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Last night’s episode of The Bachelor was full of drama. But, is anyone surprised?

Coming off of Champagnegate, it’s hard to believe that the women could take their level of pettiness up a notch but here we are. Sometime between the taping of episodes two and three of the season, the women decided that Alayah Benavidez was public enemy number one and that Peter Weber needed to be saved from her.

Alayah Benavidez | John Fleenor/ABC via Getty Images

Now, this happens pretty much every season of both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. A villain emerges and the rest of the contestants warn the lead about them. But this usually happens after the villain actually does something wrong. Benavidez was pretty absent from the first two episodes of the show, so the group attacking her seemed to come out of nowhere which made fans wonder if the former pageant queen was actually as bad as the rest of the women said she was.

The women accuse Alayah of being calculated

Early on in the episode, Benavidez made the mistake of telling Sydney Hightower that she found it hard to turn off her pageant personality. Which Sydney took to mean that Benavidez was fake in all aspects of her life. It then became Hightower’s sole mission to take Benavidez out.

While on a group date, Hightower pulled Weber aside and told him that she thought that Benavidez was putting on for the cameras. Weber was distraught and asked Hightower to repeat what she said in front of the whole group.

Benavidez obviously tried to clear her name by claiming to be real and genuine but Weber wasn’t convinced.

Later, Weber asked all the women how they felt about Benavidez and most of them agreed that she did play up her personality for the cameras. But the nail on the pageant queen’s coffin came when Victoria Paul accused Benavidez of telling her to lie to producers about knowing one another before filming began.

Is Benavidez actually fake?

Because we didn’t see much of Benavidez before this week, it’s hard to know whether she actually is as fake as the rest of the women say. Though the whole lying to producers thing didn’t paint her in the best light.

She claimed that she told Paul not to mention knowing her so that they wouldn’t be disqualified from going on the show. This reasoning makes absolutely no sense as the Bachelor has had several women who knew each other before the show compete in previous seasons. Last season, Hannah Brown and Caelynn Miller-Keyes both competed for Colton Underwood’s heart and made it pretty far, despite having issues with one another from their pageant days. So, Benavidez might have been grasping at straws with that one.

Alayah returns

On the previews for next week, we see Benavidez returning to the show after being eliminated and things apparently get wild.

But Chris Harrison warned us about Benavidez before the season even got started.

“Maybe the wildest roller coaster ride of the entire season surrounds Alayah,” he said when introducing the women of the season. “Controversy, emotion, something we’ve never had happen before on the show, the history of the show, happens to Alayah.”

So, we’ll have to wait and see whether Benavidez actually deserves all the flack that she is getting from the rest of the women or not.