Bachelor Pad's villain this season may have been Chris Bukowski, but on Monday's penultimate episode, it was Rachel Trueheart who stabbed her BFF Jaclyn Swartz in the back.
Teamed up with Nick Petersen as things began, Trueheart and her partner beat out Swartz and Ed Swiderski plus Bukowski and Sarah Newlon during Bachelor Pad's final karaoke-themed competition — earning the right to choose which couple they'll bring to the Sept. 10 finale.
"This decision comes down to friendship and $250,000 — it's a math equation," Petersen said prior to the night's final rose ceremony. (He wanted to strategically vote Bukowski and Newlon — the house's troublemakers — into the finale.) "We can't take Ed and Jaclyn — it's a no brainer. Chris and Sarah have caused too much drama in this house and we can take advantage of that. All of their screw ups are going to work to our advantage and we're going to cash in."
Though Swartz forgot the lyrics during her final challenge, she thought she'd still be a shoo-in for a finale spot, given her close friendship with Trueheart. During the rose ceremony, however, Swartz found out that her friend was overruled, and agreed with Petersen when sending her and Swiderski home.
"I want nothing to do with her ever again in my entire life. She's a piece of s–t!" Swartz fumed after bursting into tears minutes after an emotional Trueheart cast her vote. "I can't believe Rachel did this — I feel completely betrayed. Our friendship is over. She's dead to me."
Swartz wasn't the only one shocked by Trueheart's actions. "Rachel owed that to Jaclyn. It just blows my mind she would do that do her best friend," reasoned season 5 Bachelorette Jillian Harris' ex-fiance Swiderski. Added Swartz to Us Weekly after Monday's Bachelor Pad episode aired: "I don't think that anyone can criticize or comment on my reaction unless you have been in those shoes. Yes, its a game, but a game that involves loyalty and emotions. Anyone would be upset, angry, and disappointed if their best friend betrayed them and screwed them out of a chance at $250,000."
Swartz and Swiderski weren't the only ones sent home on Monday's all-important episode. Lovebirds Tony Pieper and Blakeley Shea were sent packing courtesy of her Bachelor Pad nemesis Bukowski and his partner Newlon. "I just want to make something clear: There are only two people here that thought Sarah and I would be standing here and that's me and her," Bukowski snapped when sending them home after the episode's first challenge.
As Bukowski and Newlon face off against Trueheart and Petersen, Petersen is strongly hoping his partner will up her game. "I would like Rachel to rely on me a little bit more," Petersen admitted of his partner, who continues to mourn the elimination of her love interest Michael Stagliano. "I am half of this partnership and she thinks that since Michael is gone, I'm just here for the ride. I need her head in the game — we are too close."
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