It was the Bachelor Pad twist no one saw coming.
With a clear target on Chris Bukowski's back after his manipulative behavior on the August 13 episode, fans and cast members alike were floored when host Chris Harrison announced a shocking switcheroo on Monday's show.
After Blakeley Shea and Tony Pieper triumphed in the episode's challenge and went on their respective dates, Harrison revealed that each member of the house would vote for one woman only during the night's rose ceremony, and that the eliminated female contestant would then choose the man who'd be sent home along with her.
"I love this twist. Here I am the guy who's going to leave this house, then now it's a roller-coaster," beamed Bukowski, nearly booted after he ineffectively lobbied to eliminate Shea on the August 13 show. "I feel like the ball's in my court."
Last season's Bachelor Pad champ Michael Stagliano was also intrigued by the twist, and campaigned heavily to get his alliance members to vote out veteran Erica Rose; he also tried to convince Rose to believe Bukowski was behind her ouster and thus eliminate him.
"If I'm leaving, I'm taking this house down with me," outspoken Rose fumed after learning the house had turned against her. "If I go home, there'll be hell to pay and I will get justice."
Indeed, Rose was denied another week in the house (in favor of Lindzi Cox), prompting her to go on an anti-Stagliano tirade -- ultimately sending him home instead of Bukowski.
"You're so fake. You're a crappy person and a crappy friend," Lorenzo Borghese's Bachelor ex Rose sniped of Stagliano, before ripping into his relationship with former fiancee Holly Durst.
"The smartest thing Holly did was dump you and marry [Bachelor Pad alum] Blake [Julian], because she's with an honest man who doesn't lie," she continued. "I'm glad you came back so people could see you're a bad person. I could not be happier that I'm serving justice and this is karma."
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This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Bachelor Pad: Michael Stagliano Sent Home in Elimination Shocker