Husband Material? Um, no.
Bachelor League Episode 2 Commentary: Ohhhh...who's this?
Rachel's Bachelorette Blog (People)
I woke up the morning after the meeting the guys to my dog Copper nuzzling my face with his wet little nose. While I was in Los Angeles preparing for this journey, Copper was involved in an accident that left one bone in his little paw broken. I knew I wouldn’t be able to focus on finding love if I left the most important piece of my heart back in Dallas. So right before the guys showed up I flew back, had his furry leg wrapped in a cast, and booked us both first class seats back to California. Truth is I needed him to comfort me as much as he needed me.
Chris Harrison’s Blog (Yahoo! TV)
We’re only one week into dates and already the drama is off the charts. Blake and Lucas are at each other’s throats. DeMario and Lexi aren’t seeing eye-to-eye. The journey has only just begun but I have a feeling this season is going to be one of the craziest love stories ever told.
Sharleen Joynt for FLARE Magazine
An ethical player makes sure his or her partner(s) know where he or she stands; they’re not leading them to believe a parental meet-and-greet is around the corner. Thus, it wasn’t so much DeMario’s “wrong reasons” that gave me chills, but rather the familiarity and ease with which he lied. That shit-eating grin turned horrified, turned innocent: “Hey, who’s this?” It was as though he was flipping through a Rolodex of scenarios and corresponding lies. What I would have liked was to see him just own up to that relationship being exactly what it was: some sort of casual sex buddy, emphasizing it wasn’t serious and they both always knew it. But that’s where he lost me. Last night, he lied right up until he couldn’t lie any more, and then he was trapped there by his own lies from months ago. Had he been an ethical player and not led Lexi to believe what they had was something meaningful, I might’ve been defending him here today. But nope. There’s guilt in passivity, too; if he knew Lexi was growing attached and seeing herself as his girlfriend, to allow that when you know you don’t reciprocate those feelings is also not alright. Either way, DeMario The Dirtbag he is.
And don't miss Sharleen's full recap on her website, All the Pretty Pandas
I got so many tweets last night from people saying that Demario having a girlfriend was similar to Rated R having a girlfriend on my season. (For those of you who don’t know or didn’t watch my season. Rated R was a guy who had a girlfriend on my season and I called him out on it.) I’m so glad that Rachel found out about Demario’s girlfriend early in the season. It’s always super frustrating when these guys make it far into the season and you waste your time on them. And it drove me nuts how Demario kept saying “this is personal life stuff”, so does that mean he thinks the rest of the show is fake? Doesn’t he realize that Rachael being the Bachelorette is SUPER personal to her?? That right there told me that he certainly isn’t in this for the right reasons. But wasn’t Rachel so bad a$$ in questioning him! She totally went into lawyer mode with her questions. I love that she was levelheaded, let him speak, and was able to decipher based on his answers that he was full of BS.
One thing I noticed last night was that Rachel is really good at focusing on the POSITIVE and on the positive people which is so crucial when there are so many other things that you can be focusing on.
Ashley I. for Cosmopolitan
Blake is really trying to play the “hero” who continuously accuses someone of being there for the wrong reasons. FYI, this “hero” is never a hero — in reality they're annoying and insecure. To be honest, I’d even rather date Whaboom. I can't believe I said that, actually, but here we all are.
Yahoo! TV by Kristen Baldwin
Lucas is now reading our Bachelorette a poem, one in which he rhymes the real word “smile” with the made-up word “entile.” Though she plays along with this whole “giving him a chance” act (“he continues to surprise me”), I think this really says it all:
And by “it all,” I mean, “I kept this asshat because you guys asked me to, but how long do I have to suffer this fool? Is one episode enough?” At least, I hope that’s what she’s thinking.
Vulture by Ali Barthwell
I am here for asking the contesticles to reveal if they have health insurance and a job. Line up in order of the size of your benefits package. Who got dental? Iggy? You got dental? The best part of the Husband Material Challenge is Rachel looking straight into the camera and saying, “I’m wife material, so they better be husband material!” I’m here for Rachel asserting loudly and often that any of these guys would be lucky to have her. She got dental, y’all.
Possessionista by Dana Weiss
To write about the Bachelor/ette, I watch the show two or three times. The first, just to soak it all in. The second for anything I missed. And the last, to capture images of the clothes. But last week I didn’t do that, because I physically couldn’t handle it. Honestly, I would rather watch a thousand of Caila’s snapchats than endure even a single additional Whaboom.
I Hate Green Beans by Lincee Ray
Ashton seems legitimately angry that Lucas wins the race. All the other men soothe and pet their babies like they are therapy dogs as Rachel puts a “Husband Material” medal around Lucas’ neck. He wanders over to Ashton, suggesting the actor give him a Whaaabooom. Ashton taps into his former modeling career experiences and stares him down through squinted eyes with the focus of a thousand Kate Mosses. Mila tries to play along, but Ashton refuses to acknowledge Lucas’ annoying Whaaaboooom wind-up, even with a smile. Lucas’ hope of Ashton retweeting that biz is dashed in a single moment.
TV Lust by Abby Draper
Rachel asks him the inevitable “Why are you still single?” question after the producers coax her, and he tells her that he has been brokenhearted. But, you guys, he went to a relationship therapist and is now ready for love. Because, you know, so many straight dudes think seeing a therapist after a break-up is totally the way to go. It’s definitely not rebound sex.
And … what do you know, much like their shared tooth gap, she has also been to a relationship therapist. With so much in common, she knows she must offer him the first date rose. He accepts.
Enter Lexi. Hello actress, I mean Lexi. It's nice to meet you. I don't believe this set up for a second, but I will say it made good TV. I believe DeMario is a scumbag, I believe DeMario has cheated on a girl. I believe DeMario knows Lexi! What I don't believe? They were dating 3 days before After the Final Rose. I'm not sure I believe they even dated. This could all be 100% made up. Rachel could even be in on it, just for the sake of ratings!
This week on The Bachelorette, Rachel proved to be one of the betchiest Bachelorettes in history. She looked amazing, she gave zero fucks or tears about telling DeMario to GTFO, and she even used her date with Peter to get out of paying a dog sitter. She is a true class act.
Here to Make Friends with Emma and Claire (Huffington Post)
Bachelorette Live! with Julia Cunningham and Millsy (EW on Sirius)
Bachelorette Party with Juliet Litman (Channel 33)
Coming up Roses with Barstool Chief, Barstool Trent, and Kelly Keegs (Barstool Sports)
Rose Buddies with Griffin and Rachel McElroy
Will you Accept this Rose? with Arden Myrin, Erin Foley, and Paget Brewster
Reality Steve with Lesley Murphy (SPOILERS!)
Rose Before Bros with four dudes in a room. That's actually how they describe it.
Will You Accept this Podcast? (Bustle)
Bachelor Nation News:
Kaitlyn has a new podcast, and it's definitely worth a listen.
Ben H. and Ashley I. also have a podcast, and it's....not good.
Bachelor in Paradise starts filming this weekend, and we've got two confirmed contestants (more, if you want to venture over to Reality Steve's site). (People)
— DeMario Jackson (@demariojackson_) May 30, 2017