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Jason is fourth wheel tonight, killing local suspense on 'The Bachelorette'

Now things get serious on "The Bachelorette."

I laughed just typing that sentence.

But first, a spoiler alert. (Actually this spoiler alert is from ABC. I am about to tell you what an ABC release says about the episode that airs at 8 p.m. July 9 on Channel 7.)

It may be briefly interrupted by another reality show – President Trump's announcement of his pick of the next Supreme Court justice – so set your DVRs a little longer than usual.

I hope you in local BachNation enjoyed last week's episode in which Western New Yorker Jason Tartick had a one-on-one date with Becca Kufrin.

Finally: It was Jason's night on 'The Bachelorette'

During the show, Jason told his visiting friends "everything is there for me to fall in love" with Becca, and Becca said, "I could definitely see a future with Jason."

Not so fast.

Because according to the release, Jason is in the background again tonight when the show heads to the Bahamas, as – drum roll, please – "Becca focuses on her most important decision to date: Which four of the remaining six men will receive hometown dates? Four roses will be handed out this week on three one-on-one dates and one group date."

Sadly, Jason isn't one of the three on a one-on-one date.

According to the release, Colton gets the first date and "their chemistry is off the charts!" (Who writes this stuff?)

Garrett is next and "their wonderful day is reminiscent of a big screen romance." (I'm guessing "Casablanca" or "Titanic.")

The third date goes to Blake, and they run into the homegrown group Baha Men, performing its massive dance hit “Who Let the Dogs Out?” as well as “Bumpa.”

Nothing says romance like "Who Let the Dogs Out?"

Jason is part of the group date, competing with stuntman Leo and graphic designer Willis for the final rose and a trip home.

According to the release, "the tension is diffused as Becca joins them for a spirited game of beach volleyball. However, the suspense still hangs heavy in the air as each man’s fate is decided, leaving two utterly heartbroken."

OK, there won't be any suspense or tension in Buffalo.

We all know that Becca came to Buffalo with Jason during a cold spell in April and they were involved in a chicken wing eating contest moderated by Wing King Drew Cerza at the Anchor Bar, were seen at Hoyt Lake and the Japanese garden near the History Museum, skated at HarborCenter and visited Niagara Falls.

That hometown date episode is scheduled to air next Monday, with each of the Final Four getting between 20 and 25 minutes of air time for day and night dates.

Since Jason appears to be in fourth place tonight, Becca's chemistry with Buffalo will have to be "off the charts" to help his chances.

Call me crazy, but I think the Bills and the Sabres have a better chance of winning championships next season than Jason has of ultimately winning Becca's heart.

But they will always have chicken wings together.

email: apergament@buffnews.com

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