‘The Bachelor’: Why Colton Underwood Came Back after the Infamous Fence Jump

It was the moment that Bachelor Nation had all been waiting for. The infamous fence jump. The jumping itself had been teased since the very beginning of Colton Underwood’s season of The Bachelor but there was no context given for what was going on surrounding the moment.

Fans everywhere wondered what could have made Underwood so upset that he would jump over a fence and run away.

Well, in Monday night’s episode, we finally found out.

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Right before her fantasy suite date, contestant Cassie Randolph sat Underwood down and tried to break up with him. She told him that she doubted if their relationship could get to a point where she could accept a proposal from him.

The former football player was broken at the prospect of not ending up with Randolph at the end of the show and as a result, jumped over the fence.

At the end of Monday night’s episode, it was unclear whether either Randolph or Underwood would be back to finish the season. But, according to promos, Underwood did return to The Bachelor.

Underwood recently spoke to Us Weekly about his decision to return after literally fleeing the show.

“You see that, obviously, the story goes on and the show goes on and I think that I had a realization, ‘Life is not fair’ to myself,” he told the outlet. “And I had a very important conversation with Chris [Harrison] about that [is,] … ‘Where do we go from here?'”

Underwood was also able to talk to his family, who helped him cool down.

“And then having a conversation with my family and my dad really helped put things into perspective,” he continued. “It was like, ‘You owe this to yourself and you owe this to these women to really explore and see where to go from here.'”

In previous interviews, Underwood has described the fence jumping moment as the most emotional that he had been the entire season.

“The jump was the most emotional and the most physical that I had to be the entire season,” he told the Hollywood Reporter. “I will also say that fence jump is the most pivotal moment. That was a game-changer. That night changed how everything went.”

He’s also said that the moment pushed not only his limits, but the show’s and Harrison’s as well.

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“I was wanting to feel all of the emotions; I was very raw with it,” he said. “And I will say, I did do things differently. I think that’s what Chris was alluding to, like, ‘Colton pushed us as much as we pushed him.’ I challenged the production of the show, my relationships and myself throughout this entire journey.”

What happened between Underwood and Randolph

When Monday night’s episode began, Randolph and Underwood’s relationship seemed to be as strong as ever. After leaving his date with Tayshia Adams, it was clear that Randolph was the Bachelor’s front runner.

“I can definitely see us working forever,” he even said during his time with Randolph. “I feel like my whole life has been leading to tonight because I love Cassie. I want to be with Cassie. My heart is complete when I think of Cassie.”

But when Randolph’s father surprisingly showed up, he asked her if she was actually in love and excited about the relationship, causing Randolph to have doubts about the whole thing.

Eventually, she told Underwood that while she loved him, she was not in love with him.

The episode closed with a teary eyed Randolph in a limo heading to the airport and Underwood running away from production.

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