Perhaps Nick truly panicked over his inability to let another human being get close to him. After all (SPOILERS, BITCHES. GET REAL), he sent home Jasmine and Danielle L. after both women admitted they were falling in love with him.
He told viewers,
This is the second time I've had someone tell me they're falling in love with me and knowing that my heart feels differently... What do you say to someone that, at the beginning of all this, the first thing you thought was how lucky you would be if this was the person you fell in love with? Who tells you they're falling in love with you and the only thing your heart is telling you is 'no'? ... Maybe it's just me, maybe it's me that can't reciprocate the same type of love that [Danielle's] so willing and able to give... I can't help but wonder after tonight if the reality is that as much as I want this to work for me, that it's not... It's hard not to wonder if the same thing is going to happen to every other one of my strong relationships.
Shockingly, Nick did not dwell too long on his decision to straight-up abandon Whitney on an island.
Few fans feel bad for ol' Nick.
OR the remaining women, for that matter.
Some fans shared Nick's pain, or at least reveled in it.
Others suggested the real tragedy lies in this total charade of a courtship.
The consensus? Crocodile tears.
No one is saying Nick can't express his emotions, but fans appear less sympathetic toward the man with a roomful of gorgeous, interesting women to choose from than toward contestants like Jasmine who, driven insane by competition, tried to lightheartedly choke the trophy to death.
Can Nick pull it together and do right by the women who put their lives on hold for a chance to build a future with him? Was Danielle L. right when she said Nick was "making a mistake"? Will Whitney ever get off that island?
Hard to tell, folks. Hard. To. Tell.