with her, while the losers ended up stripping completely naked and walking back to their rooms at the resort
‘I know I’m gonna take a bunch of heat for this, but I just don’t really care that much,’ he said.
The guys at the party approached him, and Clare told them gently to back off.
When Blake tried to kiss her, she pushed him away, saying, ‘You can’t go in for it right now.’
Rule breaker: Blake Moynes, 29, a member of the losing team, then showed up to steal her away
Her next conversation, with Brandon, went equally poorly.
Brandon said that the only thing he had known about Clare before the show was that she was ‘beautiful,’ but it was enough to get him to sign on.
Clare stared at him stonily, trying to elicit a better compliment, but he had nothing.
The winners: Clare walked with the members of the winning team after the game
She bade him goodbye, marveling afterward, ‘Brandon can’t even think of one thing that he likes about me. Like, why are you here?’
Before the next day’s cocktail party, Clare took Blake aside and gave him a rose, telling him not to worry about what happened the night before.
She then spoke to Dale, who acknowledged that the two of them shared a deep connection.
Good times: The show’s star and host beamed while getting ready for the dodgeball game
Clare told him how lonely she’d been in quarantine, with her mother at a care facility.
Dale said he’d prayed for them both, adding, ‘You’re not meant to go through these things alone.’
‘I know we’ll have our time,’ he continued. ‘I’m not gonna rush or push you.’
Sporty look: Clare showed her flat abs in a sporty outfit
Clare said she’d put him on the first group date because missed him.
‘I wanna be on all of ’em,’ Dale rejoined, as she drew him in for a kiss.
To the cameras, Clare noted, ‘When Dale stepped out of the limo, ”I felt like I met my husband” is what I said. And ever since, I have been able to see such a deeper, more intimate side of Dale. It’s that crazy, unexplainable chemistry…. like I’ve known him for years.’
Instant chemistry: To the cameras, Clare noted, ‘When Dale stepped out of the limo, ”I felt like I met my husband” is what I said. And ever since, I have been able to see such a deeper, more intimate side of Dale. It’s that crazy, unexplainable chemistry…. like I’ve known him for years’
She put a blindfold on him from their group date, saying, ‘I felt like we did not finish. I stole these because I wanted some serious, more physical touch with you.’
They embraced, and Clare said in voiceover that her dreams were coming true.
In a preview of next week’s show, the men complained about the interest Clare showed in Dale, sharing a rumor that the pair might have known each other before the show.
‘I expected more from the oldest Bachelorette!’ one man who sounded a lot like Yosef yelled as he departed.
The Bachelorette will return next week on ABC.
Next week: ‘I expected more from the oldest Bachelorette!’ one man who sounded a lot like Yosef yelled as he departed in a preview of next week’s episode