The third episode begins with Catherine's tearful reaction to bonfire. Hilary's reference to kissing Edmundo makes Catherine realize that he may already be making serious connections on the other side of the island. Nikkole comments on how Catherine looks at this whole experience as a way to make Edmundo appreciate Catherine. The reality of being separated from their partners begins to set in. The next morning, Power Dating takes place poolside at Tambor Tropical. Each of the coupled people sits across from the singles and engages in a conversation with each of them individually for two minutes. These mini dates take place like musical chairs with each of the singles rotating down the line when they hear the drum bang. Tommy asks the same question every time, "if you were a flavor of ice cream, which would you be, chocolate or vanilla. Tony seems to ask the most genuine questions, and Linda responds by saying that she would like to go out on a date with him. Nayla straight out says that her dream date would not be with Tony. When it comes time to match up the dates, Genevieve and Catherine both have the same first choice, Tom A. Mark congratulates Tom A. and asks him to step forward. Mark leaves it up to Tom A. to decide whom he wants to date. Genevieve says that this is exactly what she didn't want. In a surprising choice Tom A. steps behind Genevieve and accepts her date. Catherine's second choice is Jeff, giving him the second date in as many attempts. Nikkole's first choice is Ali, the self-proclaimed "pro basketball player." In an interview Ali is very modest and says that no one knows each other well enough so Tommy has no need to be nervous… yet. Shannon's first choice is Rossi. For the coupled guys, Tommy's first choice is Kishi. Edmundo's first choice is Tiffani. Tiffani admits that she is really attracted to Edmundo because he is deep and mysterious. Tony's first choice is Linda. John's first choice is Nayla. Nayla is attracted to John. At the conclusion of Power Dating all the singles breathe easy knowing that there is not a vote-off. The coupled girls leave to head back to Tango Mar to get ready for their dates. Smooth talking Tom A. finds Catherine on the beach and tries to smooth things over about choosing Genevieve. He thinks that he was put in a hard situation in front of everyone. Tom A. convinces Catherine that she is much more modest than Genevieve and that he knew she would handle the rejection better and not take any sort of offense to his choice. Tom A. tells Catherine that she does not have an ego as Genevieve does. In interview Tom A. says that he thinks Catherine bought it. On their second date, Shannon and Rossi go sailing on a boat ironically named The Shannon. Rossi says that he wants things to develop with Shannon and tells her that on their date. He urges her to try not to talk about John and just focus on him. Nayla and John start their date on a river tour down the Braullo rainforest. Nayla calls John out on his arrogant and nonchalant way of treating the temptresses. She wants to be out with a gentleman and sarcastically says that when he is out with a girl that he likes and he sees her having trouble stepping up a big stair he should automatically put his hand out to help her. John quickly responds, "rough it up honey." Edmundo and Tiffani traverse through a butterfly botanical garden. Edmundo admits that he chose Tiffani because she has had different life experiences. He thinks that she is intelligent and well educated. Tiffani says that they will connect because she is real and she can show him things that he'll desire in a woman. Tiffani thinks that Edmundo is a dream date and that he is settling by staying committed to Catherine. As night falls towards the end of the date, they snuggle close together in a hammock. Catherine and Jeff ride horseback down the beach. While they maintain an appearance that they are having fun, Jeff concedes that the date went too long. Catherine sees through Jeff and she says he is not like his good boy image. Tommy and Kishi hike to the La Paz waterfall. Standing next to the pouring falls, Tommy says that there is nowhere else in the world that he would rather be right now. Nikkole and Ali hand feed baby monkeys at the Curu Wildlife Refuge. Ali admits that Nikkole is a lot prettier after spending more times with her and he notices her exotic look. Genevieve and Tom A. scuba dive in front of Barcelo Tambor. Genevieve proclaims that Tom A. is everything that Tony is not. She says that they have the most fun just goofing off. Tom A. says that Genevieve is a little selfish and she did not even once ask about him during the date. At dinner, Genevieve casually tells Tom A. that she is fixed. He asks, like a dog? She always wanted to get her tubes tied at 25 and she has no regrets. After hearing this news, Tom A. visibly loses any attraction to Genevieve. Linda and Tony get to experience the infamous Titi zip lines. These wire cables run hundreds of feet long atop the tropical rainforest. As the two sail past the canopy top, they can see colorful birds and howling monkeys hiding in the trees. At a lobster dinner, Tony tells Linda that while growing up he always expected to have a normal life with 2.5 kids, a mini van and a white picket fence. Linda thinks that Tony has serious issues with Genevieve not wanting to bear children because he paused for a long time when she asked if he wanted kids. Linda decides that Tony has a fear of being alone. Tony ends up philosophizing about the sad implications of fate that some of the most important things in life are decided for you. When Edmundo and Tiffani get back to Tambor Tropical from their date, they hear pounding music and have the immediate feeling that they missed something. They come home to a raging mobile discoteque, complete with an imported DJ. A comfortable atmosphere has everyone fall into place and let loose dancing on top of the pool bridge. Hilary reveals that she has been thinking about Edmundo all the time. At the bar she seductively licks his neck. Then, Amanda steals Edmundo's attention by kissing him and shoots Hilary a predatory look. Hilary is crestfallen and runs off towards the beach. She cries as she admits that she does not want to share Edmundo with the rest of the temptresses. The next morning Edmundo wakes up from a deep slumber to find a note on his pillow. The note is from Amanda who writes about not having regrets and just living this experience in the moment. This time the guys go first to bonfire. They have the choice to watch a videotape of a single guy describing his attraction to one of their girlfriends. In addition they will watch a single girl tell them why she is attracted to them. The choice remains: if they watch, then their girlfriend must also watch the tape. If they do not watch then their girlfriend can not view the tape. Tony chooses to watch. He sees Ali call Genevieve G- Funk and say that their outgoing qualities match. Tony responds that Ali is just a jokester. Tommy sees fireman Tommy C. talk to Nikkole. Tommy admits that he is concerned that things between them might start to happen. Edmundo watches the So Cal smooth player Tom A. give a powerful speech affirming his connection with Catherine. Tom A. says that he has sorted through all the girls and now knows everyone. He connects with Catherine the most and wants to develop a life-long relationship with her. Tom A. tells Catherine that her smile kills him. Edmundo cringes while watching the tape. Sincere words are hard to swallow. The coupled guys fear Tom A.'s way with words. John does not want to watch the tape. He thinks that this part of the process will drive him up the wall. They are also given the chance to record a video message. This is an unedited message to their partner on the other side of the island. When given the choice all the guys opt to leave a message except Tommy. He thinks that it would not be the best time for him to communicate with Nikkole. After bonfire they walk down the beach and Edmundo can see through Tom A.'s bull and John says that Tom A. is a well-spoken player. At the women's bonfire, Nikkole remains emotionless when she sees Kristen S. talk about her first date with Tommy. Kristin G. purrs and says that she thinks Tommy is special. Nikkole says that if Tommy goes for her, then he goes for her. Genevieve sees Donna talk to Tony and say all the same things that she loves about him. Catherine views Tiffani saying that she really enjoyed her date with Edmundo. Shannon is happy that she did not have to watch. She tells Mark that John did not want her to watch because his biggest fear going into this was hurting her. All the girls decide to leave a video message. Catherine says as she walks away from bonfire down the beach that she will lose it if Edmundo makes a physical or emotional connection.moreless
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