I swear, y'all. Brady is a real life Ken Doll.
Rachel's Bachelorette Blog (People)
As the night progressed, after my conversations with Blake and Lucas and seeing them concentrate on sabotaging each other more than building a connection with me, I knew there was no more room for Whabooms or ketogenic diets.
Chris Harrison’s Blog (Yahoo! TV)
Kenny was the most confident I’d ever seen him. No one else had a chance, but in his kindness, Kenny may have accidentally allowed himself to lose. I actually think it said a lot as far as Kenny’s character goes. There is no way the average man with that advantage wouldn’t have totally slaughtered the other guys, but not Kenny, who helped the other men learn some moves and made sure a fun time was had by all.
Sharleen Joynt for FLARE Magazine
I get that Lee isn’t actually interested in helping Eric. He obviously relishes getting under Eric’s skin (I would say Eric’s biggest mistake is allowing others to be able to do this), but that’s why the phony “You are a great, capable individual” and “I love you”s are so offensive. I was gritting my teeth watching him tell Eric—who, in this situation is his equal in every way—how much “potential” he has.
And don't miss Sharleen's full recap on her website, All the Pretty Pandas
The horse date was…odd. I think it’s pretty obvious that Rachael gave that date to a guy she wasn’t super into. Since it involved little to no contact for the majority of the date. And I was actually kind of surprised that she gave Anthony a rose at the end of the date. But I don’t necessarily think she wanted to to be honest. But here’s the thing, she just sent home Fred in the middle of her last group date. It would’ve been too much for her to send home Anthony on this one on one and then also do a rose ceremony. Would it have been possible? Well sure. But the juicy episodes where multiple people are sent home on dates and not at the Rose ceremony are saved for special occasions (meaning she has to keep some people along the way). And even though Rachel is definitely paving her own path, she can’t necessarily sent home every guy every time she wants to.
Or better yet, what if Ellen was on The Bachelor in Paradise strictly to just hung out the whole time and go on all of the dates … just hanging in the background offering up her thoughts on every situation!
Ashley I. for Cosmopolitan
While I think Rachel knows the actual good guys from the antagonizers, there's definitely a "fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me" thing happening as she sits down to tell Eric that, given what she’s continuing to hear about him, she’s wary bordering on suspicious. This leads to another confrontation between Eric and Lee, and it's loud and it's feisty and yeah, it's getting good. Lee is relishing in the validity-free drama he’s creating; his contrived air of calm and that condescendingly sly smile infuriate me.
Yahoo! TV by Kristen Baldwin
I’ll admit it, when Rachel picked up the date rose and asked if she could talk to Fred in private, I was momentarily horrified, fooled by Team Bachelorette into thinking she was about to go all Mary Kay Letourneau on us. Rachel, I am so sorry for doubting you.
Vulture by Ali Barthwell
They end up on a hilltop, dancing to a jazz quartet in some sort of black La La Land fantasy. It would still be called La La Land, but it would star La La Anthony. He gets a rose.
Possessionista by Dana Weiss
Fred, who was once Rachel’s camper, and is now one of her suitors, confesses that he’s all about timing and then asks her for a kiss, which I’m pretty sure is how the Mary Kay LeTourneau story started. Our Bachelorette is destined for great things, but a Lifetime Movie isn’t one of them. After an uninspired kiss
behind the cabinduring their one-on-one, Rachel isn’t feeling the sparks and sends Fred home.
I Hate Green Beans by Lincee Ray
All of the guys gather into the sunken living room when they hear Rachel arrive with her girls. Jasmine, Corinne, Sholphin, and Raven (in a white crisscross bodysuit) all squeal and giggle as they escort the lucky group date boys to the party bus. Since Wolverine is a firefighter, Raven makes him work the pole. Kenny shoves him aside to show the boy how real men grind.
TV Lust by Abby Draper
For a reason I don’t understand – JK because the producers made her – Rachel decides to hear DeMario out. To show he really cares for her he tells her he wants to keep it 100 because that’s her motto and my least favorite expression. Then he drops a Facebook quote he learned from the Uber driver who brought him back to the mansion saying, “In order to experience joy you need to experience pain.” Rachel claps back (I’m trying to keep it 100 by saying things like that) and tells him, “I hope the pain you’re feeling gives you joy somewhere else because it’s not going to here.”
How is Rachel’s posse entirely made up of her former co-girlfriends of Nick Viall? Does anyone on this show have any friends before going on The Bachelor?
I feel so bad for all these girls because they are 1) wearing insanely slutty outfits and 2) had to do so much annoying attention-seeking shit just to get famous and popular enough on the show that they were brought back for this small part of this bullshit group date episode.
Also, say "my girls" one more time, Rachel.
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 and Ben Higgins (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, Rob Benedict, and Paget Brewster
Reality Steve with Kiptyn Locke (SPOILERS!)
Roses Before Broses with four dudes in a room. That's actually how they describe it.
Will You Accept this Podcast? (Bustle)
The E&G Podcast with Geoff and Ian
Bachelor Nation News:
Bad Chad actually has a girlfriend (People)