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The Bachelor Recap: Episode 12, Season 4

Faith and Richie play mum and dad to an overgrown toddler in the form of Hamish Blake, before Alex surprises Richie with something close to her heart

With just a half-dozen ladies left, there’s only one hot topic: the single date tally. Will Richie treat Nikki, Olena or Alex to a third single date, or step out with Faith, Rachael or Steph for a second time?

Turns out, it’s a member of the ‘one single date’ club, Faith, who’ll be joining Richie today. But wait a gosh darn minute, who’s that?

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Richie’s handed the reins to funnyman Hamish Blake, who’s planned a date that will test them in the “ultimate way.” Yikes. But bubbly Faith can’t wipe the smile off her face. That is, until she meets Hamish’s three-year-old alter ego, Rory.

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And so begins a day of bickering, dummy-spits and bouts of hysterical laugh-crying, and that’s just from ‘mum’ and ‘dad.’

The Bachelor Australia gif guide recap season 4 four Richie Strahan

Richie and Faith must keep Rory happy, otherwise he’ll veto their date before they can say ‘Roger the dinosaur.’ En route to lunch, a highly precocious Rory throws some cringe-worthy questions at his ‘parents.’ 

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At the restaurant, Rory’s mum and dad quickly learn not to trifle with a hungry toddler.

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Daddy’s taking no responsibility.

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The day reaches peak awkwardness when Rory demands Faith alone take him to the toilet. Richie does his best to assist from outside.

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Later, at the very toddler-friendly activity of tenpin bowling, Rory tests his parents’ waning patience once more.

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Faith and Richie briefly pause pulling out their hair to drag Rory to safety (not recommended for infants less than six-foot tall).

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After bundling their man-child off to bed, an exhausted mummy and daddy pop their feet up and toast their “pain in the ass” offspring. Cheers!

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With a good night’s rest under his belt, Richie takes Rachael on a (Hamish-less) date to explore their ‘senses.’ After snapping some pics (‘sight’) and a cute hand massage ('touch'), Richie reads his date a heartfelt letter (‘sound’) that leaves her in tears.

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At the cocktail party, Alex surprises Richie with a photo of her son which has Richie all clucky.

The Bachelor Australia gif guide recap season 4 four Richie Strahan

Alex’s brave move earns her a spot in the top five, however Steph was not so lucky and returns to solo quad bike rides, for now.

Coming up in episode 13… The girls go bush on a camping trip, before Richie decides who’s taking him home to meet the parents

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