This is definitely pre-bug consumption, right?
Arie's Bachelor Blog (People)
Something that really broke my heart was having to say goodbye to Maquel under the terrible circumstances of the passing of her grandfather. Something you didn’t see in the episode was a talk we had before she left. She came to me privately to tell me about what had happened. We talked for a while about how much he had meant to her, and I shared my own experience of losing my grandfather, who had been so influential in my life. I’m grateful that Maquel shared what she shared with me in that private moment. It was brave. She was brave. I told Maquel that if she wanted to give us a shot, she could come back into this journey whenever she wanted, if and when she was ready.
Chris Harrison’s Blog (Yahoo! TV)
The group date this week was hilarious. First and foremost, the pee gag (pun intended) was one of the funniest things I’ve seen on this show. I have to give major props to Jacqueline and Jenna for being willing to go the extra mile for Arie. First of all, the location for this date was really deep in the woods, maybe two hours away from the Hard Rock, where Arie was staying. On top of that, the forecast for the day was partly sunny with a low in the 50s, but as soon as Arie, our wilderness experts, and the women got off into the woods, it started snowing. To say that no one was really prepared to spend the entire day wet and in the snow would be an understatement. Feet were frozen and noses went numb. Thankfully, this is The Bachelor, so there was a giant hot tub as the light at the end of the tunnel — and that is exactly where you could really see that as the ladies were defrosting, their claws were coming out.
Sharleen Joynt (FLARE Magazine)
I think Krystal is one of the best villains this show has ever seen. I don’t enjoy watching a villain who seems completely undeserving of their edit, and while I don’t think Krystal is quite as bad as her edit suggests, she definitely isn’t without fault. It’s as though she possesses a perfect cocktail of traits formerly seen in the best villains of seasons past. She’s got the frontrunner status and corresponding arrogance that Courtney Robertson—the queen bee of villains—had on Ben Flajnik’s season. She has that pinch of superiority and condescension that Kelsey (from Chris Soules’s season) had. She shares Tierra’s (from Sean Lowe’s season) inability to reflect and take responsibility for rubbing others wrong, incorrectly chalking the friction up to jealousy. In a way similar to Olivia from Ben Higgins’s season, she (within that environment) lacks a certain awareness to pick up on social cues. Like all of these women, she undoubtedly bonded with her producer more than she did the women in the house, which is always dangerous. Further, Krystal has a slightly affected, overly “on” way about her that is reminiscent of Britt (also from Chris’s season, and not really a full-blown villain, but she was somewhat controversial), yet, unlike legendary villains Corinne and Chad, I don’t get the sense that this is a performance piece. And then there’s an aspect to Krystal that is unlike any other former contestant, in that it feels like, with that aforementioned affect, she thinks she’s fooling everyone—something about which makes watching her downright delicious.
Don't miss Sharleen's full recap on her website too!
Ali Fedotowsky (aliluvs.com)
On so many seasons they have a rose ceremony where the cocktail party is abruptly canceled. Let me let you guys in a little something. I would’ve canceled every cocktail party on my season if I could have (except the first two). Every week I knew who I was sending home going into the rose ceremony. Those few extra moments with people at the end of the week isn’t going to change the way you feel about your connection with them. Unless something huge happens. But for the most part, you know who you’re sending home well before the cocktail party.
Ashley I. (Cosmopolitan)
Kendall excels in this environment. Despite her love for stuffed dead animals, Arie’s digging that she could rock a job at Bass Pro Shop and also clean up nicely.
On the opposite end of the hiking spectrum, Marikh is me when she’s trying to check her hair and makeup on the hike. And hey, don’t glam-shame her. She’s on TV in front of millions! She can check the mirror and reapply lipstick as needs be. I never understood why I got shit for keeping up with my touch ups — I was just trying to look my best and not just for the viewers, but for the main man!
Raven Gates (Bustle)
Then we saw Kendall, Tia, and Arie cheers with some worms to eat. This is all while Krystal was saying how “desperate” the girls are getting. Well, ya know what Krystal? Maybe you should join in instead of being a negative Nancy. It is all about the journey, after all. Isn’t that what we all say?
Yahoo! TV by Kristen Baldwin
Things we learned during the cocktail party:
*Arie is looking for a woman with a “flexible schedule.” (h/t Lauren)
*Kendall has a taxidermied duckling named Ping. (And Arie LOVES it: “She’s quirky and extremely sexy at the same time.”)
*It took Krystal four weeks to realize that she’s on The Bachelor. “I felt challenged being in such a large group date,” she grouses. “He’s one person, and we’re 12.”
Entertainment Weekly by Samantha Highfill
Vulture by Ali Barthwell
At one point on the group date, Kendall says Arie is a good guy. Is he? Or is he just a white man who hasn’t murdered anyone? What has he done that’s “good”? Because he’s really excited to date a 22-year-old.
I Hate Green Beans by Lincee Ray
When Arie invites Seinne to cop-a-squat on the beach, our Yale girl shines. She figuratively pulls conversation from Arie’s mouth, careful to tread lightly when he bristles at the mention of his younger brother’s wedding. My guess is that Arie always assumed the family’s Dutch castle would be reserved for HIS wedding, and not little bro’s.
Possessionista by Dana Weiss
Let’s just get this out in the open. The theme of tonight’s episode of the Bachelor is “22 is too young to get married.” According to the geriatric 29-year-olds on this show, you need time to mature, travel, and build an Instagram following of, at least, 100k before settling down with a guy you barely know for a six-month engagement and a People Magazine cover.
The women don’t have time to unpack their suitcases, or Bekah’s pack-n-play, before the first date card arrives for Seinne. The card reads “let love sore” and my first thought is that Arie is going to give her an STD. It turns out to say “soar” with an “a” and the two go parasailing, a date safer, albeit less interesting than what I’d previously anticipated.
Did Arie take a fucking Yale graduate to the Hard Rock Cafe? Did he?? Did they also dine on Java Lava Burgers and then buy T-shirts after? Because that’s what my family did when we dined there after my middle school swim meets. SEINNE, HONEY, DUMP HIS ASS.
Bachelor Nation Weekly (Afterbuzz)
Wells's Drunk Snapchat:
#drunksnapchat ep 4 is back! What do we make fun of tonight....let’s see #thebachelor tries to make a bunch of girls drink their own pee pee, Krystal whispers a lot and Bekah just got detention for skipping out on P.E. to go on The Bachelor. Enjoy!
Posted by Wells Adams on Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Almost Famous with Ashley I, Ben Higgins, and Arie! (iHeartRadio)
Bachelor Live with Julia Cunningham and Robert Mills (EW Radio)
Bachelor Party with Juliet Litman and Molly McNearney (The Ringer)
Here to Make Friends with Claire and Emma, featuring Kristen Baldwin (Huffington Post)
I Hate Green Beans with Lincee Ray and Some Guy in Austin
Rosecast with Rim and AB
Will you Accept this Rose? with Arden Myrin and Sarah Colonna (Nerdist)
Bachelor Nation News:
Which Bachelor Season 22 Girl are you? (Buzzfeed)
Okay, so the big story in Bachelor Nation this week revolves around spoilers. We make no bones about the fact that we read spoilers here at Bachelor League - that's actually how the Bachelor/ette groups are created for the draft. However, I think we've also done a good job creating a point system that rewards actions/comments that cannot be spoiled. The vast majority of points are awarded via Magic Words.
As always, Reality Steve spoiled the outcome of this season on his site shortly after filming ended. He also supplied episode-by-episode spoilers prior to airing.
But this week, things took a turn.
If you're interested in reading/hearing about how this season is going to end and why it's not the same ending that was filmed in November, check it out. (WARNING: SUPER DUPER SPOILERIFFIC)
And listen to the Reality Steve podcast, featuring Bachelor League-favorite, Possessionista Dana Weiss.
Not interested? Steer clear. And enjoy the love story. 🙂