Spoilers ahead for the February 25 episode of The Bachelor on ABC.
The most highly-anticipated moment of Colton Underwood's wild season of The Bachelor is on the way, and I'm not talking about Colton losing his virginity. After The Bachelorette and then Bachelor in Paradise, Colton's virginity is practically old news compared to the big event we know is coming. I am, of course, referring to Colton jumping the fence.
The big moment of the leading man literally fleeing the Bachelor set by jumping over a fence has been teased in pretty much all of the promo footage for his season, and the show finally revealed when we'll get to see what leads to Colton making a run for it. As it turns out, the wait is almost over. Colton jumps the fence in the very next episode.
That's right, folks! Colton will jump the fence in the episode that airs on March 4. For the first time, the show and ABC explicitly named when the footage of the jump will hit the airwaves. In the promo for the next episode, the clip of Colton making the jump that we've seen over and over again was shown with a voiceover saying this:
The Bachelor teasing the jump in promos without showing the context got old a while ago, but I'll admit that I got a laugh out of the description of it as "the moment you've been waiting for all season." That's some serious audience awareness from the people who put together the Bachelor promos!
Of course, that's not the only thing that came up in the promo, as next week will be a very big week for The Bachelor. There will actually be two nights of Bachelor action, and the first will be dedicated to Colton hitting the fantasy suite with his three remaining ladies as well as jumping the fence. We've come up with a list of wild explanations for the fence jump; it's somewhat more difficult to guess what's going to go down in the fantasy suite.
We do know which of the women are still in the running to take Colton's v-card. After Colton spent the episodes meeting the families of Hannah G., Tayshia, Cassie, and Caelynn, he finally distributed the roses, and the elimination was a shocker.
Caelynn got the devastating news that Colton was not interested in continuing their courtship, and she was blindsided by his decision. She was clearly embarrassed and said that Colton "fooled" her. It was a teary goodbye, and the remaining women seemed pretty shaken.
Colton was apparently affected as well, as instead of returning to talk with the three women who received roses, he pulled longtime host Chris Harrison aside for a private word. The episode didn't reveal what they talked about. Was it regarding the fantasy suite? Or the elimination process? Or the height of the fences in the general area, in case he needs to beat a hasty retreat?
If the non-jump footage from the trailer is any indication, Colton is more or less ready to hit the sheets with at least one of the remaining women. In a promo voiceover, Colton said this:
Swing for the fences, Colton! The footage shows Colton on a bed with Tayshia, and Cassie and Hannah G. seem excited to possibly be heading in that direction as well. Will Colton finally lose his virginity next week? I'm actually inclined to say no at this point, although it could go either way. Including both Colton's first time and the big jump in the same episode might be too much excitement for one night of television.
There will actually be two nights of Bachelor excitement next week, though. On Tuesday night, the Women Tell All special airs, and we can expect the ladies to dish dirt on Colton and each other. Be sure to tune in to ABC on March 4 at 8 p.m. ET for the fence jump and March 5 at 8 p.m. ET for the women to tell all. If you need some viewing options that don't involve Colton Underwood, swing by our midseason TV premiere schedule.
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