Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for Season 28, Episodes 4-5 of The Bachelor.
Season 28 of The Bachelor is jet-setting abroad in search of romance, but brace yourselves because the unnecessary (and very petty) drama is hitching a ride too. Despite the breathtaking landscape of Malta promising a fresh start for everyone, Sydney Gordon brings her feud with Maria Georgas along for the international adventure.
However, things take a turn during an awkward 2-on-1 date, where Joey Graziadei puts the petty squabbles to rest. In the end, Sydney gets the boot from the show, leaving a few jaws on the floor, including Lea Cayanan's. As if that isn't enough, Maria catches wind of Lea's not-so-hidden distaste, leading to tears and threats to leave the show.
Now, you must be itching to know what unfolds next in this rollercoaster of love and drama: Does Maria end up going home? Keep reading to find out!
So, does Maria go home on 'The Bachelor'?
In the climactic moments of Episode 4, Maria expresses a strong desire to return to her home in Canada. She candidly tells the filming crew, "I just wanna go home. I hate this. I don't care, give someone else my rose. I really don't care. I'll tell Joey right now I'm leaving."
Sadly, the episode ends there — but Bachelor fanatics won't have to wait long, as the second episode of the two-night event provides the much-anticipated answers. At the start of Episode 5, Maria contemplates letting the other girls win so she can go home. Madina offers comfort, advising her not to leave because Joey wants her around.
As the rose ceremony approaches, Maria decides against giving Lea and the others the satisfaction of her exit, so she chooses to stick around! Later, in a confessional, the Canadian beauty affirms her commitment to Joey, asserting that their connection transcends the "background noise" noise of drama.
Lea and Jess add fuel to the fire when they notice others being nice to Maria.
Despite Maria's efforts to move forward, Lea continues to stir the pot. She's very annoyed that everyone's "being nice to Maria," so the 23-year-old mean girl confronts Madina for not being more upset about Sydney's departure.
Madina doesn't take the blame, firing back with her own arsenal of truth bombs. Undeterred, Lea keeps poking the bear, trying to guilt-trip Madina into ostracizing the executive assistant. Maria catches wind of the drama, but she's rising above with her eyes set on Joey.
Lea's frustration level hits the roof, claiming it "pains her" that Maria's still in the game. Now, picture the shock on her face when Joey hands Maria the group date rose in Episode 5! Lea's left wondering who Maria is behind closed doors since she's pulling off a "damn good performance" whenever she's around Joey.
Fast forward to the cocktail party, where the atmosphere is buzzing with anticipation. But, oh snap! Maria interrupts Katelyn DeBacker's chat with Joey, and suddenly, the mood takes a nosedive. Jess Edwards then swoops in, declaring it "disrespectful" since Maria's already got a rose. She wonders aloud what Joey sees in Maria.
Katelyn tries to smooth things over, insisting Maria was "very sweet" in her approach, though it's like talking to a wall with this group! When Maria returns, Jess calls her out, claiming it's disrespectful to speak with Joey when other ladies are patiently waiting. Maria's not about to be bullied, though, clapping back at Jess, who calls her a "b---h" and storms off in a waterfall of tears, finding solace in Lea's "Maria-is-the-worst" club.
At the rose ceremony, both Lea and Jess snag roses, signaling that Maria's drama-filled journey isn't over yet. In fact, Lea ominously states in a confessional that the real drama is just starting, so Maria best have her guard up.
Tune in for the juicy continuation when a new episode of The Bachelor airs Tuesday, February 13, at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.