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Devastating heartbreak on The Bachelor Canada makes for great TV: Schneller

Popular series excels at reassuring you that love is out there — no matter if you believe in The One or not.

The Bachelor Canada will show Chris Leroux visiting the families of Lyndsey, Mikaela and Catie on Wednesday night.

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The Bachelor Canada will show Chris Leroux visiting the families of Lyndsey, Mikaela and Catie on Wednesday night.

The Show: The Bachelor Canada, Season 3, Episode 7 (W Network)

The Moment: Normal love

In the Dominican Republic (Canadian tourism alert!), hunky baseball player Chris Leroux takes two of his wannabe-wives, chatty Catie and cool Kait, on a cable-car ride up a mountain. One woman will get a rose, the other will go home.

“I’m a normal guy who wants to fall in love with the person he’s supposed to fall in love with,” Chris says, in a normal tone of voice. Later, he adds, “If I didn’t have hesitations, I wouldn’t be normal.”

He sits on a bench between the women. Looking back and forth between them, he says, “When I picture myself in 50 years, I picture myself” — sigh — “with Catie.” He and Catie walk away holding hands, leaving Kait on the bench — in the rain.

We all know there’s nothing “normal” about falling in love after a couple of TV dates. But this setup was particularly brutal. Picturing Kait’s long cable-car ride down the mountain alone — it’s positively haunting.

It’s also great TV, because it plays to all our romance hopes at once. If you believe there are lots of people out there for you, given the right day, the right date, the right dress, this series reassures you: Chris says he’s “falling for multiple people at the same time.” Therefore there’s no such thing as one true love.

But if you believe in the fairytale of The One, well, the series also reinforces that (even though Chris’s sigh wasn’t exactly a sigh of relief). That belief requires a lot of flowers and candles and long shots of lovers silhouetted in an ocean set aglow by an orange sunset to make it credible. Luckily the franchise has the budget.

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